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McLeod Research Group Guidelines access here 

McLeod Research Group Code of Conduct access here 

Undergraduate Teaching Associate Guidelines (for Petrology) access here

Graduate Teaching Associate Guidelines (for Petrology) access here

Former Graduate Students

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Dr. Liannie C. Velázquez-Santana

PhD Program start: Fall 2018. Graduation: Summer 2022.

Current position: Post Doctoral Research Fellow, University Colorado, Boulder.

Thesis Title: Insights into Trans Crustal Magmatic Systems: A Framework for Investigating Arc Magmatism at the Bolivian Andes

 

Publications

Velázquez Santana, L. C., McLeod C. L., Blakemore, D., Shaulis, B., Hill, T. (2020). Bolivian Hornblendite Cumulates: Insights into the Depths of Central Andean Arc Magmatic Systems. Lithos, 370-371; 105618.

 

Select Conference Contributions

Geological Society of America (GSA)

American Geophysical Union (AGU)

Select Grants and Awards 

NAGT Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

ExxonMobil/GSA Graduate Student Research Grant

NAGT Student Academic Career Prep Fund Award

GSA MGPV Division Student Travel Grant

GSA Student Professional Development Pathways Travel Award

Graduate Teaching Assistant Roles

GLG 111, The Dynamic Earth (Full semester instructor on record, Spring 22')

GLG 111, The Dynamic Earth (Grader)

GLG 201, Mineralogy

GLG 357, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology

GLG 411/511, Field Camp (5-week capstone course) 

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Jared Brum

MS Program start: Fall 2020. Graduation: May 2022.

Current position: Project Manager at Layne, A Granite Company, OH.

Thesis Title: New Insights into the Petrogenesis of Lunar Meteorite Allan Hills 81005 (ALHA 81005)

 

Conference Contributions

Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC)

Grants and Awards

NASA Space Grant College Fellowship (MS): Ohio Space Grant Consortium

Miami Graduate School Thesis Research Funding Award

Graduate Teaching Assistant Roles

GLG 141, Geology of U. S. National Parks (Grader)

GLG 204, Survival on an Evolving Planet

GLG 244, Oceanography (Grader)

 

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Daniel Blakemore (co-advised with Dr. Krekeler)

MS Program start: Fall 2018. Graduation: Summer 2020.

Current position: PhD candidate, University of Michigan 

Thesis Title: Insights into the History of Pyrite Mineralization at the Round Mountain Gold Mine, Nevada: A Detailed Microanalytical Study of the Type 2 Ore

 

Conference Contributions

Geological Society of America (GSA)

Awards

NAGT Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

Graduate Teaching Assistant Roles

GLG 111, The Dynamic Earth (Grader)

GLG 115L, Understanding the Earth (Instructor of Record)

GLG 141, Geology of U. S. National Parks (Grader)

GLG 357, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology

 

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Maureen (Mo) Haley 

MS Program start: Fall 2016. Graduation: Winter 2019.

Current position: Materials Test Technician, Advanced Technology Laboratories, Inc, Lockheed Martin Research and Development Center, OH, USA

Thesis Title: Mineralogical Perspectives: Using Mineral Chemistry to Unravel the Magmatic Architecture of Granitic Batholiths

 

Conference Contributions

Geological Society of America (GSA)

Grants and Awards

American Geophysical Union Virtual Poster Showcase, 2nd place

Graduate Teaching Assistant Roles

GLG 115L, Understanding the Earth (Instructor of Record)

GLG 121, Environmental Geology (Grader)

GLG 307, Water and Society (Grader)

GLG 357, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology

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Richard (RJ) Brydon

MS Program start: Fall 2016. Graduation: Winter 2019.

Current position: Geologist, Tetra Tech, Virginia, USA.

Thesis Title: Tracing Magmatic Processes in Plutonic Environments: Insights from Apatite and Rift-Related Granites.

 

Conference Contributions

Geological Society of America (GSA)

Grants and Awards

Evolving Earth Foundation​ Student Research Grant

Graduate Teaching Assistant Roles

GLG 111, Environmental Geology (Grader)

GLG 115L, Understanding the Earth (Instructor of Record)

Current Graduate Students

Aleksandra (Aleks) Gawronska (PhD candidate)

Current role: Postdoctoral Fellow, NASA Goddard

Program start: Fall 2018. Graduation: May 2023

Undergraduate institution: University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA

Thesis Title: An Investigation of the Chemical and Physical Characteristics of Apollo Lunar Basalts: Insights from 2D and 3D Perspectives.

 

Conference Contributions

Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC)

 

American Geophysical Union (AGU)

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Select grants and awards

NASA FINESST Graduate Research Award (2022-2023)

AGU Lawrence A. Taylor Research Award in Petrology and Geochemistry

GSA Graduate Student Research Grant

Lunar Planetary Institute Career Development Award

Graduate Teaching Assistant Roles

GLG 111, The Dynamic Earth (grader)

GLG 115L, Understanding the Earth (Instructor of Record)

GLG 357, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology

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Alex Schweitzer (former MS student)

Current role: Research Scientist, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Program start: Fall 2021. Graduation: Summer 2023

Undergraduate institution: Boise State University, Idaho, USA

Thesis Title: Investigating the Petrogenesis of Lunar Basaltic Breccias: Insights from Meteorite Dominion Range (DOM) 18543

 

Conference Contributions

Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC)

Graduate Teaching Assistant Roles

GLG 204, Survival on an Evolving Planet

GLG 357, Field trip teaching assistant to Missouri (April 20th-23rd, 2022)

GLG 411/511, Field Camp (5-week capstone course)

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Azadeh Sedaghat (PhD candidate)

Program start: Fall 2022. Anticipated graduation: May/Summer 2027

Undergraduate institution: Shiraz University, Iran

Thesis Title: Evaluating the nature of open magmatic systems in continental arc environments: a petrological and microgeochemical study of Andean backarc products

Conference Contributions

North-Central Geological Society of America Conference

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Current Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate Teaching Assistants: Fall 2022 and 2023

Zachary Ellia (2022, 2023)

Katie Caudill (2022)

Sam Kerr (2022)

Zachary (Katie, and Sam) assisted in the delivery of student-centered, active-learning assignments in a large introductory geoscience course in Fall 2022.

Course: GLG 111, The Dynamic Earth (90 students)

This course provides an introduction to physical geology, which is the study of the Earth and the processes that govern its behavior. Undergraduate TA positions provide opportunities for students to enrich their educational experiences while simultaneously supporting faculty and providing greater individualized support of enrolled students than might otherwise be possible. 

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Former Undergraduate Students

Mackenzie (Ruthy) Rutherford

Current role: Research Scientist, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Graduation: Spring 2022

Undergraduate Research Project: Teacher Perspectives of the Earth Sciences in the High School Curriculum throughout Ohio

Conference Contributions

Geological Society of America (GSA)

Grants and Awards

Miami University President's Distinguished Service Award

AIPG National Undergraduate Scholarship

GSA Expanding Representation in Geosciences Scholarship

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Jessica (Jesse) Patrick

Graduation: Spring 2021

MS student, Auburn University (Economic Geology), 2021-2023

Undergraduate Research Project: Mineralogy and Geochemistry of the Shoshone Granite at the Round Mountain Gold Mine, Nevada

Conference Contributions

Geological Society of America (GSA)

Grants and Awards

Miami University Undergraduate Summer Scholarship

Miami University College of Arts and Science Dean’s Scholar

Miami University Provost’s Student Academic Achievement Award

GSA J. David Lowell Field Camp Scholarship

AEG Norman R. Tilford Field Study Scholarship

Ohio EPA Scholarship

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Raghad Al Gbory

Graduation: Spring 2021

Current position: Wellsite Geologist, Columbine Corporation, Midland, TX, USA

Undergraduate Research Project: Evaluating the origin of amphibole crystal populations in Central Andean magmatic systems

Conference Contributions

Geological Society of America (GSA)

Grants and Awards

Miami University Undergraduate Research Award

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Jennifer (Jenn) Davis

Graduation: Spring 2020

Current position: PhD Candidate, University of Colorado, Boulder

Undergraduate Research Project: Investigating the Crystal Cargoes of Lunar Basaltic Magmas: Application of Crystal Size Distribution Analysis to Apollo 12 Basalts

Conference Contributions

Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC)

Grants and Awards

AIPG National Undergraduate Scholarship

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Andrew Bollinger

Graduation: Spring 2020

Current position: PhD Candidate, Michigan State University

Undergraduate Research Project: U-Pb zircon geochronology of the western Wyoming Crustal Basement

Conference Contributions

Geological Society of America (GSA)

Grants and Awards

Miami University Undergraduate Summer Scholarship  

North Central GSA Student Travel Grant 

2019-2020 President of Miami University Geological Society (MUGS)

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David Beka Binyam and Ciara Childers

Graduation: Fall 2018

Current positions: 

David - GIS Technician, Duke Energy

Ciara - Project Geologist, Jett Environmental Consulting

Collaborative Undergraduate Research Project: Petrology and Geochemistry of the Quillacas Volcanic Center, Andean Central Volcanic Zone

Conference Contributions

Geological Society of America (GSA)

Grants and Awards

Cincinnati Mineral Society Education Scholarships (jointly awarded)

GSA Onto The Future Program participant (David)

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