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Volker Vahrenkamp

Volker was a Ph.D. student in the SIL from 1984 to 1988. His dissertation was on the geochemistry of dolomite from Little Bahama Bank (Vahrenkamp and Swart, 1990; Vahrenkamp and Swart, 1994). Volker won the best dissertation of the year in 1988. He is currently working with Shell in the Middle East.

Gong Chung

Gong was a Ph.D. student from 1984 to 1988. He worked on the uranium concentration in carbonate rocks from South Florida and the Bahamas (Chung and Swart, 1990). Gong is a professor of geology at Chungnam University in South Korea.

 

Mike Guzikowski

Mike was a M.S. student from 1984 to 1987. Mike worked on the geochemistry of pore waters from the Bahamas (Swart and Guzikowski, 1988). Mike won the best thesis of the year in 1987. He currently operates a catering company in Boston. Using his geochemical talents to the full, obviously.

 

Steve Harrison

Steve was a M.S. student from 1984 to 1987. Steve measured the concentration of uranium in foraminifera from cores in the Caribbean to examine changes in the pCO2 of the oceans. An idea turned down by NSF and obviously before its time.

 
 
Mike McClain

Mike was a M.S. student from 1986 to 1990. Mike worked on hydrological problems in Ocean Bight in the Bahamas (McClain et al., 1992). Mike won the best th esis of the year in 1990. He completed a Ph.D. at the University of Washington and is currently a professor at Florida International University in Miami.

 
Jason Meyers

Jason was a M.S. student from 1987 to 1990. He worked on ground water stable isotope hydrology in South Florida (Meyers et al., 1993). He finished a Ph.D. at the University of Miami and departed from Australia. Rumours are that he works for a mineral company in Western Australia.

 

Victor Rossinsky

Victor was a honorary student in the SIL finishing a Ph.D. in 1989. He worked on the effect of climate of the formation of calcretes (Rossinsky and Swart, 1993). Currently he owns his own consulting company and still consults with his former honorary advisor, usually in a Bar.

 

Kathy White

Kathy worked on the geochemistry of corals from the Gulf of Guinea and finished a MS in 1995 (Swart et al. 1998). Kathy is rumoured to work somewhere in New England.

 

 
Genny Healy

Genny examined the influence of changes in salinity in Florida Bay using coral skeletons. She finished her M.S. in 1996 after which she completed a PhD at the University of South Carolina in some kind of education stuff. She ran the Instar program at the University of Miami with her old boss for a number of years before the Miami-Dade school board short-sightedly cancel it. Recently she has a new job, as a mum.

 

Jim Leder

Jim worked on a Ph.D. jointly supervised by Dr. Swart and Szmant between 1989 and 1995. He worked on stable isotopes in corals producing three excellent papers. Although he defended he never submitted the final draft. He is missing in action somewhere in North Carolina.

 

Phil Kramer

Phil finished a Ph.D. in 1996 on the geochemistry and hydrology of mud-islands in Florida Bay (Swart and Kramer, 1997; Juster et al., 1997). Afterwards he was suduced by the dark side and became a coral reef activist deserting the pure form of geochemistry. He currently works for the Nature conservancy in the Caribbean.

 

Mike Lutz

Mike completed a MS on the isotopic geochemistry of organic material in Florida Bay in 1997. Mike won the best MS thesis of the year in 2001. He completed a PhD at Stanford in 2005 and lives somewhere in the South Florida area.

Lisa Greer

Lisa finished in a Ph.D. in 2001 on the isotopic geochemistry of corals from the Dominican Republic (Greer and Swart, 2006). She is currently an Associate Professor at Washington and Lee University.

 

Rene Price

Rene completed a Ph.D. in 2001 on groundwater hydrology (Price and Swart, 2006). Rene won the best dissertation of the year in 2001. She is currently an Associate Professor at FIU in Miami.

 

Geoffrey Ellis

Geoff completed a Ph.D. in 2005 on the carbon isotopic composition of organic material from various lakes in Africa. He currently works for the USGS in Denver.

 

Chris Moses

Chris Moses finished a Ph.D. on the geochemistry of corals from the Cape Verde islands (Moses et al., 2005). He is currently works for the government (NOAA).

 

Brad Rosenheim

Brad finished his PhD in 2005 on the geochemistry of sclerosponges (Rosenheim et al, 2005). Brad had the best dissertation of the year in 2005, but did not win it. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Tulane University.

 

Kathyrn Lamb

Kathyrn completed a Ph.D. in 2007 and is currently working for Exxon-Mobil in Houston. Her thesis was on nitrogen cycling in the Florida Keys (Lamb and Swart, 2008). She is now known as Kate.

Michelle Croissier (nee Lopez)

Michelle was a workstudy student in the SIL from 1992 to 1996. She obtained a Ph.D. from Illinois University in Archaeology. She is a frequent visitor and runs dirty archaelogical samples in our ICP-OES. We love you Michelle.

 

Jeff Abell

Jeff was a workstudy student in the SIL and went on to get a PhD from some west coast university. He is currently a professor at Humboldt State University in California.

 

Steve Burns

Steve was a Postdoctoral Associate in the SIL between 1988 and 1990. He worked on samples from Leg 115 and from Florida Bay (Burns and Swart, 1992). He is currently a Profesor at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

 

Samantha Evans

Samanatha was a post doctoral associate in the lab from 2008-2010. She worked on (i) the fractionation of nitrogen isotopes into algal material, and (ii) the development of sulfur isotopes as indicators of diagenesis. She is now a Laboratory Manager in the Stable Isotope Facility at Boise State. Will she ever write a paper? No.

Angela Rosenberg

Angela (on the right) finished her MS on deep corals and is now a lab tech in the Neptune laboratory in South Carolina. Will she ever write a paper?

Yula Hernawati

Yula was an Exxon baby. Now she is having babies of her own. Will she ever write a paper? No.

Amanda Waite

Amanda finished (hurrah) and working at Lafayette College. Writing papers?

Brian Giebel

Brian is working at NIST finding a replacement for NBS-19. Make sure you determine its suitability for use as a clumped isotope standard! Brian has written several papers (Giebel et al. 2010) and (Giebel et al. 2011).

Remy Okazaki

Remy is traveling the world. Still writing up.

Corey Schroeder

Cory works for Thermo fixing stuff.

Leslie Melim

Leslie was a posdoctoral associate in the SIL between 1992 and 1995. She worked on the Bahama Drilling Program samples (Melim et al. 2001). She is currently an Associate Professor at Western Illinois University.