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Virtual GSA 2020

Ceara presented her MS thesis research at this virtual Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America this year. It was nice to come together to share our science, even if virtually.

Ceara Purcell and  Alycia L. StigallHow does niche evolution contribute to diversification? A test using ecological niche modelling to examine Laurentian brachiopods during the Ordovician 

Geology Graduate Students, Faculty Participate in Annual Geological Society of American Meeting – Ohio University | College of Arts & Sciences

The Geological Society of America annual meeting is one of the largest scientific gatherings of geologists each year, and the Ohio University Geological Sciences Department historically sends a large contingent of students and faculty to showcase their research. This year the GSA meeting is online from Oct. 26-30, but departmental […]

Stigall co-organizes online conference for IGCP 653: “Zooming in on the GOBE”

Both Ceara and Alycia presented the results of their current research into Ordovician biodiversity dynamics, and Alycia co-organized the meeting.

Stigall Organizes Free Conference, Brings Together Researchers from Six Continents – Ohio University | College of Arts & Sciences

When the annual meeting of the UNESCO funded international geoscience project that she co-chairs was canceled, Dr. Alycia Stigall decided that scientific conferences are essential for building collaborations and advancing scientific knowledge, and so she found a way to host “The onset of the Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event” conference despite […]

Alycia takes on the role of Chair for the Department of Geological Sciences

by Alycia Stigall

In July, Dr. Stigall was elected to begin a term as Chair of the Department of Geological Sciences at Ohio University immediately Although there are many challenges of leading a department during a pandemic, curricular revision, launch of a new online MS program, and pending building renovation, it has been really rewarding to be able to work with our faculty and students to provide them with support and to work to strategically improve our department and programs.

Chair’s Message | ‘Geologists are Natural Problem Solvers’ – Ohio University | College of Arts & Sciences

Hello Alumni and Friends, Fall is in the air here in Athens, but this is a fall like none before. 2020 has certainly been an interesting year in the Department of Geological Sciences, but geologists are natural problem solvers, and we are always ready for a challenge. The department continues […]

2019-2020 Geology Department Awards

We couldn’t have an end of year departmental picnic, but Stigall Lab students still received top department awards! I’m so proud of them for all their amazing work–including Ian and Shy defending during quarantine!

I am so fortunate to work with amazing people who are also great scientists! 

Links to the university’s new articles here:
Shaolin was awarded Most Outstanding MS Student:

Ian was recognized as Outstanding Graduating Senior:

Ceara was recognized as Most Oustanding First Year MS student with the Chang Scholarship:

Ceara received Alumni Grant and Summer Fellowship:

New review of Gondwanan conchostracans

Stigall Contributes to Comprehensive Review of African Fossil Crustacean – Ohio University | College of Arts & Sciences

Dr. Alycia Stigall, Professor of Geological Sciences at Ohio University, recently published “The Devonian-Cretaceous fossil record of ‘conchostracans’ of Africa and their paleobiogeographic relationships with other Gondwanan faunas” in Journal of African Earth Sciences with an international team of collaborators. Conchostracans, or clam shrimp, are crustaceans that live in shallow, ephemeral […]