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Jay Zambito

Associate Professor of Geology, Beloit College

Jay’s research focuses on identifying and characterizing climatically-induced extinction events recorded in the Paleozoic rock record using a combination of geochemistry, paleontology, stratigraphy, sedimentology, and fluid inclusion analysis. He also studies the geochemistry and mineralogy of Cambrian-age frac sand deposits in Wisconsin in order to understand the potential environmental impacts of sand mining, and more recently the geology of critical minerals and REEs.


Geneva Helland

2023-present

Senior Thesis:

Investigating the Utility of Environmental Proxies for TOC and Natural Gamma Radiation in the Devonian Shale of the Illinois basin

Isabel Johnson

2021-present

Isabel started in the Beloit Paleo Lab as a research assistant on the ACS PRF-funded Appalachian Basin black shale project and is now undertaking her senior thesis as part of a Keck Geology Consortium Project.

Senior Thesis:

Characterizing the Ellsworth Formation of the Michigan Basin using Litho- and Chemostratigraphy

Jack Collier

2021-present

Jack started in the Beloit Paleo Lab as a research assistant and is now undertaking his senior thesis.

Senior Thesis:

Determining the Origin of Paleo-Indian Artifacts from Wisconsin, USA

Gabe DuRussel

2021-present

Gabe started in the Beloit Paleo Lab as a research assistant and is now undertaking his senior thesis.


Senior Thesis:

Interpreting Geochemical Proxies in Illinois Basin Devonian Black Shale

Olivia Farbarik

2019-2023

Olivia started in the Beloit Paleo Lab during her first year at Beloit College, and we were fortunate that she continued to work with us throughout her time at Beloit!

Senior Thesis:

Using the A-12 Drill Core (Bullitt County, KY) to Interpret Devonian Carbon Cycle Dynamics


Conference Abstracts:

2022 NC-SE GSA Cincinnati, OH

2021 GSA Portland, OR

2021 NE GSA Online

Emma May

2022-2023

Senior Thesis:

Beloit College La Brea Tar Pit Fossil Collection Taxonomy and Taphonomy: Insights into Predation


Post-Beloit:

Emma currently works in Saguaro National Park in Tucson, AZ on the wildland fire crew.

Daniel Bolin

2022-2023

Senior Thesis:

Litho- and Chemostratigraphic Reconstruction of the New Albany Shale (SDH-273 core, Indianapolis, IN)


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Anna Weldon

2021-2023

Senior Thesis:

The Impact of Forest Evolution on the Organic Matter Composition of Illinois Basin Devonian Black Shale


Conference Abstracts:

2022 GSA Denver, CO

2022 NC GSA Cincinnati, OH


Post-Beloit:

Anna is currently a master's student at the University of Kansas

Laura Hughson

2021-2022

Senior Thesis:

Local and Regional Patterns of Marine Black Shale Organic Matter in the Devonian Appalachian Basin


Conference Abstracts:

2022 NCGSA Cincinnati, OH


Morgan Fries

2020-2021

Senior Thesis:

The Reliability of Outcrops  for Organic Geochemical Data: A Case Study Using Devonian Black Shales


Conference Abstracts:

2022 NC-SE GSA Cincinnati, OH

2021 GSA Portland, OR

2021 NE GSA Online


Walker Weyland

2019-2021

Senior Thesis:

Determining the Direction of Early Trilobite Environmental Migration


Post-Beloit:

Walker is currently a master's student in the Droser PaleoEcology lab at the University of California, Riverside studying variability across the most mature ecosystems of the Ediacaran Period in the Ediacara Hills of South Australia


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Delaney McCarthy

2020-2021

Senior Thesis:

Devonian Organic Matter Variability within the Appalachian Basin


Conference Abstracts:

2021 NE GSA Online


Post-Beloit:

Delaney is currently a GIS Technician at Invenergy.


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Maddie Holicky

2019-2021

Maddie joined the lab at the beginning of our ACS PRF-funded Appalachian Basin black shale project. She helped develop the methods we used and collected and analyzed some of the initial samples for the project.


Conference Abstracts:

2022 NC-SE GSA Cincinnati, OH

2021 GSA Portland, OR

2021 NE GSA Online


Post-Beloit:

Maddie is a Project Geologist at TRC Companies.

Emily Clinkscales

2019-2021

Emily joined the lab at the beginning of our ACS PRF-funded Appalachian Basin black shale project. She helped develop the methods we used and collected and analyzed some of the initial samples for the project.


Conference Abstracts:

2022 NC-SE GSA Cincinnati, OH

2021 GSA Portland, OR

2021 NE GSA Online


Post-Beloit:

Emily is currently undertaking her MS degree in Geology at the University of Wyoming, studying the geochemistry of CO2-fluid-rock interactions.


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Andy Rich

2019-2020

Senior Thesis:

Taphonomy and Biodiversity of Fish Fossils from the Middle Devonian Milwaukee Formation


Publications:

2022 Rich and Zambito, PALAIOS


Conference Abstracts:

2022 GSA Connects


Post-Beloit:

In 2023, Andy earned a MS degree in Paleontology from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSMT); his thesis focused on mosasaur taphonomy in the Pierre Shale. He is currently working at the Montana Dinosaur Center.

Zowie Fox

2019-2020

Senior Thesis:

Reconstructing the Cambrian Carbon Cycle Using ~500 million-year-old Phosphatic Brachiopods


Conference Abstracts:

2020 GSA Connects

Philippe Rollet 

2019-2020

Senior Thesis:

Constraining the Depositional Environment of Triassic Halite from the Röt Basin, Netherlands 

Jennifer Pantelios

2018-2019

Senior Thesis:

Implications of Cambrian sandstone phosphorus runoff on eutrophic waters, Dunn County, WI


Post-Beloit:

Jennifer is a Gardening Instructor at the nonprofit After School Matters. She develops hands-on apprenticeship programs for teens with a focus on sustainable and ecologically centered gardening activities.  


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Christine Shonnard

2018-2019

Senior Thesis:

Evaluating cycles in distal floodplain deposition within the Early Paleogene Hanna Basin, Wyoming, U.S.A.


Publications:

2019 Shonnard et al., Keck Geology Consortium Short Contributions


Conference Abstracts:

2019 SC-NS-RM GSA Manhattan, KS


Post-Beloit:

After graduating from Beloit College, Christine worked as a Physical Scientist at the EPA. She is currently climbing volcanoes in Mexico.