Former Students and Postdocs

Ph.D. (2012-2016)
Thesis title:  “A Paleolimnological Analysis of the Hierarchy of Environmental Controls on the Resilience of Aquatic Communities in Yellowstone National Park, USA”
Present position:  Assistant Professor, Tarleton State University, Texas
Weide, Marie
Ph.D. (2012-2016)
Thesis title:  “Environmental variability on the Bolivian Altiplano during the middle and late Holocene inferred from paleoenvironmental records from the southern basin of Lake Titicaca and Andean ice cores”
Present position:  Visiting Assistant Professor, Kansas State University,
Ph.D. (2010-2015)
Thesis title:  “Sizes, shifts, & structures: A statistical exploration of changes in diatom morphologies and communities”
Present position:  NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Texas at Austin
Ph.D. (2010-2014)
Thesis title:  “Watershed and Aquatic Ecosystem Evolution during the Late Glacial and Early Holocene in the Greater Yellowstone Region”
Present position:  Micropaleontologist, PaleoData, Inc., New Orleans
Ph.D. (2000 – 2005)
Thesis title:  “A high-resolution record of Holocene drought variability and the diatom stratigraphy of Foy Lake, Montana”
Present position:  Associate Professor, Indiana State University
Ph.D. (2000 – 2006)
Thesis title:  “Diatom-inferred records of paleolimnological change and Holocene paleoclimate variability from the Altai Mountains (Siberia) and Columbia Mountains (British Columbia)”
Present position:  Research Scientist, Indiana State University
Bracht, Brandi
Ph.D. (2005 – 2009)
Thesis title:  “Evaluating Lake Response to Environmental and Climatic Change Using Lake Core Records and Modeling”
Present position:  Hydrologist, Nebraska Department of Natural Resources
Hobbs, Will
Post-doctoral Fellow(2008 – 2009)
Present position:  Ecologist, Washington State Department of Ecology
Cook Shinneman, Avery
Post-doctoral Fellow(2008 – 2009)
Present position:  Lecturer, University of Washington Bothell
Schmieder, Jens
Ph.D. (2005 – 2009)
Thesis title:  “Linking Eolian and Lacustrine Records of Late Holocene Climate in the Nebraska Sand Hills”
Present position:  Associate Geologist, BHP Billiton, Houston
Postdoctoral Fellow (2004 – 2006)
Research:  “Quaternary climate in the Lake Titicaca drainage basin”
Present position:  Staff Scientist, California State Water Board, Sacramento, CA
Aebly, Frank
Ph.D. (2001 – 2006)
Thesis title:  “Geomorphic records of Holocene lake-level history in West Greenland”
Present position:  Hydrologist, US Forest Service, Mendocino, CA
Bennett, Danuta
Postdoctoral Fellow (2002 – 2005)
Research:  “Using paleolimnology to evaluate a lake classification system developed from contemporary data sets in an agricultural landscape”
Present position:  Research Scientist, UCSB
Research Associate (1999 – 2005)
Research:  “Holocene climate history of the northern Rocky Mountains”
Present position:  Associate Professor, California State University – Long Beach
Jacobs, Kim
M.S. (2002 – 2004)
Thesis title:  “Lacustrine evidence for moisture changes during Marine Isotope Stage 3 in the Nebraska Sand Hills”
Present position:  Environmental consulting firm, Dickinson, N.D.
M.S. (2001 – 2003)
Thesis title:  “Lacustrine Geochemical Records of Holocene Environmental History in West Greenland”
Present position:  Research Associate Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Tapia, Pedro
Ph.D. (1998 – 2003)
Thesis title: “Late Quaternary Diatom Stratigraphy, Paleoenvironments, and Climate Variability in Lakes Titicaca and Junin (Peru and Bolivia)”
Present position:  Scientist, Peruvian Ministry of Culture
M.S. (1999 – 2001)
Thesis title: “Diatom Distribution and Response to Climate in Lakes of the Northern Rocky Mountains”
Present position:  Research Professor, University of Florida
M.S. (1999 – 2001)
Thesis title: “Groundwater-Surfacewater-Climate Interactions of Two Lakes in Southeastern North Dakota”
Present position: Associate Professor, Berry College, Mount Berry, GA
Ph.D. (1995 – 1999)
Thesis title: “The Role of Ionic Concentration and Composition in Determining Diatom Distributions in Saline Lakes”
Present position:  Professor, University of Maine
M.S. (1997 – 1999)
Thesis title: “Pollution Trends in Minnesota Lakes: The Use of Fossil Diatoms as Paleoindicators of Human Impact”
Present position:  Research Scientist, St. Croix Watershed Research Station, MN
Olson, Olaf G.
Ph.D. (1994 – 1998)
Thesis title: “Mechanisms Controlling Long-Term Changes in Periphytic Diatom Community Structure”
Laird, Kate
Ph.D. (1992 – 1996)
Thesis title: “A High Resolution Paleoclimatic Record of a Closed-Basin Lake in the Northern Great Plains”
Present position:  Research Scientist, Queens University
NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow (1993 – 1994)