To all my former students: please update me about where you are, your URL links, errors in the list below, etc.

Undergraduate Senior Thesis Research Students

  1. McCready, Donna J., 1984, Thesis: Low temperature geochemistry of estuarine sediments. p. 93. Honors, environmental policy analyst, Washington, DC, graduated from law school, worked as a lawyer in Alaska, now an attorney in Seattle, WA.

  2. Brooks, John T., 1985, Thesis: Distribution and chemistry of heavy metals in sediments from the Connecticut River estuary. p. 104. Honors  MD, Harvard Medical School, MA.

  3. Limburg, Ellen M., 1986, Thesis: Young pyroclastics on Nisyros, Greece: Physical studies. p. 119 Honors  MS volcanology, New Mexico Tech.,Socorro, NM, self employed artist and massage healing therapist in New Mexico.

  4. Wyman, Sandy L., 1986, Thesis: The petrology of pumices from Nisyros Island, Greece. p. 120, Env. Consultant, Washington State.

  5. Gee, Alyson K., 1986, Thesis: Heavy metals in the Connecticut River estuary: analysis and questions of approach. p. 181 Honors,  PhD in environmental geochemistry, UC Santa Cruz,  CA, (2003) now a research scientist at the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve.

  6. Hardigg, Nick, 1990, Thesis: Connecticut precipitation chemistry; 1989-1990, p.93. Honors, MBA, Yale Univ,, Manager Grand Canyon National Park, AZ, The Nature Conservancy, Executive Director of Alaska Conservation Fundation, Denali National Park, Alaska, currently director of Portland Parks, Portland, OR. ............................................. ..................................................

    Nick somewhere out west

  7. Gansecki, Cheryl A., 1991, Thesis: Petrology of the domes and inclusions of Nisyros Volcano, Greece. p. 97 High Honors (with Jim Gutmann as lead thesis advisor) PhD, volcanology, Stanford University, CA, Research scientist and volcano moviemaker, Univ. Hawaii, Hilo

  8. Scholand, Stephen J., 1992, Thesis: Salt marsh geochemical records and paleoenvironmental change. p. 160 High Honors MD, George Washington University, DC, MD in Connecticut (St. Mary's Hospital, Waterbury) specialist in rabies incidence and prevention.

  9. Pasternack, Gregory B., 1993, Thesis: Acid brine crater lake systematics: a case study. p. 159, High Honors, University Honors, MS UC Berkeley, PhD, Johns Hopkins, Hydrology, Full Professor Land Air Water Sciences, UC Davis, CA. ....... Greg at work in marshes and rivers

  10. Nydick, Koren R., 1993, Thesis: Guilford salt marsh evolution and relative sea level rise. p. 141, High Honors, (with Ellen Thomas as co-advisor), PhD Colorado State University, Post doc, Utah State University, freshwater ecology, Director of Research, Mountain Studies Institute, Colorado. Now lead scientist in Yosemite National Park.................................................................... Koren in the field

  11. Bidwell, Alison B., 1994, Thesis: The evolution of the Dennis creek salt marsh under the influence of rising relative sea level. p. 143, High Honors, University Honors, (with Ellen Thomas as co-advisor), PhD Envir. Studies, Stanford University, CA, 2005, now married Alison Bidwell Pearce, living in DC, teaching environmental science part time at the local Audubon Sanctuary.......................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................. Alison with daughter Theresa (and flippo the dolphin)

  12. Jacob, Jany, 1995, Thesis: Barn Island salt marsh evolution and relative sea level rise. p. 172, (with Ellen Thomas as co-advisor), self employed.

  13. Crockett, John S., 1996, Thesis: Mercury in Connecticut marshes. p.86. Honors PhD geochemistry, 2006, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, Development officer, UCSD, San Diego CA.

  14. Setser, Rita 1997, Thesis: Petrology of ignimbrites near Liberia, Costa Rica. p. 96, MS, Geography, Univ. of Texas, Austin, TX, now????.

  15. Herman, Scott W., 1998, Thesis: The Hydrogeochemistry of Copahue Volcano, Argentina.  p.94, High Honors, Technician ODP, MS Structural Geology Univ. California, Santa Barbara, CA, Rio Tinto, ore geologist. Now a geothermal geologists at consulting firm in Oakland, CA........................................................................................................................................................ Scott (left) at Copahue

  16. Hruby, Claire E., 1998, Thesis: Magma Genesis at Nisyros and Santorini Volcanoes, Aegean Arc, Greece. p.106  (with Jelle de Boer as co-advisor) Honors; MA geophysics, Univ. of Iowa, University of Iowa, biogeochemistry PhD candidate

  17. Meigs, Katie W., 1999, Thesis: A comparative case study of the historical record of trace metal contamination in Connecticut salt marshes. p.143, Honors, Env. Consultant Woods Hole, MA??.

  18. Goss, Adam R., 2001,  Thesis: Magmatic Evolution of Volcan Copahue, Neuquen, Argentina. p.209, High Honors, University Honors, PhD, Volcanology/Petrology, Cornell University, Ithaca NY, got married in Puerto Rico to his lovely wife, postdoctoral position at the University of Florida (Isotope geochemistry). Exxon research geologist since 2010.....Adam high up in the Andes

  19. Lauriat, Kate A., 2001, Thesis: Mercury contamination in the Housatonic river Basin: the Danbury hatting heritage. p. 153, Honors, Env. Consultant, 2006, Boston University, MS studies in dietary science,

  20. Goldoff, Beth, 2002, Thesis: The Danbury hatting industry: a source of Mercury for the Still River Basin and Long Island Sound, Honors, Research associate at the American Museum of Natural History, NYC, NY. ......................................................................................................................................................................................... Beth with the "old" Hg analyzer at work

  21. Flynn, Kathryn, 2003,  Thesis: The effect of the 2000 eruption on the composition of the Volcan Copahue hydrothermal system p. 77. Honors. USGS, Menlo Park, CA, MS in geochemistry from UC California at Davis., now in environmental consulting in Berkeley, CA. ..............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

    Kathryn Flynn at the Blue Lagoon in Iceland for graduate work.

  22. Merrill, Matt, 2003, Thesis: Petrogenesis of the Caviahue caldera: Neuquen, Argentina. p. 165. Honors , MA in Planetary Geology, Wesleyan University, Research Geologist at the USGS, Reston VA....................................................................................................................................................Matt and Maarten during the ascent of Volcan Copahue

  23. DeMoor, Maarten, 2003, Thesis: The magmatic evolution of Caviahue caldera volcanic rocks: Implications for subduction processes and caldera formation. p. 205. High Honors , MA volcanology, Univ. New Mexico, 2006, Rio Tinto, Ore geologist, PhD candidate at Univ of New Mexico working on active volcanoes with Toby Fisher. .............................................................................................................................................................. .Maarten prospecting for gold in Quebec

  24. Bronsther, Rachel 2004, Thesis: Mercury contamination in western Connecticut: how much is dangerous? Honors in General Studies. Medical School in DC ??

  25. Colvin, Anna, 2004,  Thesis: The Riscos Bayos ignimbrites, Caviahue, Argentina. Honors. USGS, Reston, VA, MS in volcanology/remote sensing (Santa Ana crater lake in El Salvador), Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI, 2008. Working for a geothermal consulting company in Berkeley with work in Chile!! ................................................................................................................................. Anna at the crater lake at Copahue (with 60 miles/hour wind from Chile)

  26. Groner, Maya, 2004, Thesis: The carbon cycle in Long Island Sound: radiocarbon studies of carbonates. PhD student in ecology, University of Pittsburgh, PA

  27. Andersen, Nathan, 2005, Thesis: The eutrophication history of Long Island Sound. High Honors. environmental laboratory in Seattle, WA, now a PhD candidate in geochemistry at Univ. Wisconsin in Madison, WI

  28. Rea, James, 2009, Thesis: The geochemistry and petrology of Callaqui volcano, S-Andes, Chile. High Honors. Intern at the USGS, Portland OR, Cascades Volcanology Observatory. Now a graduate student in Volcanology at the University of Oregon in Euegene, OR
  29. Veeneman, Conor, 2009, Thesis: A 35000 year sedimentary history of the Great Salt Pond, Block Island, RI. Peace Corps worker, Africa.
  30. Kravet, Emma, 2009, Thesis: Salt Marsh development on Block Island, RI , Honors, (I was a minor co-advisor, Ellen Thomas was the main research advisor). After teaching a year in California, now graduate student in Urban Planning at MIT.
				


31. Navpreet Sidhu 2011, (Latin American Studies Program) thesis: Mercury Contamination in the ValparaÌso Region of Chile: An Environmental Health Hazard and an Intercultural Healthcare Response. Now an intern at CDC-Atlanta, GE

32. Audrey Haynes, 2012, thesis: Mercury in Costa Rica soils, air, water, plants, fish and human hair (ongoing)

33. Rebecca Snelling, 2012, thesis: Chemical variation in the Talcott flood basalts, CAMP (ongoing)

34. Jared Lefkowitz, 2012, thesis: The Newberry crater lakes: variations in Mercury and Arsenic input over time (ongoing)

Graduate MA Thesis Research Students

				

1. Lodise, Lisa, 1987, Thesis: Petrology of Nisyros volcano, Greece, p. 367, Geological Survey of Michigan, MI
				
2. Manoukian, Naira, 1995, Thesis: How coastal marshes grow: accretion rate analyses and numerical simulations. p. 186 (with Ellen Thomas as co-advisor),  Envir. Consultant, European Bank, UK, MBA Sorbonne, Paris, consultant in the UK.
				
3. Kreulen, Bart, 1999, Thesis: Mercury pollution in and around Long Island Sound. p.176. research scientist in the chemical industry, The Netherlands.
				
4. Thompson, Bill G., 1999, Thesis: Sea level, climate, and land level: paleo environmental records from the Farm River marsh, Branford, CT. p. 276. (with Ellen Thomas as co-advisor), PhD paleoceanography/geochemistry, Columbia University, NY, staff scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole MA.
				
5. Ouimette, Andrew P. , 2000, Thesis: Hydrothermal processes at an active volcano, Copahue, Argentina. p. 220. research scientist, Volcano hazards program, USGS, Menlo Park, CA., now a research scientist and PhD candidate at Univ. of New Hampshire, Durham NH.
				
6. Zierzow, Tabitha , 2002, Thesis: Metal contamination in sediments from the Housatonic River watershed, CT. p. 262, Environmental scientist, MA.

Tabitha after graduation

				
7. Lugolobi, Festo, 2003, Thesis: Water quality trends in Long Island Sound over the last 400 years: isotope studies on carbonates (with Ellen Thomas as co-advisor) p. 273, PhD Environmental Geochemistry, Boston University, Boston MA, 2008, visiting professor Trinity College, Hartford CT, 2009, now professor at Northeastern University, Boston MA.
				
8. Gately, Conor 2004, Thesis: Volcanic fluids at Peteroa volcano, Argentina/Chile, p.198, traveled through SE Asia, PhD student at MIT in Urban Planning
				
				
9. Hesse, Astrid 2007, Thesis:  Petrology of backarc volcanics, Patagonia, Argentina - Evidence for subducted sediment. Environmental consultant, New Jersey..........Astrid and Marie Brophy in the "bedbus" in Argentina.

10.  Boon, Nathan, 2008, Thesis: Nutrient cycling in Long Island Sound. Head of an NGO (drinking water quality) in Cameroon. Working for the Dept of State/NOAA on waterquality issues.

11. Kading, Tristan (2010) Thesis:  Pollutant Attenuation by Schwertmannite at Copahue Volcano, Argentina. Tristan is now a PhD candidate at the MIT-WHOI jopint program in Marine Geochemistry. Good going Tristan!

12. Wohlford, Tom (2010), Thesis: Oligocene to Holocene arc volcanism in the northeastern aegean arc, Greece. Environmental expert in Lima, Peru.

13. Neupane, Asia (2010) Thesis: Mercury pollution on the island of Tobago. Research associate at Yale School of Medicine (yes, working on health aspects of Hg exposure in children!) and grant writer at CFE, New Haven.

14. Zareski, Jim (2007-ongoing) Thesis: Patagonian back arc volcanism, Argentina.

15. Austin Reed (2010-ongoing) Thesis: Magma mixing in Nisyros, Greece

				
				
				
				

Other research students (since 1991):

Marsh Studies:

1991-1992 Heather Schwartz (from Amherst College), Erica Gasper,

1992-1993  Colleen Sanders, John Pasch, Joy Roth (PhD in Oceanography, Rice University)

1993-1994 Leslie Katz, Mark Sughrue, Sarah Cassell (MD in Boston), Sarah Yuhas (Environmental consultant),  Shelby Walker

1995-1996  Heather Saffert (PhD Oceanography/public policy from URI, 2007); She did a senior undergraduate thesis (Biology) on marsh beasties with Ellen Thomas

1997-1998 Alex Handler, Stephany Kuhn (from Wittier College), Polina Rabinowich (investment banker), worked extensively with Ellen Thomas on marsh beasties

Crater Lake and Volcanology Studies:

1993-1994 Joseph Stein, Courtneay Dowrick (MA in volcanology from Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ)

1996-1997 Gari Mayberri (MA from Michigan Technological University, Smithsonian Institution DC, Global Volcanology Program, now at USGS, volcano hazards)

1997-1998 Kiran Haithcock (living in SF), Joshua Koch, Eric Haskins (MS in volcanology/petrology, University of Hawaii, Honolulu), Noah Garrison (staff attorney, National Resources Defense, CA)

2000-2001  Gabe Landes (MA student at University of Pittsburgh, PA in Environmental Studies)

2002-2003   Rebecca Milburn (dancing career, now a social worker in NYC, NY)

2003-2004  Evan Browne, Amy Gomberg (now an environmental advocate at Ohio Environment NGO), Jessica Pfund (GIS specialist at Google, San Francisco, CA).

Amy Gomberg who worked on the most saline hotsprings in the world in Chile (with Conor Gately) Jessica Pfund

2004 Sarah Weigle (lives in SF)

2005 Chris Carmageon

2006 Marie Brophy (now in Israel), Emily Doyle (transferred to a new college), Marc McKay (now an attorney in CT)

Marie Brophy in Argentina lifting rocks

Mercury / heavy metal pollution studies:

1993-1994 Oliver Stockhammer (where is he?)

1997-1998 Julia Lynton (PhD Oceanography, University of Washington, Seattle WA), Jaime Naugele (PhD studies in chemistry)

1999-2000 Brynn Bemis (worked with a environmental lab in Seattle, WA, analyzing Hg!!), Eli Fierer (something ecological somewhere?)

2001-2002 Dan Clark (environmental consultant, SF, CA)

2002-2003 Patrick Welsh (environmental consultant), Billo Jallow (Law school?)

Dan Clark, Beth Goldoff, Joel and Joop coring near the Still River, Danbury, CT

2006 Rachel Bleshman (now a legislative clerk for the Energy and Environment team on the House Energy and Commerce Committee in US Congress, Washington, DC). Now in Law School, Tulane University New Orleans, LS.

Rachel at Machu Pichu, Peru (2007)

2006-2007 Asia Neupane (now a BA/Ma research stduent at Wesleyan University.

Asia working on Hg in plants

Long Island Sound studies:

1999-2000 Janna Shackerof (completed her PhD at Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, NC), Ryan Huggins, Irina Abramson (intern at the USGS, Coastal Studies, Woods Hole, MA)

2001-2002 Jill Johnson, Amanda Long (where are they now??)

2002-2003 Intan Nurhati (PhD student at University of Georgia, Atlanta, paleocoeanography), Joe Welsh (from Univ of Connecticut).

2004 Elisabeth Cuckor

2005 Craig Thomas (Teach America, Boston)

2007 Sarah Gillig (beavers and atmospheric methane, climate change), now at Tufts program for scientific illustration

2008 Alexandrea Bowman (Queens College, Flushing, NY) Hg studies of LIS sediment

Block Island Studies

2008 Sarah Gillig (forams), Conor Veeneman (sea level rise), Emma Kravet (salt marsh forams), Jessica Scheick (Bryn Mawr, College, PA, organic matter C-N isotopes), Rachel Neurath (Smith College, Hg on Block Island), David Jakim (New Pfaltz SUNY, varve studies), Alana Bartolai (Macalester College, stable isotopes in forams),

				
				
				
				

 

2010, Audrey Haynes, Alexa Malouta, Sandy Yudhistira - Sea level rise and mercury studies in the marshes of Jarvis Creek, Branford, CT