Alumni and Former Graduate Students

Alumni and Former Graduate Students

Jolene Traut

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.

 

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

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

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 is getting to know the mylonite.

Mike is getting to know the mylonite.

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.

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 gets a close look at the deformed conglomerates in Ontario.

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

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.


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

Terra Anderson

Terra collecting deformed metaconglomerates in Ontario.

Terra collecting deformed metaconglomerates in Ontario.

Terra looking at deformed conglomerates on Antelope Island in Utah.

Terra looking at deformed conglomerates on Antelope Island in Utah.

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.

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 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 in Mountain, WI.

Becky in Mountain, WI.

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 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.