Current and former students

I've had the good fortune to work with a number of great undergraduate and graduate students at UMD. Grad students have worked on Precambrian metamorphic rocks in the Mojave Desert of eastern California, glacial record of ice-covered Precambrian basement in Antarctica, tectonics and petrologic relations in the Ross Orogen of Antarctica, contact metamorphism related to emplacement of the Duluth Complex in Minnesota, and structural-petrologic-tectonic evolution of Archean crust in northern Minnesota. Below are some highlights in their own words.

Tanya Dreyer (PhD candidate)

Isotopic record of ice-covered crust in glacial clasts and granitoids of the Transantarctic Mountains in Antarctica.

Amy Radakovich (MS candidate)

Structural-petrologic-tectonic evolution of Archean crust in northern Minnesota.

Jennifer Goldner (MS candidate)

Structural-petrologic-tectonic evolution of Archean crust in northern Minnesota.

Shelby Frost (MS 2010)

Contact metamorphism related to emplacement of the Duluth Complex in Minnesota. My thesis was on the effects of contact metamorphism by the Duluth Complex on Proterozoic footwall rocks in northeastern Minnesota. I conducted this research in order to understand crustal conditions associated with the emplacement of a large magma body such as the Duluth Complex, and develop a better idea of the thermal state of the crust during the time of rifting. Using petrographic and scanning electron microscopy methods, and thermal modeling, I attempted to better understand the conditions at the time of the emplacement of the Duluth Complex.

I got a lot out of my thesis, including skills learned while gathering data, skills learned while writing the thesis, and skills learned while presenting it. I fine-tuned my abilities both on a petrographic microscope and a scanning electron microscope. I also learned how to create a thermal model on Excel and run multiple computer models. In addition I learned how to write a flowing thesis, and how to manage my time so I could finish the thesis by graduation. Lastly, I strengthened my ability to give a public speech, especially one in where I defend my ideas to a panel. Doing this thesis really helped me grow as a person and I developed valuable skills that I can use in the workforce.

Currently I am living in Houston, TX, where my fiancé is working for an oil company. I am working for a community college teaching a variety of classes, including Earth Science, Physical Science, and Environmental Science. I am really enjoying teaching science to students who may have never had a science class they’ve enjoyed before, and I’ve found I don’t mind public speaking as much as I used to either. I hope to continue to teach in the Houston area at many community colleges as I develop a rapport in the area.

Chris White (MS 2010; co-advised with Jim Miller)

Petrology of igneous rocks related to mineralization at the base of the Duluth Complex in Minnesota.

Devon Brecke (MS 2007)

Glacial record of ice-covered Precambrian basement in Antarctica.

Michael Rieser (MS 2005)

Structure and petrology of Precambrian metamorphic rocks in the Mojave Desert of eastern California.

 

Students Advised

Graduate Students

Tanya Dreyer (Ph.D. candidate; thesis advisor)
Amy Radakovich (M.S. candidate; thesis advisor)
Shelby Frost (M.S., 2010; thesis advisor)
Glenn Phillips (Ph.D. 2006, University of Melbourne, Australia); external examining committee
Jennifer Goldner (M.S. candidate; thesis advisor)
Christopher White (M.S. 2010; thesis co-advisor)
Devon Brecke (M.S. 2007; thesis advisor)
Seth Kruckenberg (Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Twin Cities)
Michael Rieser (M.S. 2005; thesis advisor)
David Maidment (Ph.D. 2005, Australian National University); external examining committee
Sarah Deering (M.S. 2002; thesis advisor)

Undergraduate Students

Blake Lemcke (UMD, B.S. 2007)
Katie Brosch (UMD, B.S. 2005)
Diane Curelli (UMD, B.S. 2005)
Lucas Stolp (UMD, B.S. 2003)
Elena Miranda (SMU, B.S. 2000)
Sarah Deering (SMU, B.S. 1998)
Jennifer Kohl (SMU, B. S. 1997)