Alumni and Former Students
Graduate Students:


Jolene Traut

Jo is acting as scale for shear zones in a deformed granite in Mountain, WI.

Jo is acting as scale for shear zones in a deformed granite in Mountain, WI.

Jo graduated with her MS degree from UWM in 2011 after completing her undergraduate work at Winona State University. For her research, she studied deformation and rheology in the Baraboo (WI) quartzite by analyzing cleavage refraction, boudin shapes, and microstructures.
Jo has a pack full of rock samples in Nova Scotia.

Jo has a pack full of rock samples in Nova Scotia.



For more information, go to Jo's abstract from the 2010 GSA Annual Meeting in Denver, CO
and Jo's abstract from the 2011 Institute on Lake Superior Geology meeting in Ashland, WI.

Jolene was also featured as the department's Geoscience student of the Month in February 2011!

Amelia Nachbor

Amy is pointing along a small shear zones within the diamictite on Antelope Island (Utah).

Amy is pointing along a small shear zone within the diamictite on Antelope Island (Utah).

Amy graduated with her MS from UWM in 2011 after completing her undergraduate work at University of Wisconsin-River Falls. For her research, she studied deformation in the Antelope Island (Utah) diamictites. She did lots of XRF work to constrain the geochemistry and also looked at details of quartz grains at the UW Synchrotron Radiation Center. Amy is currently working as a lecturer at UW-River Falls.
Amy is loving the scenery on Antelope Island.

Amy is loving the scenery on Antelope Island.





For more information, go to Amy's abstract from the 2010 GSA Annual Meeting in Denver, CO.

Amy was also featured as the department's Geoscience student of the Month in May 2011!

Mike DeVasto

Mike taking a GPS reading at the Economy River in Nova Scotia.

Mike taking a GPS reading at the Economy River in Nova Scotia.

Mike earned his MS in 2011 at UWM after completing his undergraduate work at SUNY-Oneonta. For his research, he used GIS to study fabric evolution across granitic shear zones from Mountain, WI. He is now working as a lecturer in our department at UWM.
Mike is getting to know the mylonite.

Mike is getting to know the mylonite.





For more information, go to Mike's abstract from the 2010 GSA Annual Meeting in Denver, CO
and Mike's abstract from the 2011 GSA Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, MN
and Mike's abstract from the 2011 Institute on Lake Superior Geology meeting in Ashland, WI.

Mike was also featured as the department's Geoscience student of the Month in May 2010!

Kim Johnson

Kim in her MS field area, Antelope Island State Park in UTAH

Kim in her MS field area, Antelope Island State Park in UTAH.

Kim is a student in the MS program who joined us after completing her undergraduate work at SUNY-Geneseo. For her research, she is using FTIR to study water content in deformed conglomerates at a variety of strains from Antelope Island, Utah. Kim is currently working as a teacher in Albany, NY while she finishes her thesis.
Kim up close with conglomerates.

Kim gets a close look at the deformed conglomerates in Ontario.



For more information, go to Kim's abstract from the 2008 GSA Annual Meeting in Houston, TX.

Terra Anderson

Terra in Ontario.

Terra collecting deformed metaconglomerates in Ontario.

Terra is a student in the MS program who joined us after completing her undergraduate work at Michigan Tech. For her research, she is studying deformed conglomerates. In particular, she is using EBSD to study quartz fabrics within the conglomerates to see how they evolve with increasing strain. Terra is currently working for The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement in New Orleans while she finishes up her thesis.
Terra in Utah

Terra looking at deformed conglomerates on Antelope Island in Utah.



For more information, go to Terra's abstract from the 2008 Institute on Lake Superior Geology meeting in Marquette, MI
and Terra's abstract from the 2008 Microbeam Analysis Society EBSD Topical Conference in Madison, WI
and Terra's abstract from the 2008 GSA Annual Meeting in Houston, TX.

Becky Byars

Becky on a fieldtrip in northern Wisconsin.

Becky in Mountain, WI.

Becky finished her MS in May 2008. Her research involved using wavelets (mathematical functions) to characterize fabrics in cataclasite zones. Her project focused on small-scale deformation bands in New Mexico.
Becky looking at tuffs in New Mexico

Becky looking at tuffs in New Mexico


For more information, go to Becky's GSA abstract from Salt Lake City 2005.


Darlene Fissler
Darlene hiking in the Sierras

Darlene hiking in the Sierras

Darlene completed her MS in May 2006. For her thesis, she determined strain in the deformed Seine River conglomerates in Ontario. This is an ongoing project in collaboration with our colleagues at UW-Madison who are doing similar work in the Sierras. The long-range goal of this project is to determine how rheology relates to finite strain by using the various degrees of deformation in different clast types.
Darlene presenting her poster at GSA in Salt Lake City, UT.

Darlene presenting her poster at GSA in Salt Lake City, UT.


For more information, go to Darlene's NC GSA abstract from Minneapolis 2005
and Darlene's GSA abstract from Salt Lake City 2005.
Since graduating, Darlene has worked for a variety of environmental consulting firms in Wisconsin and Illinois.


Undergraduate Students:

Victoria Robison

Victoria using the total station in Mountain, WIVictoria using the total station in Mountain, WI

Victoria was a UROP student who majored in physics. For her geology resesearch, she studied boudinage structures from Baraboo, WI. Her preliminary research was the basis for Jolene's subsequent MS project.
Victoria enjoys the lovely scenery in Mountain, WIVictoria enjoys the lovely scenery in Mountain, WI

Pat Votava

Pat on a fieldtrip in Mountain, WI

Pat on a fieldtrip in Mountain, WI

Pat was a UROP student who majored in civil engineering. For her geologic research, she digitized small-scale shear zones and mineral fabrics from Mountain, WI into a GIS database. Since graduation, she continues to work for the Department of Public Works in Milwaukee.
Pat having a good time looking at rocks in Mountain, WI

Pat having a good time looking at rocks in Mountain, WI

Jody Rymaszewski

Jody taking notes for class in Baraboo, WI

Jody taking notes for class in Baraboo, WI

Jody finished her BA in Geosciences in 2007. She and her research partner Jason Friedrich studied small scale faults and joints associated with the Waukesha Fault in Southeastern Wisconsin.
Jody is happy to be looking at Mid Continent Rift basalts in MN for a class fieldtrip.

Jody is happy to be looking at Mid Continent Rift basalts in MN for a class fieldtrip.


For more information, go to Jody's abstract from the 2007 Institute on Lake Superior Geology Conference in Lutsen, MN.

Jody was also featured as the department's Geoscience alum of the Month in September 2011!

Melissa Meeuwsen
Melissa presenting her poster at GSA in Salt Lake City

Melissa (in pink) presenting her poster at GSA in Salt Lake City.

Melissa finished her BS in 2006. She worked on an independent project to study fabric formation. She used the same deformed conglomerates that Darlene studied to document fabric foliation at various degrees of strain. She was particularly interested in the role of competence contrasts in fabric formation. Melissa cutting rocks in the lab.

Melissa cutting rocks in the lab.


For more information, go to Melissa's GSA abstract from Salt Lake City 2005.
Melissa is now gainfully employed as a scientist at ARCADIS in Minneapolis.


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