Joseph Mohan

Research Assistant

Department of Earth and Environmental Systems
Indiana State University, S168 Science Building
Terre Haute, Indiana 47809
734.740.9256
JMohan@Sycamores.indstate.edu

Research Topics

Paleoenvironmental analysis from the Pliocene Hadar Formation, Afar Region of Ethiopia and itís relationship to hominin evolution particularly in relation to Austaropithicus afarensis. I am also completing taxonomic descriptions of diatoms from the Pliocene Hadar Formation that are new to science.

Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

  • Indiana State University - M.S. in Earth and Quaternary Sciences (2015-Present)
    Thesis: Pliocene diatoms: A paleoenvironmental analysis of early hominin sites in the Afar Region, East Africa
  • Adviser: Jeffery Stone
  • Central Michigan University - B.S. in Geology (2009-2014)
    Thesis: A new occurrence of scolecodonts (polycheate jaws) in the Middle Devonian Gravel Point Formation of West Michigan
  • Adviser: Reed Wicander

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

  • Department of EES, Indiana State University (2015-Present)
    Research topic: Hominin Sites and Paleolakes Drilling Project: Understanding of the paleoenvironmental/paleoclimatic context of human evolution.
  • Department of EES, Indiana State University (2015)
    Research topic: Assisted with Livingston sediment core collection at the Cahokia Mounds, Unesco World Heritage Site.
  • Department of Geology, Central Michigan University (2013-2014) Research topic: A new occurrence of scolecodonts (polycheate jaws) in the Middle Devonian Gravel Point Formation of West Michigan
  • Department of Geology, Central Michigan University (2013)
    Research topic: Investigating emplacement mechanism of the Maiden Creek Sill in the Henry Mountains, Utah
  • Department of Geology, Central Michigan University (2012-2013)
    Research topic: A paleoenvironmental analysis of the Middle Devonian Gravel Point Formation, Western Michigan.
  • Department of Geology, Central Michigan University (2011) Research topic: Environmentally Hazardous Boron in Gold Mine Tailings, Timmins, Ontario, Canada

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Indiana State University (2016)
    Supplemental Laboratory Assistant for Introduction to Environmental Science Lab, ENVI 110L
  • Department of Geology, Central Michigan University (2011)
    Teaching Assistant for Introduction to Earth Systems, Gel 100

PUBLICATIONS

  • Mohan, J., 2013. A Paleoenvironmental Analysis of the Middle Devonian Gravel Point Formation, Western Michigan The Professional Geologist. Vol. 50(6) p.12-16

PRESENTATIONS

  • Mohan, J., & Stone, J. R., 2016, Diatoms from the Pliocene Hadar Formation, Afar Region, Ethiopia. Hominin Sites and Paleolakes Drilling Project Annual Meeting, Poster Presentation
  • Stone, J. R., Owen, B., Muiruri, V., Westover, K., Brindle, M., Mohan, J., 2016, Update on Diatom Paleoecology Progress. Hominin Sites and Paleolakes Drilling Project Annual Meeting, Oral Presentation
  • Stone, J. R., Westover, K.S., Brindle, M.D., & Mohan, J., 2015, Plio-Pleistocene Diatoms From Three East African Rift Lakes. North American Diatom Symposium, Poster Presentation
  • Mohan, J., 2013, A Paleoenvironmental Analysis of the Middle Devonian Gravel Point Formation, Western Michigan. Geologial Society of America125th annual meeting & expo Denver, Colorado Paper No. 94-11, Oral Presentation

GRANTS & AWARDS

  • Graduate Student Research Fund (Indiana State University) - 2015
    Title: 3.6-2.3 Million Year Old Climate Reconstruction of the Afar Region in East Africa During Human Ancestor (Hominin) Evolution.
    Funded $300
  • American Institute of Professional Geologists - 2013
    50th Anniversary Annual Meeting Undergraduate Poster Competition
    Second Place Award $150
  • Central Michigan University - 2013
    Bailiwick Award for outstanding performance and future promise in paleontology and stratigraphy.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Geological Society of America - 2016
    North Central Section Meeting Undergraduate Poster Session Judge
  • Indiana State University Paleolimnology Laboratory - 2015
    "Night at the Museum" family friendly open house of scientific laboratories