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Commencement 2012

Undergraduate Concentrators

Matthew Becker: Matt Becker graduated with an A.B. in Geological Sciences. He has worked from 2007 to the present at the John Day Fossil Beds in Oregon, and he completed a senior thesis with Professor Jessica Whiteside on `Paleocecological analysis of mammalian communities of the John Day formation, OR’.  While at Brown, Matt was active in the music community as a bassist and part of the Multimedia and Electronic Music Experiment.  Matt plans to continue his work at the John Day Fossil Beds.

Nathan Chellman: Nathan graduated with an Sc.B. in Geology/Biology.  He was a member of the varsity track and cross-country teams for all 4 years, and part of the Brown EMS team for the past 3 years.  Nathan’s research experiences included a summer at the Desert Research Institute in Nevada and an Honors thesis with Prof. Meredith Hastings on `Tracing anthropogenic impacts on nitrate deposition at Summit, Greenland between 1760 and 2003’. At graduation Nathan won a department senior award for Academics and Research. This summer he traveled to Greenland to collect snow, then to Ghana, back to Brown for a month of analyses, and then to the University of Copenhagen to cut ice from Danish ice archives. In the fall he will return to the Desert Research Institute.

 

Lily Cohen: Lily graduated with an Sc.B. in Geology/Biology. She played squash and Ultimate Frisbee, and volunteered as a Spanish interpreter at the Rhode Island Free Clinic.  Lily spent a semester working in Ecuador and Columbia, and completed the Univ. Minnesota summer hydrology field course.  Lily had an UTRA with Prof. Jim Russell, which led to her Honors thesis entitled ` a high resolution record of leaf wax deltaD from Lake Challa and comparison to the historical instrumental records’.   This summer Lily is a field research assistant with the USGS in Fairbanks Alaska.  She has applied for other field assistant positions for fall, and eventually plans to apply to graduate programs.

 

 

Kassandra Costa: Kassandra graduated with an Sc.B. in Geology/Chemistry. She was a member of the Wind Symphony. She was awarded an REU at Univ. South Florida, and attended a summer field course in Hawaii.  She served as an undergraduate TA for GEOL 220 and 230 (twice), and coordinated two very successful spring break field trips.  She won a Brown International Scholars Program award to do field work in the Azores followed by lab analyses, which led to her Honors thesis with Prof. Steve Parman titled `Volatile content and distribution  in the Azorean mantle source components.’ At graduation Kassandra was honored to receive the department Senior Award. This year she will continue doing research at Brown before applying to graduate programs for fall 2013.

 

 

Jody DeAraujo: Jody graduated with an Sc.B. in Geological Sciences. During 2 summers she worked at the USGS in Menlo Park investigating arsenic levels in the foothills of the Sierras, and she presented her results at the national AGU meetings. She completed a field course with the Univ. Minnesota, and spent one semester studying abroad in Belem, Brazil. She tutored at the Asa Messer Elementary School and participated in Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial arts/dance group.  Jody completed an Honors thesis with Elizabeth Thomas and Prof. Steve Clemens titled `Reconstructing Asian monsoon strength using a late Holocene multi-proxy lake sediment record from the NE Tibet Plateau’. She has returned home to California to think about the future.

 

Maria Dunlavey: Maria graduated with an Sc.B. in Geology/Biology. She served as an undergraduate TA for GEOL 310 and 1450.  Maria had an UTRA with Professor Jessica Whiteside, and presented results of her work at three national meetings.  She attended the spring break field trip all four years and co-organized the 2011 and 2012 trips, as well as creating the entire guidebook for the 2012 trip.  She completed the Univ. New Mexico summer field course, and served as a TA for the course the following summer. She spent one semester studying abroad in Tanzania. At graduation she was give a department senior award for Academics and Service.  Maria is working this summer as a wildlife ecology research assistant in Montana; her future plans include some combination of research and teaching.

Chloe Fandel: Chloe graduated with an A.B. in Geological Sciences. She served as a TA for GEOL 220 twice, and attended all four years of the spring field trip and helped organize the 2011 trip. She completed the Univ. New Mexico summer field course, and spent 3 summers working with a hydrogeology consulting firm in southern France. She was a BOLT leader and manager, and also played on the club ultimate Frisbee team for 3 years.  Chloe has a GeoCorps position as a hydrology field assistant this summer and plans to return this area in the fall to work for Americorps. Her future plans include obtaining an MAT and teaching.

 

Britta Green: Britta graduated with an A.B. in Geology/Biology. She attended two spring break field trips. She was an intern at Rhode Island Public Radio, worked part time as a producer for Morning Edition, and was Managing Editor for the Brown Daily Herald.  Britta did research on seed germination with Prof. Annie Schmitt, and was awarded an AT&T New Media Fellowship.  This summer she began work for Kekst and Company in New York City.

 

Niwaeli Kimambo: Niwaeli graduated with an A.B. in Geological Sciences and an A.B. in History. She was awarded a Royce Fellowship to investigate historical changes in land use in her native Tanzania.  She was a member of the Brown Ballroom Dance Team, a Mentor with the MAPS program and attended the University of New Mexico summer field program. This summer Niwaeli began work at a Geographical Information Systems-based company in Tanzania, where she has provided some great help to current PhD student Marc Mayes, and she plans to apply to graduate school in geo-spatial analysis.

 

Matt Klebanoff: Matt graduated with an A.B. in Geological Sciences.  He served as a staff writer for the Brown Daily Herald and managing editor for the Post magazine. He attended the University of New Mexico summer field course, was active in the Geo DUG, and served as a TA for GEOL 220 and 240.  Matt did research with Prof. Tim Herbert, culminating in an Honors thesis titled `Changes in sea surface temperature and productivity in the eastern equatorial Pacific over the past ~27,000 years’. This summer Matt is working as an intern at a local GIS company, and applying for other internships for fall.

 

Katey Lesneski: Katey graduated with an Sc.B. in Geology/Biology.  Katey had a summer internship at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and spent one semester studying marine ecology and conservation issues at Turks & Caicos.  She attended and helped organize the 2009 and 2010 spring break field trips, and served as a TA for GEOL 10, 220, 240 and 1240. Katey participated for three years in the Best Buddies program, which paired her with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and she served on the Community Standards Board at Brown.  She was awarded a Royce Fellowship and did research with Prof. Warren Prell, culminating in an Honors thesis titled `A spatial and temporal analysis of heavy metals in Narragansett Bay since 1850’. Katey is seeking work, and has graduate school in her future.

 

Lolly Lim: Lolly graduated with an Sc.B. in Geology/BiologyShe organized a GISP on Water: Science and Policy, and completed a semester studying environmental science at MBL.  She managed the Brown Student Garden in 2009-2010 and also started a garden education program at the West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation, where she taught twenty middle school and high school students in the summer.  She did research with Prof. Warren Prell and completed a senior thesis titled `Changes in diatom assemblages in Narragansett Bay as a response to temperature and nutrient input’. This summer Lolly has traveled to Northern India and South Korea, and in fall she will begin working in Washington DC for Environment America, an environmental advocacy group.

Dan Lowry: Dan graduated with an Sc.B. in Geology/Biology. During his time at Brown, he captained the men’s cross-country team, and earned All-American honors.  He holds the school record in the 5000 m and has the third fastest time in the mile, the 3000 m, and the10,000 m.  As a senior Dan won the Athletic Department’s Fritz Pollard award for outstanding male varsity athlete of the year.  Dan had a summer REU at NOAA’s climatology branch in Colorado, and he  presented his results at the national AGU meetings. Dan completed an Honors thesis with Prof. Jessica Whiteside titled `Environmental change across the Triassic-Jurassic mass extinction event’. This summer Dan took part in the Olympic trials in the 5000 m, and this fall he will begin graduate work in geoscience at the University of Michigan while also continuing to train and compete in track.

 

Harmony Lu: Harmony graduated with an Sc.B. in Geology/Biology.  She spent a summer studying Chinese in Beijing, and at Brown she tutored Chinese language and played French horn in a variety of ensembles at Brown. She co-organized a GISP on environmental issues in China, and participated in a summer REU program in Socorro, New Mexico. She was a TA for BIOL 420 three times, and once for BIOL 1420, and served as a Meiklejohn advisor for Prof. Jan Tullis.  Harmony was awarded a Royce Fellowship for ecology research in Puerto Rico with Prof. Stephen Porder (EEB) which culminated in an Honors thesis titled ` Foliar and soil 15N variation across the Loquillo Mountains of Puerto Rico’, and she was also awarded a Beckman Scholarship to do research at Brown and MBL. In the fall she will begin a Fullbright Scholarship, to work with a professor at Academica Sinica in Taiwan.

 

Brent Lunghino: Brent graduated with an Sc.B. in Geological Sciences. He was a member of the sailing team for three years and also played club soccer and many intramural sports.  He studied abroad in Paris, France in the fall of 2010 and completed a summer field course with the Univ. of New Mexico. He spent 2 summers doing research with Prof. Jeff Donnelly at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, which culminated in his Honors thesis titled `Middle to late Holocene sedimentary history of Skan Bay, Alaska, and its relationship to sea level and storms’.  Brent worked one month this summer at Brown, and now has moved to northern California to seek a job in sustainability.

 

Cameron Meyers: Cam graduated with an Sc.B. in Geology/Physics/Math.  He was a BOLT group leader, and completed the Univ. of New Mexico summer field program. He participated in two spring break field trips, and served as a TA for GEOL 1450. Cam received the Sarah LaMendola award in 2011 and also an UTRA.  He did his senior research project with Professor Greg Hirth; he presented his results at the AGU meetings and wrote an Honors thesis titled ` The influence of dynamic recrystallization on deformation mechanisms and strain partitioning in experimentally deformed plagioclase aggregates’. At graduation he was honored to receive the departmental senior award for Academics and Research. This summer Cam is working at a camp, and in the fall he will return to Brown to do additional research and apply to graduate programs in rock deformation.

 

Lillian Mirviss: Lillian graduated with an A.B. in Geology/Biology. She was active in many aspects of emPOWER, Brown’s umbrella environmental organization, she co-founded SCRAP, Brown’s student composting group, and she worked as a Food Sustainability Intern with Brown Dining Services.  Lillian was a member of “What’s on Tap?”, Brown’s only tap group. In her senior year she took all of her courses S/NC, and wrote an essay on the experience that will be used by Dean Cohen in promotional material for new students at Brown. This summer Lillian is working as a Renewable Energy and Wildlife Intern for Defenders of Wildlife in Washington DC. In the fall, she will move to Sacramento to work on energy policy for the state of California.

 

Asya Rahlin: Asya graduated with an Sc.B. in Geology/Biology. She participated in a summer REU program at Florida State University, and served as a TA for BIOL 420 and 1420. She participated in BOLT, worked on the student garden with SUFI and the Urban Environmental Lab garden, and took part in BURP (the Brown University Relaxation Project) where she gave free backrubs. Asya conducted research with Prof. Erika Edwards (EEB), culminating in an Honors thesis titled `Characterizing current and future climate spaces of CAM andC4 plants’.  This summer she is working as a field assistant with an ornithology Ph.D. student in the Rocky Mountains; she plans to attend graduate school in the near future.

 

Lee Saper: Lee graduated with an Sc.B. in Geology/Chemistry. Lee sang in the Brown Derbies for two years and played trombone in the jazz ensemble for all four years. Lee served as a TA for GEOL 0050 and led the undergraduate interview process for two recent faculty searches in planetary science. He was awarded an REU at the Search for Extraterretrial Intelligence (SETI) in California, and a summer internship at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Texas. He did research with Prof. Jack Mustard that culminated in an Honors thesis titled `Origin of linear ridge networks in the Nilosyrtis Highlands and Nili Fossae, Mars: Impact-related deformation, the Martian crust and fluid transport’. He also began an experimental petrology research project with Prof. Yan Liang which he has continued this summer, after a month long trip to visit a number of national parks.  Lee has accepted a job with Malin Space Science Systems in San Diego that will give him additional experience with Mars research, after which he plans to apply to PhD programs.

Jacob Schorr: Jake graduated with an A.B. in Geological Sciences. He worked in Professor Tim Herbert’s lab as a research assistant in 2010 and served as a TA for GEOL 220.  He was a BOLT leader and mentor, and was an illustrator for the College Hill Independent publication.  Jake completed his studies in December of 2011 and currently is working in outdoor education in Oregon.

 

Dow Travers: Dow graduated with an A.B. in Geology/Biology. He played rugby beginning his freshman year, earning All Ivy status all four years.  Dow also has the distinction of representing the Cayman Islands in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, in the giant slalom.  Currently, Dow is touring with the Cayman National Rugby 7s, and hopes to participate in the 2013 Hong Kong World Series Qualifiers and the 2013 World Cup in Canada.  He also plans to hunt for snow this summer in New Zealand to do alpine Rrace training in preparation for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.  Dow will move back to the Cayman Islands to do real estate development and also plans to apply for a masters program in the UK at some point in the future..

 

Caroline Webb: Caroline graduated with an Sc.B. in Geology/Physics/Math. She participated in the Tae Kwon Do Team and earned a silver medal for Poomsae. She was awarded a summer REU in National Security Technologies with Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS), and presented results at the 2011 AGU meetings. She did her senior research with Prof. Greg Hirth, which culminated in an Honors thesis titled `The depth of earthquakes: Changes in the stable-unstable transition’. She will spend next year in China teaching English and learning mandarin; she eventually plans to apply to graduate programs in geophysics.

 

Andrea Weber: Andrea graduated with an Sc.B. in Geological Sciences and an A.B. in Economics. Andrea was in the Brown Band for all 4 years and served as president in her senior year. She attended the Univ. Minnesota summer field course, served as a TA for GEOL 50, 160, and 1240, and also served as president of the Geo DUG in 2011-12.  She did research with Prof. Prell in the summer before her freshman year, and she had an UTRA to do research with Profs. Saal and Head during her freshman and sophomore years and presented some results at the Moscow meeting. She obtained a summer research internship in Iceland in 2010. She did her senior research with Prof. Jim Russell, which culminated in an Honors thesis titled `Inorganic approaches to climate reconstruction of Lake Towuti, Indonesia’.  This summer Andrea had a great trip to Europe and is completing some research here in the department. In September she will begin work with an environmental consulting firm in New Jersey.

 

Pam Wegener: : Pam graduated with an A.B. in Geology/Biology.  She served as a math tutor with the Inspiring Minds Organization and organized meetings and fundraisers on campus for the Guatemalan Pencil Project.  She was involved in research for three years with grad student Elizabeth Thomas and Prof. Steven Clemens, which culminated in an Honors thesis titled `Reconstructing East Asian monsoon strength during the late Quaternary using hydrogen isotope ratios of long chain leaf wax n-alkanoic acids at ODP site 1146’.  Pam is seeking work with consulting firms in the Boston area.