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


Current Students



James Seward '18 - Master's Thesis (Biology)

TBA
co-advised with Dr. Suzanna Bräuer

Robert Thomas '17 - Independent Study and Senior Thesis

Robert is characterizing the sediments in a new locality in southwestern Mongolia to look for anoxia events.
co-advised with Dr. Johnny Waters

John Granholm '17 - Independent Study

John started working on a project to decipher the causes and mechanisms of microbialite formation in Late Devonian sediments from Mongolia, and is beginning a new project characterizing sediments across the Devonian-Carboniferous boundary in Belgium.
co-advised with Dr. Johnny Waters

Kieran Krommes '18 - Independent Study

Kieran will be working on sediments from the Appalachian Basin in Virginia, to help determine the extent of tectonic forces on anoxia development.
co-advised with Dr. Johnny Waters

Olivia Paschall '18 - Independent Study

Olivia is working on a variety of sediments from southeast Asia, using trace element geochemistry and framboid distribution analysis to determine the extent of anoxia in restricted basins in the Middle and Late Devonian.
co-advised with Dr. Johnny Waters

Allison Dombrowski '20 - Independent Study

Allison is working characterizing the mineralogy and Sr isotope signatures of sediments from southeast Asia from the Middle and Late Devonian.



Former Students

Travis Hartney '16 - Independent Study and Senior Thesis

Petrographic and mineralogical analysis of volcanic clasts: Oldoinyo Lengai, Tanzania
co-advised with Dr. Cynthia Liutkus-Pierce

Paige Anderholm '18 - Independent Study

Mn oxides in acid mine drainage from Ore Knob, Ashe County, NC.

Benjy Strauss '16 - Independent Study

Petrogenesis of the Greer Hollow ultramafic suite, northwestern NC

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

Microbial community analysis coupled with geochemical studies reveal factors affecting biotic Mn(II) oxidation in situ
co-advised with Dr. Suzanna Bräuer

Cameron Batchelor '15 - Independent Study and Senior Thesis

Constraining the Ages of Late Devonian Extinction Events in the Central Asian Orogenic Belt (CAOB): U-Pb Geochronology and Igneous Petrology
co-advised with Dr. Johnny Waters

Joshua Feierstein '15 - Independent Study

2014-2015 - Development of SQL server for the DAGGER database (http://dagger.appstate.edu)
2012-2014 - Crystallinity and biosignatures preserved in cultured Mn oxides

Matthew Wilson '16 - Independent Study

Mineralogy of the sediments surrounding the Late Devonian Annulata Event in the CAOB
co-advised with Dr. Johnny Waters

Iris Ferris '17 - Independent Study

Microbialite textures in Late Devonian rocks from Mongolia
co-advised with Dr. Johnny Waters

Casey Weber '18 - Independent Study

Organic Geochemistry of Late Devonian rocks from the CAOB (pilot study)
co-advised with Dr. Johnny Waters

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