Geology Alumni Web Pages
Web Pages By and About Beloit Geology Alumni
Assembled by Tim Vick ‘69
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Tirzah Abbot '12 is hoping to begin a masters in geology; 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 was an intern with the US Geological Survey after graduation; while at Beloit she was an author of this paper on the effects of chemicals from gold mines on wildlife
Elizabeth Ceperley '12 is a graduate student in geology at the University at Buffalo in New York. While a Beloit student, Liz did a project on using clay mineralogy to analyze sediment sources in glaciers in Norway.
India John '12 helped keep things light on campus as an Environmental Geology and Journalism major.
Evan Mascitti '12 is pursuing an M.S. in Agronomy at Penn State with a focus on natural turf grass athletic playing surfaces.
Jorge Selva '12 is Communications and Development Assistant at World Bicycle Relief.
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 graduate student in geology and geophysics at Louisiana State University.
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, now a graduate student at the University at Buffalo in New York, has been studying techniques employing water temperature to map groundwater inputs into a stream.
Leah Arneson ’09 works at the Museum Of Science And Industry in Chicago.
Paul Ribich ’09 is a restoration ecologist.
Sheldon Turner ’08 is working on his PhD at Michigan State.
Emily Culver '07 did an internship with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History digging an archaeological site in Ohio.
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.
Chas Fricke ’07 worked at the Los Angeles County Outdoor Science School.
Jenna Hunter '07 researched using diatoms as environmental indicators in Puerto Rico while she was a Beloit student.
Michael Meyer '07 is working on a PhD in paleontology at Virginia Tech.
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.
Sarah Stephenson '07 is working on an MS in environmental policy at the University of Minnesota.
Eva Szilvagyi '07 wrote a thesis on the chronology of metamorphism in an ophiolite unit in the Alps.
Kate Hedrick’06 studies glacial geology at the University of Cincinnati.
Katherine Johanesen ’06 is working on a PhD in tectonics, petrology and structure at the University of Southern California.
Caroline Karlshoej '06 is an environmental compliance analyst with a consulting firm in Illinois.
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.
Jean Taggart ’06 is an environmental geologist in Boston.
Jennifer Abrahamson Coughlin ’05 monitors 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 earned her masters at Central Washington University and now is the the full time museum educator at the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art in Elmhurst, Illinois.
Jerod Randall ’05 researched the effects of best management practices on the hydrograph of an urban stream when he was an undergraduate.
Liz Chesser ’04 contributed to this paper on vertebrate fossils in the Santa Fe National Forest, presented at the Geological Society of America annual meeting.
Sarah Davidson '04 wrote her masters thesis on the hydrology of Jacob's Well Spring in Hayes, County, Texas.
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 in Kansas.
Constandina Ghikas ’03 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 weilds a mean epee.
Emily Jones ’03 earned a master of arts in teaching and now is Blended Learning Coordinator and a math teacher at Plainview School in Denver.
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.
Bethany Peyer ’01 is a 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 is a planetary seismologist at the Carnegie Institution of Washington; 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 business development analyst at The Brixton Group, Inc.
Samuel Gillet ’99 did his masters thesis on ground water recharge in an aquifer in Illinois, and he 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 about 2/3 of the way down the page).
Rachel Crabb ’98 works to improve water quality in local lakes and educate the public about water quality issues in Minneapolis.
Kyle Kolodziejski ’97 owns a fishing guide service called Keen Eye Anglers in Alaska. He also is the fishing program director and guide at Kenai River Guide Academy, and he guides for Alaska Wildland Adventures.
James Sneeringer ’97 did a seismic reflection project in Montana as a Beloit student.
Jonathan Crockett ’96 is Coordinator of the Athletics, Health and Wellness 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.
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.
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 (scroll down to see her entry). 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.
Nancy Hastings '91 is a mineralogy 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 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.
Lisa Flanagan '89 is an email marketing consultant near Chicago.
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.
Ron Cox '88 is an owner manager of an Ace Hardware in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Karl Hayden ’88 farms and makes cheese in Vermont. A few years ago he contributed to this paper on the rhyolites of the Snake River Plain which was published in the Bulletin Of Volcanology.
Ed Venzke ’88 is part of the Global Volcanism Program staff at the Smithsonian Institution.
Kim Anderson '87 is on the staff of Straw's Auto Center in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania.
John Huss ’87 teaches philosophy at the University of Akron.
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 FDA Center for Tobacco Products.
Eric Thoman '87 is a Geologist/GIS Analyst at RIDOLFI Inc.
Cathleen Beaudoin Jonas ’86 is a hydrologist at SDI Environmental Services in Florida.
Christine Jump ’86 reported on groundwater contamination sites in Kansas.
Peter Parham ’86 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.
Steve Ela ’85 manages his family’s organic farm and orchard in western Colorado.
William Gartner ’85 co-authored this paper on archaeological phosphorus analysis.
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.
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.
Stephen Creden ’84 is an operations manager at Downhole Drilling Services, an oil well drilling services company.
Blaine Garwood '84 is District Manager Western Slope/Business Development Manager at CGRS, Inc. in western Colorado.
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.
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 an executive search consultant and recruiter at IBM in Minnesota.
John Kaszuba ’82 teaches geology and geophysics at the University of Wyoming.
Ralph Harvey ’82 teaches planetary geology at Case Western Reserve University and he is Principal Invesigator of the Antarctic Search For Meteorites.
Tony Mariano '82 is a consulting exploration geologist.
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.
Kenneth Schneider ’82 is Senior Vice President for Rockhill Insurance Company in Kansas City.
Margaret Venable ’82 co-authored an article on Caribbean tectonics for GSA Special Paper 428 in 2007.
Paul Weissenborn ’82 is the lead pastor of River Oak Grace Community Church in Oakdale, CA.
John Ewert '81 is the Scientist-In-Charge of the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory.
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.
Karl Wirth ’81 teaches geology at Macalester College in Minnesota.
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.
Patricia Sutton ’80 is a business management consultant.
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.
Robert Patch ’79 has his own roofing and construction company.
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 emergency care physician in northern Illinois.
Kathleen Smith ’78 is a research geologist for the US Geological Survey in Denver.
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 plant management and process engineer at a manufacturing plant in Janesville.
Blair Bremberg ’77 is a research specialist at a mining university in Saudi Arabia.
James Holik '77 is Program Director at the National Science Foundation.
John Janzen '77 is an environmental geologist who enjoys life with his wife Marta, a professor of Teaching And Learning in Florida.
David Keehn ’77 is an attorney with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
Charles Lesher '77 is a professor of geology and Faculty Director of the UC-Davis Education Abroad Center.
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 investigated fuel-saving and pollution-reducing modifications to semi-trucks for the Environmental Protection Agency.
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 (scroll down to see his entry).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mary Dowse ’72 teaches geology at Western New Mexico University.
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.
Nancy Oda ’72 is an independent public relations and communications professional.
Geoff Rohde ’72 is a senior program analyst with the California Employment Development Department.
James Rose ’72 co-authored this paper on finding underground storage tanks (which often are environmentally troublesome) using fluxgate magnetic surveying.
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.