Senior Lab Personnel

Dr. Jeffery R. Stone

My research explores the response of freshwater diatoms to environmental change, whether driven by climate or anthropogenic forces. I have currently have research projects in North America and East Africa. I typically use stratigraphic lake core studies, 3D lake modeling, and modern ecological information to reconstruct past lake or river settings. My research range from millennial to seasonal in scale, and spans modern environments and throughout the Quaternary.

Dr. Karlyn S. Westover

Karlyn is a freshwater diatomist specializing in statistical methods and alpine settings. She has current research projects in East Africa and Switzerland. She has an adjunct position in the Department of Earth and Environmental Systems, where she periodically teaches classes.

Current Graduate Students

Matthew Brindle

Joined Fall 2012 - Research Topics: Late Holocene climate reconstruction of Cosley and Glenns Lakes, Glacier NP, Montana and the diatom history of Lake Turkana and its relationship climate change through early human history.

Bethany Kile

Undergraduate Student Researcher Spring 2015 - Spring 2016 (graduated 2016)
Joined Fall 2016 - Bethany was the undergraduate lab assistant for 3 semesters and a SURE participant in the summer of 2015. As an MS student, Bethany's research will focus on the diatom and sediment geochemistry history of Herd Lake, Idaho.

Ellen O'Neil

Joined Fall 2016 - Ellen is researching season nutrient dynamics of the Wabash River using diatoms and water chemistry techniques.

Erika Smith

Undergraduate Student Researcher Fall 2013 - Fall 2016 MS Graduate Student - Joined Fall 2017 Erika's research will explore the environmental impacts of coal-burning power plants on lakes in Southern Indiana.

Emily Starbuck

Joined Fall 2016 - Emily is examining the late Holocene diatom history of Pretty Lake, Indiana.

Current Undergraduate Students

Helena Bierly

Joined Spring 2016 - Helena is the current lab technician - her research has primarily been morphometic analyses of Stephanodiscoid taxa from Herd Lake, ID.