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

Travis Hartney '16 - Independent Study and Senior Thesis

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.
co-advised with Dr. Cynthia Liutkus-Pierce

Robert Thomas '17 - Independent Study

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

Kieran Krommes '17 - 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

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

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



Former Students

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