Geobiology Ph.D. and M.S. Theses


Fenerty, Brendan M.Sc. 2015, Advisor: Jackson Njau. "Beyond the Gorge: A High-Resolution Reconstruction of the Plio-Pleistocene Paleogeographic and Climatic Context of Hominin Evolution in the Olduvai Basin, Tanzania."


Bykowski, Richard Ph.D. 2014, Advisor: P. David Polly. "Using trait-based approaches to analyze the factors affecting theropod paleoecology in the Mesozoic" Document URL

Topalov, Katarina Ph.D 2014


Grossnickle, David M. M.S. 2013, Advisors: Jackson Njau, P. David Polly. "Implications of the angiosperm radiation on morphological disparity and taxonomic diversity of Mesozoic mammals" Document URL

Herrmann, Edward Ph.D. 2013, Advisors: April Sievert and P. David Polly. "Geoarchaeology of Paleoindian and Early Archaic site distributions in the White River Valley, Indiana" Document URL

Vermillion, Wesley M.S. 2013


Green, Robin M.S. 2012, Advisor: Claudia Johnson. "Analysis of Coral Reef Variation in Bonaire" Document URL

Lawing, Michelle Ph.D 2012, Advisor: P. David Polly. "The geographic and morphologic response of species and communities to their climate and environment" Document URL


Bose, Rituparna Ph.D. 2011, Advisor: P. David Polly. "Morphometric evolution of Paleozoic brachiopods – The effects of environment and ecological interactions on shell morphology" Document URL

Gercke, Emily S. M.S. 2011. "Windward and leeward sedimentation patterns on Catalina Island, Dominican Republic."

Morgenthein, James M.S. 2011. "Paleoecology of the Maastrichtian El Rayo Formation, Southwestern Puerto Rico"


Everett, Melanie A. Ph.D. 2010, Advisors: Kathy Schick, Nick Toth. "The paleoecology of the Pleistocene upper Busidima Formation, Gona, Afar Depression, Ethiopia" Document URL

Puchalski, Stephanie Ph.D. 2010, Advisor: Claudia Johnson. "Taphonomic approaches to interpretation of the fossil record of chitons (Mollusca, Polyplacophora)." Document URL


Davis, Allicia M.S. 2009. "Depositional environments of the Barrancas and Rio Maton Limestone Members, Albian, Puerto Rico."

Nold, Kathryn M.S. 2009. "Indigenous utilization of shallow-water resources from archaeological marine shells in the Dominican Republic."


Simonelli, Glenn M.S. 2007. "Sedimentology, geochemistry and paleobiology of a marginal marine depositional environment, the Mansfield Formation, Martin County, Indiana."


Hernandez, Sonya M.S. 2006. "Stratigraphy and sedimentology of the Lares Limestone, Oligocene, Puerto Rico."


Huff, Laurie M.S. 2005. "An analysis of anatomy, lifestyle and feather evolution of early birds and comparisons with Protoavis texensis: Was Protoavis a bird?"

Puchalski, Stephanie M.S. 2005. "Taphonomy of chitons (Mollusca, Polyplacophora) and the chiton fossil record."


Barrow, Erica M.S. 2004. "Paleontologic investigation of a Middle-Late Oligocene reef complex, San Sebastian Formation and Lares Limestone, Puerto Rico."

Campbell, Matthew Ph.D. 2004, Advisors: Gary Lane, Lisa Pratt. "Systematics and phylogenetics of the family Streptacididae (Gastropoda: Heterobranchia) from Devonian through Triassic marine strata" Document URL

Latimer, Jennifer C., Ph.D. 2004, Advisor: Gabe Fillipelli, Claudia Johnson. "Paleo-export production and terrigenous sedimentation in the Southern Ocean." Document URL


Fall, L. M. M.S. 2003. "Quantification of coiling in rudist bivalves and assessment of water-energy levels; Middle to Basal Upper Albian, Edwards Formation, Texas."


Willan, Christopher M.S. 2000. "Glacial-stage reef tract development of the Pleistocene coral cap on Barbados, West Indies: Implications for tectonic uplift history."


Leonard, K. Ph.D. 1999, Advisor: Chris Maples, Brian Keith. "Sequence stratigraphy of the Muscatatuck group (Middle Devonian) in southern Indiana: A new framework for paleontological analysis." Document URL

Rhoades, Lisa Ph.D. 1999, Advisor: Don Hattin. "Stratigraphic and sedimentologic analysis of rhythmic physical, biological, and geochemicalsignatures in two cores of the Mississippian (Osagean) Borden Group, Harrison County, Indiana" Document URL

Shriner, Christine Ph.D. 1999, Advisor: K Vitelli. "Ceramic technology at Lerna, Greece in the third millennium B.C.: Economic and social implications" Document URL

Ventura, G.T. M.S. 1999. "Investigation of coral diversity and coral number on disturbance-induced patches: A study of the intermediate disturbance hypothesis in the Key Largo Formation, Late Pleistocene, Florida."

Wood, K.D. M.S. 1999. "Reconstructing Pleistocene reef development, Barbados, West Indies."


Gobetz, Katrina E. M.S. 1998. "Morphological and taphonomic study of a local assemblage of flat-headed peccaries (Platygonus compressus Leconte) from a Late Pleistocene sinkhole deposit in northwestern Ohio, U.S.A."

Machovoe, S.R. M.S. 1998. "High Resolution stratigraphic analysis of an amalgamated sequence boundary, Cretaceous (Turonian-Coniacian), Western Interior Basin, U.S.A."

Pickford, Katherine A. M.S. 1998. "Recent estuaries as a testing ground of methods used to interpret paleosalinities of ancient marginal marine environments."