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


Current Students



Bryan Zorn '14 - Master's Thesis (Biology)

Bryan is studying the genetics of biomineralizing fungal populations in southern Appalachian cave environments
co-advised with Dr. Suzanna Bräuer









Joshua Feierstein '15 - Independent Study

Josh is attempting to create romanechite and hollandite in the lab using Leptothrix sp.







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

L. McCain Moore '15 - Independent Study

McCain is working on a geochemical study of Devonian ocean anoxia events (particularly the Hangenberg Event), using scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction to look for mineralogical changes and geochemical signals of anoxia associated with mass extinctions.
co-advised with Dr. Johnny Waters

Sonia Sanchez '14 - Independent Study

Sonia is unraveling the sedimentological history of the Zhulumute Formation in western China. Her work involves cathodoluminensce microscopy (CL), petrography, X-ray diffraction, and scanning electron microscopy.
co-advised with Dr. Johnny Waters

Former Students

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