Shaolin joined the Stigall Lab in Fall 2018. Shaolin earned her BS in Geology at SUNY Cortland were she explored morphological proxies for microevolutionary changes in the trilobite Triarthrus. For her MS thesis, Shaolin is examining evolutionary patterns and processes during the Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event via phylogenetic and biogeographic analysis of articulated brachiopods. Shaolin presented her initial results at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ in September 2019 and has received grant support for her work from the Yale Peabody Museum and the Department of Geological Sciences.
Ceara joined the the Stigall Lab in Fall 2019. Ceara graduated with her Bachelors in Geology from CSU Chico in California, and was employed in geological consulting before starting the MS program. Ceara’s thesis research will use ecological niche modeling to investigate changes in niche breadth within brachiopod lineages before, during, and after the Great Ordovician Biodiversificaiton Event (across the Ordovician Period) in Laurentia.
Ian Forsythe, BS Geological Sciences expected 2019
Ian is working on an independent research project focused on delineating the number of valid Rafinesquina species in the Cincinnati region using geometric morphometrics. He presented research results at the Annual Geological Society Meetings in Indianapolis, Indiana in November 2018 and Phoenix, AZ in September 2019. Ian is currently writing up his research for publication in the Journal of Paleontology.