Elizabeth A. Kowalski
Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, 501 E Saint Joseph Street, Rapid City, South Dakota 57701
Phone: 605-394-2468 Fax: 605-394-6703 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Adjunct Assistant Professor: Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Contracted Research Assistant: Smithsonian Institution
- Doctor of Philosophy, Geology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2001
Advisor: Dr. Robyn Burnham
- Master of Science, Marine Geology and Geochemistry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1994
Advisor: Dr. Philip Meyers
- Bachelor of Science, Earth Sciences, University of Notre Dame, 1992
Advisor: Dr. John Halfman
MAJOR RESEARCH INTERESTS
- Cenozoic paleobotany, paleoecology, paleoclimatology, paleobiogeography.
- The relationship between plants, soils, and climate, and how that can be used to determine terrestrial paleoclimate.
- The relationship between climate change and uplift, and how plants can be used to document paleoelevation change.
- Distribution of variability in plant leaf morphology due to climate and phylogeny.
Grants and Awards
- E. C. Ermine Cowles Case Student Award For Outstanding Scholarship and Attainment in Research, awarded annually by the Museum of Paleontology and Department of Geological Sciences (1999).
- Paleontological Society Grant-in-aid (1999).
- University of Michigan Rackham Discretionary Funds Award (1999).
- Scott Turner Award in Earth Sciences from the University of Michigan Department of Geological Sciences (1997, 1999).
- Summer Preliminary Field Research Grant from Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Michigan (1997).
- University of Michigan Rackham Travel Grant (1993, 1998, 1999).
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (2002)
- GS 150: Dinosaur Extinction and Other Controversies. Freshman seminar course.
Post-Doctoral Research Assistant
Florida Museum of Natural History University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (2001-2002)
- NSF funded project comparing modern leaf morphology and wood anatomy with climate parameters. Involves sampling leaves and wood from modern forests, statistical tests of the resultant data and predictive equation formation.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (1993-1999)
- GS 120: Geology of National Parks (1993). Two laboratory sessions per week. Created and graded weekly quizzes and laboratory exercises, and lectured for 30 minutes at the start of each session.
- GS 125: Evolution and Extinction (1996). Led three discussion sections per week, graded and created weekly quizzes, and led review sessions.
- GS 411: Geology of Michigan (1997). Graded weekly homework exercises and held office hours to explain course material (office hours were well attended).
- GS 440: Field Geology for Geology Majors (1998, 1999). A small class that teaches field techniques to geology majors. I helped to demonstrate field geology techniques, including stratigraphic and structural mapping, field recognition of formations, structure, and depositional environment, and stream flow and velocity calculation. Also, I graded exams, field and laboratory exercises.
University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN
- GS 145: Introduction to Physical Geology (1991). Responsible for laboratory set-up, grading and class assistance.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (1992-1994 and 1996 2001)
- Responsible for preparation, cleaning and curation of fossil plant specimens, and for cataloguing and curation of modern botanical specimens (stems, fruits and seeds). In addition, I have performed grain size, carbonate and organic carbon analysis (CHN analysis) of sediment samples.
University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN (1991-1992)
- Assisted with ongoing projects, data entry and organization of laboratory space.
University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI (Summers of 1990 and 1991)
- Analyzed sediment samples from Lake Malawi and DSDP cores using paleomagnetic techniques.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (1992-1994)
- Responsible for coordinating and overseeing several undergraduates in the marine geology laboratory for the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, teaching carbon bomb and CHN analyzer techniques and data interpretation.
- Modern relationship between plants and climate, Eastern North America (2001).
Project leader. Collected leaf and wood samples from trees in ten sites along the East Coast.
- Pliocene paleobotany and stratigraphy of the San Isidro Formation, Bolivia (2001).
Co-leader. Measured section and collected Pliocene plant macrofossils, ash, pollen and modern plant samples.
- Eocene paleobotany and vertebrate paleontology of Mahenge, Tanzania (2000).
Field assistant. Collected plant macrofossil and fish fossil specimens.
- Miocene paleobotany and stratigraphy of the Nabón Basin, Ecuador (1997, 1999).
Project leader. Measured section, collected plant macrofossil specimens and conducted field censusing of plant species.
- Miocene paleobotany of the Nabón, Loja and Cuenca Basins, Ecuador (1997, 1998).
Field assistant. Collected plant macrofossil specimens.
- Eocene vertebrate paleontology of the Green River Basin, Wyoming (1995).
Field assistant. Collected mammal and reptile fossil specimens.
- El Museo de Historia Natural "Noel Kempff Mercado", Santa Cruz, Bolivia, (2001)
- The University of Florida, Ecology Series (2001)
- Albion College, Introduction to Earth History Class (2000)
Professional Society Memberships
- The Paleontological Society
- The Geological Society of America
- The Botanical Society of America