Department of Geology
ASU Box 32067
572 Rivers Street
Boone, NC 28608
Phone: 828-262-8471
email: carmichaelsk@appstate.edu


Current Students



Mara Cloutier '16 - Master's Thesis (Biology)

Mara is culturing and sequencing biomineralizing fungal and bacterial populations in southern Appalachian caves
co-advised with Dr. Suzanna Bräuer









Joshua Feierstein '15 - Independent Study

Josh is working on migrating geochemical databases to web interfaces







Cameron Batchelor '16 - Independent Study

Cameron is working on a geochemical study of the Late Devonian mass extinction, using 87Sr/86Sr measurements to provide information about depositional setting and diagenesis, and looking for zircons in sediments to help constrain biostratigraphic ages. When she is not on the scanning electron microscope at Appalachian, she is working in the Geochronology and Isotope Geochemistry lab run by Dr. Drew Coleman at UNC-Chapel Hill. co-advised with Dr. Johnny Waters








Matthew Wilson '16 - Independent Study

Matthew is working on a sedimentology and isotope study to track the rebound between the Frasnian-Famennian and the end-Devonian mass extinctions.
co-advised with Dr. Johnny Waters

Iris Ferris '17 - Independent Study

Iris spends most of her time dissolving limestones to look for conodonts and microfossils in late Devonian rocks from Mongolia, to better constrain the biostratigraphy
co-advised with Dr. Johnny Waters

Casey Weber '18 - Independent Study

Casey is also working on the microfossil content of Paleozoic Mongolian rocks
co-advised with Dr. Johnny Waters

Travis Hartney '16 - Independent Study

Travis is attempting to characterize vocanic clasts from Oldonyo Lengai in Tanzania to map the extent and direction of mudflows at the Engare Sero early hominid footprint site

Former Students

Bryan Zorn '14 - Masters Thesis (Biology)

Illumina Sequencing of Fungal Assemblages and Manganese Biomineralization Reveals Compositional Shifts as a Result of Nutrient Loading within Cave Sediments
co-advised with Dr. Suzanna Bräuer

L. McCain Moore '15 - Independent Study

Detection of the Hangenberg Event in the Heishantou Formation, northwestern China
co-advised with Dr. Johnny Waters

Sonia Sanchez '14 - Independent Study

Characterization of the Zhulumute Formation, northwestern China
co-advised with Dr. Johnny Waters

Aubry DeReuil '13 - Independent Study and Senior Thesis

Sedimentation, Geochemistry, and Mineralogy across the Frasnian-Fammenian Boundary, northwestern China
co-advised with Dr. Johnny Waters

Oliver Burns '14 - Independent Study

The role of geologic substrate in biomineralization of Mn oxides in caves

Mary Jane Carmichael '12 - Masters Thesis (Biology)

Geomicrobiology of Ferromanganese Deposits in Caves of the Upper Tennessee River Basin
co-advised with Dr. Suzanna Bräuer

Leigh Anne Roble '12 - Independent Study and Senior Thesis

Manganese Oxidation by Fungi in Karst Environments

Kaylee Barket '13 - Independent Research

FT-IR analysis of nepheline water content in volcanic carbonatites, northern Tanzania.

H. Cody Amakali '12 - Independent Research

Pb-Zn deposits and their geochemical tracers in the Shady Dolomite in the Austinville District, southwest Virginia.

Seth Hewitt '11 - Senior Thesis

Petrographic and geochemical analysis of the volcanic region surrounding the Lake Natron Homo sapiens footprint site, northern Tanzania
co-advised with Dr. Cynthia Liutkus