Students and Postdocs

last updated: January 2017

Current Yale students (primary adviser)

Zheng Gong, PhD expected 2021.  Topic: Precambrian global tectonics, the geodynamo, and environmental change.

Seamus Houlihan, BS expected 2019.  Topic: Paleomagnetism of Tonian dykes and lavas in the Welwitschia Inlier, northern Namibia.

Current Yale students (second discourse adviser)

Emily Stewart, PhD expected 2020.  Topic: Further paleomagnetic study of the Keilberg cap carbonate, Etoto syncline, Namibia.

Devon Cole, PhD expected 2019.  Topic: Testing Vaalbara supercraton reconstructions with integrated paleomagnetism and U-Pb geochronology of mafic dykes from Pilbara, Western Australia.

Terry Tang, PhD expected 2019.  Topic: Paleomagnetic and rock-magnetic investigation of an undeformed and unmetamorphosed section of Ediacaran postglacial cap carbonate, northernmost Namibia.

Former Yale students

Colton Lynner, PhD  2016.  Topic (minor discourse): Baked-contact tests on the Gannakouriep dyke swarm, Namibia.

Chris Thissen, PhD  2016.  Topic (minor discourse): Detailed paleomagnetic reinvestigation of the Scaglia Rossa formation, Italy, and implications for Late Cretaceous true polar wander.

Olivia Walker, BS  2016.  Topic: Refined paleomagnetism of Mesoproterozoic rocks in the Kunene region, southern Congo craton, Namibia.

XinXin Xu, BS/MS  2016.  Topic: Paleomagnetism of the Mesoproterozoic Barby Formation, southern Namibia.

Taylor Kilian, PhD 2015, currently postdoctoral fellow at U.California-Berkeley.  Topic: Paleomagnetism of Proterozoic dikes in the Wyoming craton: Implications for the assembly of Laurentia.

Tierney Larson, BS 2015, currently PhD student at Columbia University.  Topic: Meso-Neoproterozoic paleomagnetism of the southern Congo craton, Tanzania and Namibia.

Joe Panzik, PhD 2015, currently Postdoctoral Teaching Associate, Univ. Tennessee-Knoxville.  Thesis: Assessing Earth’s Proterozoic geomagnetic field geometry and paleogeography using theoretical and analytical techniques.

Jenna Hessert, BS 2014, currently MS student at Texas Tech.  Thesis: Paleomagnetic baked-contact tests in the Mesoproterozoic Sinclair region of Namibia.

Ross Mitchell, PhD 2013, currently postdoctoral researcher at Curtin Univ, Western Australia.  Thesis: Supercontinents, true polar wander, and paleogeography of the Slave craton.

Jenn Kasbohm, BS 2013, currently PhD student at Princeton University.  Thesis: A paleomagnetic reanalysis of the Auborus Formation, Namibia.

Dan Peppe, PhD 2009, currently on faculty at Baylor University.  Thesis: A High Resolution Chronostratigraphic Study of the Early Paleocene Floral Record in the Northern Great Plains.

Ian Rose, BS 2009, currently PhD student at U.California-Berkeley.  Thesis: Paleomagnetism of Mafic Dikes in the Northern Pilbara Craton, Western Australia.

Tim Raub, PhD 2008, currently on faculty at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.  Thesis: Prolonged Deglaciation of Snowball Earth.

Theresa Raub, PhD 2008.  Thesis: Paleomagnetism of Dubawnt Supergroup, Baker Lake Basin, Nunavut, Canada: Refining Laurentia’s Paleoproterozoic Apparent Polar Wander Path.

Catherine Izard, BS 2006, co-founder of Community Choice Partners, CA.  Thesis: A Preliminary Paleomagnetic Investigation of the Long Range Dikes, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

Eben Rose, MPhil 2004.  Topic: A geological appraisal of prebiology in Earth history.

Current postdocs

Bin Wen (2016- ).  Topic: Paleomagnetism and tectonic history of Tarim and Alxa terranes, central Asia.

Former postdocs

Johanna Salminen (2010-12), currently on faculty at University of Helsinki, Finland.  Topic: Paleomagnetism of Mesoproterozoic mafic dykes in Finland (Baltica) and the São Francisco/Congo craton (Brazil/Angola).

Michiel de Kock (2007-08), currently on faculty at University of Johannesburg, South Africa.  Topic: Paleomagnetic study of the Agouron scientific drillcores and outcrops of the Ventersdorp and Transvaal successions, for refinement of the Kaapvaal craton apparent polar wander path; and a global review of “hard” hematite iron deposits from paleomagnetic constraints.

Aleksey Smirnov (2005-07), currently on faculty at Michigan Technical University.  Topic: Intensity and field morphology of the Archean-Paleoproterozoic geomagnetic field, and refinement of the Neoarchean apparent polar wander path for the Pilbara craton, Western Australia.