Geology Alumni Web Pages
Web Pages By And About Beloit Geology Alumni
Assembled by Tim Vick ‘69
Please send updates to me at timothydvick <at> gmail . com. Thanks!
Melissa Apland '13 is an environmental professional.
David Colin '13 was a Mineralogy Teaching Assistant and Departmental Representative for geology students at Beloit, as well as a counselor for boys at Farm and Wilderness Camp in Vermont.
Colleen Doyle '13 won a prize in the Fall 2012 Off-Campus Studies photo competition with this shot from the bowsprit of the Sea Semester ship Robert C. Seamans.
Rachel Skoza '13 is in the Mohave Desert working with the Student Conservation Corps.
Tirzah Abbot '12 is working on her masters and is the Paleontology Geodatabase Technician at Nebraska National Forest; while she was a geo student at Beloit, she researched diatoms as indicators of pollution in a river (scroll down several pages to where the paper begins).
Hanna Blatchford '12 is in grad school in Vermont; her research topic is "Understanding the mobility and speciation of legacy Pb in urban soils." Previously was an intern with the US Geological Survey; and while at Beloit she was an author of this paper on the effects of chemicals from gold mines on wildlife.
Greg Bongey '12 is an English language instructor at Henan University in China.
Elizabeth Ceperley '12 has completed her MS in geology at the University at Buffalo and now is an Associate Research Specialist at the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey in the Quaternary group. While a Beloit student, Liz did a project on using clay mineralogy to analyze sediment sources in glaciers in Svalbard.
India John '12 helped keep things light on campus as an Environmental Geology and Journalism major.
Jorge Selva '12 is Digital Marketing Manager and a Communications and Development Assistant at World Bicycle Relief.
Briana Berkowitz ’11 mapped and studied glacial moraines in Mongolia and presented her results in a Keck Consortium Symposium paper.
Amanda Manzanares '11 was lead author on a paper at the Geological Society of America on replacement mechanisms in altered arc volcanic rocks.
Corey Shircliff ’11 is a geologist at Marathon Oil Co. in Houston.
Hanna Thornberg '11 is a graduate student at East Carolina University in North Carolina, and she was lead author on a study of the animal and chemical changes due to aquaculture in Malaysia.
Ethan Mamer '10, a hydrogeologist at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, studied techniques employing water temperature to map groundwater inputs into a stream.
Leah Arneson ’09 is a Development Assistant at Allina Health in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.
Stefanie Gugolz '09 is a graduate student in geology at the University of Georia. While she was a Beloit student, she presented her research on the volcanics of the Blake River Group in Quebec at a Keck Consortium conference.
James Ludois '09 did strontium isotope analyses on tuffs from Arizona when he was a geology student at Beloit He is now a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin - Madison studying Rb-Sr isotopes of banded iron formations and Mars meteorites; and comparison of Fe cycling in the Phanerozoic and Archean.
Paul Ribich ’09 is a restoration ecologist.
Scott Reynhout ’08 won an award for his paper on glacial erosion at the Geological Society of America. His masters thesis at the University of Cincinnati was entitled "Slow denudation within an active orogen: Ladakh Range, northern India."
Katelin Plum Cummins ’07 is an office manager for the organization The Evangelical Catholic.
Julia Danz ’07 presented this paper on landscape analysis in Central America at the Geological Society of America.
Angela Ekstrand ’07 is an air quality scientist for Sonoma Technology Inc. in California.
Chas Fricke ’07 worked at the Los Angeles County Outdoor Science School.
Jenna Hunter '07 is a graduate student at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill in the school of Public Health, Environmental Science and Engineering. She researched using diatoms as environmental indicators in Puerto Rico while she was a Beloit student, and in 2010 she contributed to an article on valley floor deposition in western Colorado.
Adam Pearson ’07 is studying Fluvial geomorphology and anthropogenic affects on surficial processes at the University of Delaware; here's a paper on his analysis of the sediment that accumulates behind small dams. Here are Adam's additional research papers.
Sarah Stephenson '07 is a Research Recruitment Specialist at HealthPartners in Minnesota.
Eva Szilvagyi '07 wrote a thesis on the chronology of metamorphism in an ophiolite unit in the Alps.
Kathryn Hedrick '06 teaches and studies geomorphology at the University of Cincinnati.
Katy Johanesen ’06 teaches geology at the State University of New York at Fredonia.
Caroline Karlshoej '06 is an environmental compliance analyst with a consulting firm in Illinois.
Katharine Loughney '06 is a graduate student in paleontology at the University of Michigan. She wrote a management plan for fossil resources for the C&O Canal National Historic Park.
Benjamin Petrick ’06 researched Holocene sedimentation in Keuka Lake, New York, while he was a student at Beloit.
Hazel Reynolds ’06 is a geologist at Klondex Gold & Silver Mining Company in Nevada.
Jennifer Abrahamson Coughlin ’05 is a Senior Environmental Coordinator at MidAmerican Energy in Iowa. She monitored ground water quality at an in-situ uranium mine in Nebraska; this rather large .pdf report includes her description starting on page 7. While she was a Beloit student she participated in a seismic survey of a graben in Canyonlands National Park.
Rebecca Carvin ’05 works for the US Geological Survey monitoring water quality on the Pecatonica River Project (her blurb is on page 2 of this large .pdf file) . Here are the partners on the project, and an abstract summarizing their findings.
Sara Johnson ’05 is a veterinary assistant in the Chicago area. She earned her masters at Central Washington University and was a museum educator at the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art in Elmhurst, Illinois.
Jerod Randall ’05, an engineering geologist at the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, researched the effects of best management practices on the hydrograph of an urban stream when he was an undergraduate.
Liz Chesser ’04 has been the recording secretary of the Ladies Auxiliary of Congregation Ahavath Sholom in Texas. She contributed to this paper on vertebrate fossils in the Santa Fe National Forest, presented at the Geological Society of America annual meeting.
Meghan Daigle ’04 is an environmental geologist in Connecticut.
Joseph Haynes ’04 owns a firm which prepares and restores racing cars in Indianapolis.
Eric Purcell ’04 is a geologist at Conestoga-Rovers & Associates in Denver.
Michael Robbins '04 is a carbonate geochemist currently working as a camping specialist in an REI store near Chicago.
Constandina Ghikas ’03 is a geologist in Greece. She studied the structure and tectonics of an ophiolite mélange in Greece for her Masters thesis at Miami University of Ohio, which she presented at the European Geophysical Union in 2010. She also wields a mean epee.
Emily Jones ’03 earned a master of arts in teaching and now is e-Learning Content Manager at Open English.
Grant Shimer ’03 earned a PhD in sedimentology and stratigraphy at the University of Alaska in 2013, publishing an analysis of a petroleum-bearing formation in Alaska in 2011. In 2008 he won a global change student grant competition. Here's another web link to the grant.
Ally Snell ’03 is Director, Office of Diversity and National Outreach for the Peace Corps.
Bethany Weisberger ’03 teaches at the Brooklyn Community Arts and Media High School. She also has a business called Gneiss Spice that sells neat space-efficient spice kits for urbanites.
Margretta Meyer ’02 earned a masters in glacial geology at the University of Minnesota – Duluth in 2009; her thesis can be downloaded here.
Meredith Brislen ’01 is a geologist for CH2M Hill in New Mexico; while she was at Beloit she presented a study on structural geology in the Lake Tanganyika Rift Basin in Africa at the annual convention of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. She also wrote a research paper on the geology of the Circle Creek Basin in Idaho.
Nicole Smith Downey ’01 founded the geological consulting firm Earth System Scineces, LLC. She was a Beagle Endowment Fellow at Harvard after she finished her PhD at CalTech. Along the way she published a paper in the Journal of Geophysical Research on mercury in soils.
Bethany Peyer ’01 is an assistant vice-president and contract management attorney at JP Morgan Chase in Chicago.
Eric Reuter ’01 founded and runs Chert Hollow Farm in Missouri with his wife Joanna.
Aurelia Walton Sanders '01 founded Stepping Stone Montessori Preschool in Seattle.
Nick Schmerr ’01 (here's his LinkedIn page) is a planetary seismologist at the University of Maryland College Park; he was lead author on this article on the Upper Mantle Discontinuity Structure under the Pacific Ocean, and this one in the journal Science on The Gutenberg Discontinuity
Dana Dettmers Swift ’00, an environmental geologist in Idaho, wrote on remediation of ground water pollution using a three-component strategy. When she was a Beloit student, she studied The Stratigraphy And Paleoecology Of A Hardground in Kentucky.
Jessica Lazzuri ’00 researched fossil animal borings in the Ordovician Cincinnatian carbonate rocks on a Keck Consortium project while she was a geology student at Beloit.
Rachel Cahill ’99 did a Keck Consortium research project on ductile and brittle deformation in a fault zone in California.
Angela Dudek ’99 is a project manager at Hewlett-Packard.
Samuel Gillet ’99 co-authored a report on the effects of urbanization on ground water recharge in Illinois.
Matthew Santner ’99 taught outdoor education at the Battle Creek Outdoor Education Center in Michigan (his bio is near the bottom of the page).
James Metcalf ’98 is a Research Associate at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Dawn Morgan ’98 wrote a huge manual for Maine municipalities on conserving vernal pool resources.
James Sneeringer ’97 did a seismic reflection project in Montana as a Beloit student.
Jonathan Crockett ’96 is Coordinator of Student Life at Middlesex Community College in Massachusetts.
Erin Endsley ’96 and Shannon Hayes ’96 studied Potassium Alteration of Tonalites at a site in Canada while they were Beloit students.
Shannon Hayes ’96 published an article on Fluvial Sediment Transport and Deposition on Mt. Pinatubo in the journal GEOMORPHOLOGY. Here is a list of other papers she has written.
Caroline Tuit ’96 is a senior environmental chemist with Gradient Corporation.
Brent Elliott '95 is a research scientist with the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas at Austin.
Mary Greene ’94 gave a talk at Los Alamos National Laboratory on Multispectral Thermal Imagery and its Application to Geologic Mapping in Kenya. In 2008 she co-authored a detailed study of the seismic risks of a construction site at Los Alamos.
William Peck ’94 teaches geology at Colgate University. William co-authored this story in the prestigious journal NATURE about the evidence for the existence of continental crust and ocean basins 4.4 billion years ago. Here is a list of his publications.
Daniel Costello ’93 is the News Director of radio station KVNF in Colorado; here’s one of his broadcasts with discussion ranging from a tour of a new microbrewery to solving the water problems of the Third World. While he was a Beloit geology student he conquered the portage from Hell.
Caitlin Gorman ’93 is an environmental geologist and regional manager for Engineering/Remediation Resources Group in California. Here is a teaser for one of her landfill remediation projects.
Jennifer Stewart Grimes '93 analyzed the granitic rocks of the Pike's Peak Batholith in Colorado while she was a Beloit student.
Kathryn Desmarais Kogut ’93 did a research project on red calcareous algae in the Bahama Islands when she was a Beloit student.
Tori Berg ’92 freelances for museums and has been substitute teaching in Michigan.
Wayne Wright ’92 is a Principal Geologist at Statoil in Norway, and he published on deposition in the Permian Basin in Texas and New Mexico.
Eric Beck ’91 teaches science and technology in the REALMS alternative middle school in Oregon. In addition, he puts his knowledge to work by being on the board of directors of the Upper Deschutes River Watershed Council.
Nancy Hastings '91 is a geology technician in VWR's Science Education Division in Rochester, N.Y.
Andrew West '91 studied the geology of Mafic Enclaves Within the Wallowa Batholith in Washington.
Frank Kaszuba ’90 is head brewer for Fitger’s Brewhouse in Duluth (check the third paragraph of the story).
Shannon Parsons-DePry '90 earned earned an award for her work as a site supervisor for Bechtel Nevada's Low Level Waste Operations (scroll down to the second page for the picture).
Mary Riley ’90 is an attorney and Client Documentation Analyst at JPMorgan Chase in Chicago.
Laura Reiser Wetzel ’90 wrote this lesson plan on the geology of building stone, based on this article in the Journal of Geoscience Education. She was awarded Eckerd College’s Distinguised Teacher Award in 2007.
Eileen Heady ’89 teaches middle school science at the McDonogh School in Maryland.
Gerald Johnson '89 studied the displacement along the Burntside Lake Fault Zone near Basswood Lake, MN, when he was at Beloit.
David Nemetz ’89, an environmental geologist at Shannon & Wilson, Inc. in Sun Prairie, WI, was lead author of (1995) "Water Quality along Selected Flow Paths in the Prairie du Chien-Jordan Aquifer, Southeastern Minnesota". USGS Water Resources Investigations Report WRI 95-4115.
Charles Tremper '89 is a Collaborations Project Manager at Monsanto in Missouri.
Ron Cox '88 is an owner manager of an Ace Hardware in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Karl Hayden ’88 farms and makes cheese in Vermont.
Kim Anderson '87 is on the staff of Straw's Auto Center in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania.
Brad Hall ’87 is Vice President and Senior Project Geologist and San Francisco Regional Manager with Engineering/Remediation Resources Group in California.
John Huss ’87 teaches philosophy at the University of Akron; he recently was named Outstanding Researcher and awarded a Fulbright fellowship.
Joan Nelson '87 is a physician assistant in Portland, Oregon.
Andrew Ross ’87 wrote this report on decommissioning water wells on the Lummi Indian Reservation.
Deborah Sholtes ’87 is a Program Analyst at the FDA Center for Tobacco Products.
Cathleen Beaudoin Jonas ’86 is a hydrologist at SDI Environmental Services in Florida.
Christine Jump ’86 is an environmental geologist for the US Environmental Protection Agency. She reported on groundwater contamination sites in Kansas and she led a workshop on Environmental Use Controls.
Peter Parham ’86 is a Coastal Geologist/Senior Lecturer at Institute of Oceanography, University Malaysia Terengganu. He gave a Geological Society Of America talk on the effects of oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on beaches of the Gulf Coast, and he has written on deposition and sea level fluctuations along the North Carolina coast.
Michelle Allard ’85 is a Senior Geologist at WRScompass.
Monika Sylvander Byrd ’85 is Dean of Leadership Development and Service Learning at the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
William Gartner ’85, a Lecturer in Geography at the UW-Madison (his entry is at the bottom of the page), co-authored this paper on archaeological phosphorus analysis. Here is a more extensive list of his research.
Jay Hall ‘85 is a senior foreman for Country West Properties, but he’s searching for a new job.
Alan Hoffmeister ’85 published an article in the academic journal Acta Palaeontologica Polonica on predatory drilling of Permian brachiopods and bivalves in West Texas. His other papers have been cited frequently as well.
Laurel Kaczor '85 co-authored a paper in the Journal of Geophysical Research on dust in the stratosphere while she was in grad school at the University of North Carolina.
Garren Mayer ’85 is President and owner at Sound Financial Group.
David Mosby '85 is a biologist with the U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service.
Melanie Kimsey Redding '85 published a groundwater survey of the Wenatchee River in Washington State.
Kathleen Sullivan '85 is a realtor in Boston.
Glenn Thackray ’85 chairs the Department of Geolosciences at Idaho State University.
Dan Askren '84 gave this talk in his role as the Air Monitoring Operations Manager for the Environmental Protection Agency. He also co-authored some papers on the geology of the Superior Province of the Canadian Shield with The Chief Hank Woodard.
Greg Boitnott ’84 is Vice-President and director of New England Research Inc. and gave a talk on fluid mechanics in a Gulf of Mexico sandstone. He also published a paper on stresses in reservoir rocks.
Stephen Creden ’84 is a Drilling Operations Consultant at Mwell, LLC .
John Hanor '84 is a Business Systems Analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.
Kui-Bin Im ’84 is a librarian at the University of Michigan – Flint.
David Klug ’84, a Hydrologic Technician for the US Forest Service, contributed this action photo of stream flow to a USGS Scientific Investigations Report on debris flow in Oregon.
Greg Wiles ’84, teaches geology at the College of Wooster in Ohio.
Karla Parsons Hubbard '83 is a geology professor at Oberlin College.
Sarah Beutner Mavrogenes ’83 published this paper on the mineralogy of slags from a copper refinery in the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society after she graduated from Beloit.
Amy Ollendorf ‘83 is the Cultural Program Manager at AECOM Environment in Minneapolis. She used to run ALO Environmental Associates, and in the 1980s she published her research on the archaeological implications of phytoliths found at a site in Israel.
Matthew Reed '83 is a project manager & hydrogeologist at Ranney Collector Wells, Layne Christensen Company in Ohio.
William Sanford '83 teaches geosciences and hydrogeology at Colorado State.
Michelle Tripp '83 is a cyber-security talent partner at IBM in Minnesota.
Jeffrey Fruman '82 founded a balloon artistry and party decorating business in New York.
Ralph Harvey ’82 teaches planetary geology at Case Western Reserve University and he is Principal Invesigator of the Antarctic Search For Meteorites.
John Kaszuba ’82 teaches geology and geophysics at the University of Wyoming.
John Mavrogenes ‘82 is a research geologist at the Australian National University; he published an article on the Morila Gold Mine in Mali and another on Heavy Metal Fractionation in High Temperature Fumaroles.
Robert Symonds '82 was a volcanologist at the Cascades Volcano Observatory; his research papers have been cited over 500 times.
Margaret Venable ’82 co-authored an article on Caribbean tectonics for GSA Special Paper 428 in 2007.
Tom Hahne '81 is Program Manager at Tetra Tech EM Inc., an environmental consulting firm.
William Roman ’81 is Chief Geologist at Gannett Fleming.
Suzanne “Suki” Smaglik ’81 teaches chemistry and geology at Central Wyoming College.
John Thomson '81 is Vice President of Operations at Douglas Stewart Company in Madison, Wisconsin.
Karl Wirth ’81 teaches geology at Macalester College in Minnesota. He has thought a lot about how to encourage students to be intentional learners.
Sterling Cook '80 is Chief Geologist for ASARCO LLC in Arizona.
Dion Heinz ’80 teaches mineral physics and materials science at the University of Chicago.
Jeff Marso '80 is Associate Program Director for the Volcano Disaster Assistance Program at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Vancouver, Washington. In 1991 Dr. Marso helped assemble and operate one of the first volcano data collection networks of personal computers. On another occasion he witnessed and photgraphed a lahar.
Mark Rich '80 studied paleontology and music as a Beloit student, and now he is a free-lance author.
Patricia Sutton ’80 is a business management consultant.
Jon Williams '80 is an electrical engineer at Datalogic Scanning.
Anita Witmer '80 co-authored a book on the Turtle Creek Watershed with Dick Stenstrom in 1981.
1970s and earlier
Christian Gross ’79 worked on his PhD at the University of Geottingen in Germany.
Jonathan Koplos '79 is an environmental consultant with The Cadmus Group in Boston.
Kristine Bradof '78 is Community Programs Director for the Center for Science and Environmental Outreach in Houghton, Michigan.
Robert Lee ’78 is a vice president of GSI Environmental Inc. in Houston.
Craig Michelsen ’78 is an urgent care physician in northern Illinois.
Sarah Thomas '78 is a vice-president and senior product manager at J.P. Morgan in Chicago.
Indira Glenn Balkissoon ’77 is Vice President at TechLaw, Inc., an environmental consulting firm.
Rex Becker ’77 is a Coating Manager at Mid-Mountain Materials, Inc. in Arlington, Washington.
Blair Bremberg ’77 is a research specialist at a mining university in Saudi Arabia.
Bill Casadevall '77 contributed to an engineering paper on the importance of hydrologic characterizations in highway construction projects.
James Holik '77 is Program Director at the National Science Foundation.
David Keehn ’77 is an attorney with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
Charles Lesher '77 is a professor of geochemistry and experimental igneous petrology at UC-Davis in California.
Seth Perlman ’77 litigates cases relating to fundraising law for charities in New York.
Peter Strugatz ’77 is a socially-aware investor and founder of small companies such as Ice Stone; here’s a video taken when representatives of the White House visited Ice Stone. Ice Stone has a Wikipedia page. If you want to see samples of Peter’s products, watch Peter's video and then check out the bathroom vanity tops in the new Beloit College Science Center!
Joseph Bachman ’76 is an environmental scientist at the Environmental Protection Agency who investigated fuel-saving and pollution-reducing modifications to semi-trucks.
Marilyn Blair ’76 is an information technology specialist for the USGS in Glacier National Park; she has worked on a series of repeat photographs showing climate change within the park: news release; here’s the web page for the project.
Edward Duke ’76 teaches petrology, geochemistry and remote sensing at the South Dakota School of Mines.
Sandy Rushworth ’76 is a senior geologist at Marathon Oil Co.
Michael Fischer ’75 is Senior Vice President of Intercon Tech, a software integration firm in San Antonio, Texas.
Douglas Harned ’75 is a hydrologist for the US Geological Survey in North Carolina; he produced this video about the rehabilitation of streams. Other papers he wrote include a water quality assessment study design and a report on water quality in the Piedmont Province of North Carolina.
Randy Hicks ’75 heads an environmental and natural resources consulting firm in New Mexico.
Brooks McKinney ’75 teaches geosciences at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Martha Mixon ’75 is a biology technician at Bowdoin College in Maine and a consulting geologist.
Robert Nowack ’75 teaches geophysics at Purdue University.
Margaret Townsend ’75 is a research associate in geohydrology at the Kansas Geological Survey; she wrote a paper on identifying sources of nitrogen contamination in ground water.
Nancy Banta '74 has retired from her post as Birdwatcher In Residence at a nature preserve in Kansas and a long career as a geologist in Texas.
Karen Gold '74 teaches reading and math to adults at various levels of literacy in Atlanta.
Stephanie Lent '74 is the retired administrative director of the University of Wisconsin at Madison's Center For Women's Health Research.
Roger Papler '74 is an engineering geologist for the California Regional Water Quality Control Board and he is the state agency contact person for this Superfund clean-up site in Cupertino, California.
Steven Welch '74 is a Senior Project Manager for Meredith Management Group, which provides management services in response to large-scale accidents and emergencies on land and at sea.
John Aleinikoff '72 is a Senior Research Geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey.
Greg Fernette '72 leads a team developing a new database of mineral deposits in the United States for the U.S. Geological Survey.
Richard Lundin '72 is president of Rich Ore Mining, Inc., a minerals prospecting and development company in California. His company has a fun story about a ghost gold mine in Arizona on its web site, in addition to a nice profile of Rich.
Nancy Oda ’72 is an independent public relations and communications professional.
Geoff Rohde ’72 is a Data Analyst / Business Analyst in California.
James Rose ’72 co-authored this paper on finding underground storage tanks (which often are environmentally troublesome) using fluxgate magnetic surveying.
Norma Rudesill '72 is a district representative of the Wisconsin Guernsey Breeders' Association.
Jami Fernette ’71 is a retired mining geologist.
Dennis Nielson ’70 was the lead author on a study of the Mineral Mountains Intrusive Complex in Utah.
Dianne Gerber Nielson ’70 was Utah’s top energy advisor when she retired.
David Love ’69 is a senior environmental geologist for the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Natural Resources.
Timothy Vick ’69 was an English major at Beloit, but he recently retired from his 36-year stint as Technical Director In Geology at Carleton College. Hooray for the liberal arts!
Bob Wintsch ’69 is a geology professor at the University of Indiana.
Ian Semple '62 is a retired geologist turned painter whose art depicts "the working wilderness," geology, nature and mining in landscapes and abstract paintings. His work was featured in an article in Mineral Exploration Magazine. He also wrote a memoir called Tales From The Underbrush and here is a sample chapter about The Chief (Hank Woodard).