Alexis Licht – Principal Investigator
Alexis is a sedimentary geologist and geochronologist interested in how climate and tectonics shaped Earth’s ecosystems through time.
Megan Mueller – Phd Student, 2016 – onwards
Megan is studying the evolution of the successive continental collisions in central Anatolia, Turkey, to refine our understanding of the geodynamics of subduction zones and reconstruct the paleogeography of Turkey. Her tools include U-Pb geochronology for sedimentary provenance and dating, sandstone petrography, clastic sedimentology and basin analysis.
Hope Sisley – Phd Student, 2016 – onwards
Hope’s project focuses on reconstructing the uplift timing of the Cascades Range, Washington State, to understand how it impacted regional aridity and fluvial drainages. Her tools include stable isotope geochemistry on leaf waxes as a proxy for paleoaltimetry and aridity, U-Pb geochronology and sandstone petrography for sedimentary provenance.
Virginia Littell –Master’s student, 2017 – onwards
Virginia’s project focuses on tracing the intensity of the South Asian Monsoon through the Eocene-Oligocene climate transition. Her tools include various stable isotopic proxies applied on fossils and lignites from central Myanmar.
Sam Shekut – Undergraduate (in the lab since Spring 2017)
Sam works on the uplift of the Olympic Mountains, Washington, via zircon geochronology.
Ian Spendlove – Undergraduate (in the lab since Spring 2018)
Ian works on Sedimentary rocks from the Boyabat Basin, northern Turkey, using zircon geochronology and biostratigraphy to date several fossil vertebrate sites.
Aida Amirah Rusman – Undergraduate (in the lab since Summer 2018)
Aida works on Sedimentary rocks from Myanmar in order to reconstruct the history of river drainage there in the geological time, using zircon geochronology and sandstone petrography.
Li Sen – Visiting graduate Student (in the lab since Fall 2018)
Sen is a PhD student from China University of Geosciences (Wuhan) and is visiting the lab for one year. Sen works on sedimentary cores from the Bohai Sea, China, to reconstruct the geological history of NE China, using clumped isotopes and zircon geochronology.
Gui Aksit – Undergraduate (in the lab since Fall 2018)
Gui works on Sedimentary rocks from Turkey in order to reconstruct the history of terrane collisions and deformation, using zircon geochronology and sandstone petrography.
Chris Baird – Undergraduate (in the lab since Fall 2018)
Chris works on Sedimentary rocks from Southwest Montana in order to reconstruct the uplift history of the North American Cordillera, using zircon geochronology and sandstone petrography.
Stokke Xu – Undergraduate (in the lab since Fall 2018)
Stokke works on Miocene rocks from Myanmar in order to reconstruct the paleoenvironments of the first grasslands of South Asia, using Stable isotopes and phytolith analysis.
Jon Rowe – Undergraduate (in the lab since Fall 2018)
Jon works on the isotopic composition of modern soils and leaves from the Cascade Range, in order to understand the evolution of rainfall and plant isotopes through orographic barriers, and apply it to paleoaltimetric reconstructions.
Kyle Lowery (Undergraduate, Fall 2017 to Spring 2018) worked on the sedimentary provenance of clastic rocks in the Koaceli Basin, northern Turkey, via zircon geochronology.
Christopher Remilly (undergraduate, Winter 2018) worked on fossil shells and gastropods from Myanmar, studying their preservation and their paleoclimatic signal.
Kevin Jackson (undergraduate, Summer & Fall 2017) worked on the phytolith record of NE Tibet to reconstruct regional paleoclimates (in collaboration with Caroline Stromberg).
Lauren Burch (undergraduate, Spring & Summer 2017) worked on the drainage evolution of the Saricakaya Basin, Turkey, via zircon geochronology.
Diana Park (undergraduate, Spring 2017 to Summer 2018) worked on the uplift of the Indo-Burman Ranges in Myanmar, via zircon geochronology.
Dominic Jones (undergraduate, Spring 2017 to Summer 2018) worked on the climatic evolution of Myanmar using various stable isotope proxies on organic matter.
Mara Page (undergraduate, Spring 2017 to Summer 2018) worked on reconstructing the past summer temperatures of NE Tibet using clumped isotopes. Mara is now graduate student at the University of Michigan and just submitted a research paper as first author based on her work in the lab.
Johanna Harlé (visiting Master Student from France, Spring 2018 to Summer 2018) worked on pedogenic carbonate from Myanmar as a tool to reconstruct past monsoonal intensity.
Andrea Hatsukami (undergraduate, Spring 2017 to Summer 2018, co-mentored with Liz Nesbitt) worked on Fossil Mollusks from the Sinop-Boyabat Region of Turkey, to reconstruct past environments there.