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Graduate Fellowship Recipients

2018

  • Ellen Aikens
    Surfing the green wave in a changing environment: Investigating the impact of drought on the foraging benefit of migration
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Zoology & Physiology, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Matthew Kaufman
  • Mitchell Anderson
    Cyclic Loading of NiTiPt Shape Memory Alloys
    M.S. Candidate, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Carl Frick
  • Andrea Creighton
    Drivers and implications of sub-lake permafrost thaw related to a changing climate
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Andrew Parsekian
  • Donna Drogos
    Microbiology of Extreme Environments: Deep Groundwater in Unconventional Reservoirs in Wyoming
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Civil & Architectural Engineering, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Michael Urynowicz
  • Jessica Rick
    Biodiversity in a changing world: United paleoecological and genomic perspectives to understand environmental change
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Botany, Program in Ecology, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Catherine Wagner
  • Jordan Turner
    Linking Stellar Clusters to Dust Emission in Nearby Galaxies
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Daniel Dale

2017

  • Kristina Harkins
    Determining Drivers of Mammalian Community Diversity in Sagebrush Ecosystems
    M.S. Candidate, Department of Zoology & Physiology, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Merav Ben-David
  • Joshua Heiner
    Modeling Application of a Quantum Mechanical Spin 1/2 Particle Using a Highly Complicated Dirven Nonlinear Dissipative Semi-classical Model
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. David Thayer
  • Noah Hull
    Validation of Ante-Mortem Samples on a Novel Diagnostic Assay for Food Security and Safety of Long-Term Space Expeditions
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Veterinary Sciences, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Brant Schumaker
  • Samuel Pasco
    Using Raman Spectroscopy to Characterize Ice Adhesion on Aircraft Surfaces
    M.S. Candidate, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. William Rice
  • Lauren Stanton
    Do Bright Lights and Big Cities Require Bright Minds and Big Brains? Advancing technology to evaluate wildlife cognition and urban adaptability
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Zoology & Physiology, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Sarah Benson-Amram
  • Jessica Sutter
    Using the [CII] 158 micron Line as a Tracer of Star Formation in Galaxies Near and Far
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Daniel Dale

2016

  • Christine Bell
    Investigating the current distribution of the declining western bumble bee, Bombus occidentalis, in Wyoming
    MS Candidate, Wyoming Natural Diversity Database, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Lusha Tronstad
  • Matthew Dunlop
    Platinum Isotope Characteristics of PT-Bearing Ores and Genetic Implications
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Geology & Geophysics, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Michael Cheadle
  • Daniel Harris
    Doped Iron Carbides and Nitrides as a Catalyst for Fuel Cell Applications
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Chemistry, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Brian Leonard
  • Abigail Hoffman
    Understanding drivers of small-scale spatial variation in the amount and source of nitrogen deposition in Grand Teton National Park
    MS Candidate, Department of Botany, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. David Williams
  • Michelle Mason
    The Master Quasar Catalog of Near-Infrared Spectra: Unlocking the Secrets of Galaxy Evolution in the Early Universe
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Michael Brotherton
  • Jacob Weber
    New Polyaromatic Materials for Electronic Applications
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Chemistry, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Edward Clennan
  • Henry Wladkowski
    Developing Aligned Metallic Single-Wall Carbon Nanotube-Aerogel Materials for Extremely Lightweight Electromagnetic Interference Applications
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. William Rice
  • Andrew Yost
    Investigation of Manganese Doping Effects on Quantum Dot Sensitized Solar Cells by Laser Enhanced Low Temperature Scanning Tunneling Microscopy
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. TeYu Chien

2015

  • William Chick
    A Novel Measurement of Stellar Mass Loss for Nature’s Most Massive Stars
    PhD Candidate. Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Chip Kobulnicky
  • Katherine Foster
    Black and Brown Carbon – Constraining Optical Properties for Integration Into Climate Models
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Atmospheric Science, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Shane Murphy
  • Brandon Overstreet
    Safeguarding streams from the sky: Advancing remote sensing science to support river management
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Geography, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Carl Legleiter
  • James Thode
    Palladium Deposited Metal Carbides as Highly Effective Direct Alcohol Fuel Cell Catalysts
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Chemistry, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Brian Leonard

2014

  • CHARLOTTE GABRIELSEN
    From the Field to Space:  Modeling Wetland Ephermerality and Biodiversity in the Context of Climate Change
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Ecosystem Science & Management,
    University of Wyoming
    Advisor:  Dr. Melanie Murphy
  • BRETT JESMER
    Using Remotely-sensed Data to Link Plant Phenology with Migration, Energy Reserves and Reproduction in a Large Herbivore
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Zoology & Physiology, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Jacob Goheen
  • DAVID KASPER
    The Discovery of Extra-Solar Planets by Transit Detections
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Wyoming
    Advisor:  Dr. Hannah Jang-Condell
  • BLAKE OSBORN
    The Legacy of Pleistocene Glaciation on Soil Conditions and Productivity of a Rocky Mountain Conifer Forest
    MS Candidate, Department of Ecosystem Science & Management, University of Wyoming
    Advisor:  Dr. David Williams
  • ROBY VELEZ
    Developing More Autonomous Space Exploration Robots via Modualar Learning
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Computer Science, University of Wyoming
    Advisor:  Dr. Jeff Clune

2013

  • TYLER BROWN
    Igneous rock fabrics, magma system dynamics, and ocean crustal genesis
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Geology & Geophysics, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Michael Cheadle
  • PAIGE COPENHAVER
    The influence of competitive interactions on future distribution of Rocky mountain conifers under novel climate conditions
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Botany, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Dan Tinker
  • ANNE-MARIE HODGE
    Projecting Effects of Climate Change on Mesopredator Release in Rangeland Ecosystems
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Zoology & Physiology, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Jacob Goheen
  • CLAIRE LUKENS
    Spatial variation in the grain size and flux of sediment produced in steep mountain catchments
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Geology & Geophysics, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Cliff Riebe
  • OLIVIA NATER
    Pollination under threat: How will climate change and neonicotinoid insecticides affect bee-plant mutualisms?
    MS Candidate, Department of Zoology & Physiology, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Michael Dillon

2012

  • JORDEN HAYES
    Water storage and weathering in the southern Sierra critical zone from seismic waveform tomography
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Geology & Geophyics, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. W. Steven Holbrook
  • CRAIG HOSSFELD
    Robust Sub-Millimeter Pillar Arrays for Dry Adhesion Applications
    MS Candidate, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Carl Frick
  • ALLISON LOUTHAN
    The relative importance of abiotic and biotic factors in setting species’ range limits
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Zoology & Physiology, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Daniel Doak
  • JEREMIAH MARSICEK
    Examining past abrupt climate changes: a long-term context for understanding current and future climate trends
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Geology & Geophysics, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Bryan Shuman
  • DAVID REED
    Implementing Bayesian Approaches to Incorporate Canopy Gaps in Models of Carbon and Water Cycling
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Botany, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Brent Ewers
  • SHAWN STAUDAHER
    The Mystery of Galaxy Outer Disk Formation
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Wyoming
    Advisor:  Dr. Daniel Dale

2011

  • JACOB CARNES
    The magmatic history of the Dufek large Mafic Intrusion, Antarctica
    MS Candidate, Department of Geology & Geophysics, University of Wyoming
    Advisor:  Dr. Michael Cheadle
  • REILLY DIBNER
    Do biologically generated spatial patterns promote ecosystem stability and augment resilience to disturbance?
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Zoology & Physiology, University of Wyoming
    Advisor:  Dr. Daniel Doak
  • BRADY FOREMAN
    Fluvial Response To The Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Geology & Geophysics, University of Wyoming
    Advisor:  Dr. Paul Heller
  • JESSIE RUNNOE
    Exploring the Next Generation of Quasar Spectral Engergy Distributions
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Wyoming
    Advisor:  Dr. Michael Brotherton

2010

  • DAVID COOK
    Comparison of Star Cluster Ages with Star Formation Histories in Nearby Dwarf Galaxies
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Wyoming
    Advisor:  Dr. Daniel Dale
  • KERRY CUTLER
    The Distribution and Contributions to Ecosystem Structure of Biological Soil Crusts in the Sagebrush Steppe Ecosystem: Implications for Carbon Budgets and Impacts of Human Activities
    MS Candidate, Department of Zoology & Physiology, University of Wyoming
    Advisor:  Dr. Dan Doak
  • LEVI LOWDER
    Domesticating Algae:  Engineering Auto-flocculation in Chlamydomonas reinartdtii
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Wyoming
    Advisor:  Dr. Stephen Herbert
  • MICHAEL LUNDQUIST
    Spectroscopic Study of the Early Evolution of Classic Novae
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Wyoming
    Advisor:  Dr. Henry Kolbulnicky   
  • TRENT MANKOWSKI
    Building Wyoming’s Capacity for Secondary School Space Science Instruction
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Education/SMTC, University of Wyoming
    Advisor:  Dr. Tim Slater   
  • LYNN MOORE
    Phenology as an Integrator of Climate Change in the Shortgrass Steppe
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Botany/Ecology, University of Wyoming
    Advisor:  Dr. William Lauenroth
  • VIRGINIA SCHMIT
    Development of Sepctroscopically Bright Gold Nanoparticle Reporters to Detect Life Precursors
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Chemistry, University of Wyoming
    Advisor:  Dr. Keith Carron
  • NICOLE SCHOOLMEESTERS
    Cooling history of the Atlantis Massif and Kane Oceanic Core Complex at the slow-spreading Mid-Atlantic Ridge
    MS Candidate, Department of Geology/Geophysics, University of Wyoming
    Advisor:  Dr. Michael Cheadle

 

2009

  • Michael Alexander
    Do massive stars trigger new waves of star formation?
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Physics & Astronomy, UW
    Advisor: Dr. Henry Kobulnicky
  • Thomas Andretta
    New insights into orographic precipitation in the western United States using new-generation multichannel passive and active microwave satellites
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Atmospheric Science, UW
    Advisor: Dr. Bart Geerts
  • Michael DiPompeo
    Radio astronomy and polarized light: the keys to unlocking the orientation of high velocity outflows in quasars
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Physics & Astronomy, UW
    Advisor: Dr. Michael Brotherton
  • Sharon Kettwich
    Laboratory based infrared spectroscopic measurements of solid hydrogen to determine astronomical relevance
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Chemistry, UW
    Advisor: Dr. David Anderson
  • Trent Mankowski
    Building Wyoming’s Capacity for Secondary School Space Science Instruction
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Education/SMTC, UW
    Advisor:  Dr. Tim Slater
  • John Whiteman
    Insights into space medicine from polar bears and insights into global climate change from the Arctic
    Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Zoology & Physiology, UW
    Advisor: Dr. Hank Harlow

2008

  • Daniel Kiminki
    Massive Binary Stars as a Probe of Massive Star Formation
    Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, Univ. of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Henry Kobulnicky
  • Benjamin Koch
    Improving predictions of carbon cycling in ecosystems: Quantifying non-consumptive interactions
    Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Zoology & Physiology, Univ. of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Robert Hall
  • Jake Marson
    Re-evaluation of the N.W. corner of the Storegga Slide headwall through interpretation of seismic data
    MS Candidate, Dept. of Geology & Geophysics, Univ. of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. W. Steven Holbrook
  • Stephanie Peek
    Evaluating the impact of climate change on nutrient cycling across the Eocene-Oligocene Boundary.
    Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Geology & Geophysics, Univ. of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Mark Clementz
  • Paul Ridel
    Ceria-supported Metal Catalysts for Water-gas Shift Reaction in Fuel Cell Applications
    (Funded through a Faculty Research Grant)
    Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Chemistry, Univ. of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Jing Zhou
  • Matthew Salava
    Using spatial decision support systems to integrate visual and environmental consideration for visual resource management
    MS Candidate, Dept. of Geography, Univ. of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Steven Prager

2007

  • Julia Angstmann
    Using Landsat ETM+ to Separate and Quantify the Influence of Well- and Poorly-Drained Soils on Water Cycles of Boreal Ecosystems
    Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Botany, Univ. of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Brent Ewers
  • Elizabeth Hajek
    Avulsion clusters in ancient and experimental alluvial basins
    Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Geology and Geophysics, Univ. of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Paul Heller
  • Daniel Jones
    An analysis of the importance of arc accretion to the Paleoproterozoic growth of the northern Colorado province
    Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Geology and Geophysics, Univ. of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Arthur Snoke
  • Carolynn Moore
    Calibration of Star Formation Rate Indicators Spanning the Latter Half of the Age of the Universe
    Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, Univ. of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Daniel Dale
  • Ryan Morgan
    Volcanic Activity on Io: A Study of Volatile Effects on Thermal Processes and Spectral Properties
    MS Candidate, Dept. of Geology and Geophysics, Univ. of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Robert Howell
  • James Zier
    Modeling the effects of climate change on amphibian breeding habitat in a kettle pond ecosystem, Bighorn Mountains, Wyoming
    Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Botany, Univ. of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Stephen Jackson

2006

  • Kay Achenbach
    Mantle Flow Beneath Mid-Ocean Ridges
    Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Geol./Geophys., Univ. of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Michael J. Cheadle
  • Eric Anderson
    Integrating satellite-monitored movements, remote sensing of habitat, and surface-based observations to assess impacts of changes in coastal regions on declining sea ducks.
    Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Zoology/Physiology, Univ. of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. James Lovvorn
  • Katie Greller
    Mechanisms of nitrogen conservation in a small mammal hibernator during periods of protein scarcity and hibernation
    M.S. Candidate, Dept. of Zoology/Physiology, Univ. of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Henry Harlow
  • Christopher Rodgers
    Star Formation Histories of Milky Way Dwarf Spheroidal Galaxies using the Red Giant Branch
    Ph.D. Candidate, Physics & Astronomy, Univ. of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Ron Canterna
  • Karl Taboga
    Structural Controls on Recharge Distribution in a Mountain Front Aquifer
    M.S. Candidate, Geology & Geophysics, Univ. of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Carrick Eggleston
  • Melissa Thompson
    Quantifying Effects of Spatial Variability on Scaling Vegetation Cover from Plots to Regions in a Sagebrush Ecosystem
    M.S. Candidate, Dept. of Botany, Univ. of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Brent Ewers
  • Elizabeth Wilson
    Scales of Seafloor Roughness and Their Effects on Ocean Mixing Using Seismic Oceanography.
    M.S. Candidate, Dept. of Geol./Geophys., Univ. of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. W. Steven Holbrook

2005

  • Tracey Baldyga
    Estimating the effects of land cover misclassification derived from remotely sensed imagery on distributed hydrologic models
    Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Renewable Resources, Univ. of Wyoming.
    Advisors: Dr. Scott Miller
  • Meagan Bayless
    Biomass and carbon flux assessment and modeling for a chronosequence of an Artemisia tridentate (mountain big sagebrush) ecosystem in Wyoming
    Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Botany, Univ. of Wyoming.
    Advisors: Drs. Brent Ewers and Elise Pendall
  • Hannah Griscom
    Land cover and hydrolic assessment of the Upper Luvuvhu & Shingwedzi Watersheds, South Africa: Steps towards integrated catchment management
    M.S. Candidate, Dept. of Renewable Resources, Univ. of Wyoming.
    Advisors: Dr. Scott Miller
  • Josef Pohl
    Formalizing & Reasoning about trees, graphs, and purely functional data structures
    Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Computer Science, Univ. of Wyoming.
    Advisors: Dr. James Caldwell

2004

  • Jonathon Adelman
    Quantifying Spatial Variability in Forest Function Along Environmental Gradients: Coupling Large and Small Scales Using Remote Sensing and Geostatistics
    M.S. Candidate, Dept. of Botany, Univ. of Wyoming.
    Advisors: Dr. Brent Ewers
  • Joshua Schwartz
    Crystal Evolution at Slow-Spreading Mid-Ocean Ridges, Atlantis Bank, Southwest Indian Ridge
    Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Geology & Geophysics, Univ. of Wyoming.
    Advisors: Dr. Barbara John
  • Brian Uzpen
    Spitzer Space Telescope Search for Circumstellar Disks Around Main-Sequence Stars
    Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, Univ. of Wyoming.
    Advisors: Dr. Chip Kobulnicky

2003

  • Christopher Borman
    Biogeochemical Cycling of Iron and Manganese in Thermocide Aquatic Environments; A Link to the Prehistory of Microbial Evolution
    Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Wyoming.
    Advisors: Dr. Patrick Sullivan, Dr. Patricia Colberg
    The existence of geochemical cycles is intimately wedded to the origin of life. Elemental speciation in a pure geochemical sense has provided the raw materials for the prebiotic structures necessary for the evolution of life. Key elements are the first row transition metals, most of which have been incorporated into the active sites of modern enzymes. This work will address two broad questions – what geochemical principles of elemental cycling affect microbial metabolism? And in turn- what aspects of microbial metabolism affects elemental cycling? These are crucial in the understanding of the conditions of the evolution of life on earth and potentially in the solar system, especially on Mars where sunlight, Iron and oxygen compounds are readily available. The goal of the work is to develop a model of energy and element flow that links the dominant species in an early environment.
  • Susan Frost
    Decomposition of Images by Smoothness
    Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Mathematics, University of Wyoming.
    Advisor: Dr. Farad Jafari
    There are many areas of science and engineering where the useful information in signals/images is precisely that which is identified by the edges. Some examples of signals/images where detection of edges and their properties is the main task include: satellite ELF imagery of the Earth, interferometer images of wings in wind-tunnel experiments, ultrasound images of the fetus in medical imaging, X-ray images in mammography, and continuous models of time series associated with the stock market. Currently, application-specific filters, such as ramp filters, are used to analyze these images and interpolative methods are employed to quantify the edges. The goal of this study is to develop a novel method to study piecewise continuous signals/images to quantify the edge density and size in these images.
  • Laura Hudson
    Dendroclimatic reconstruction and stable isotope analysis using limber pine (Pinus flexilis): a pilot study to assess drought within the North Platte watershed of Wyoming
    Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Botany, University of Wyoming.
    Advisor: Dr. Elise Pendall
    Global warming affects regional soil moisture availability, which ultimately affects range productivity and sustainability of livelihood in many areas of the world. The inherent scarcity of water in semi-arid regions can be exacerbated by frequent and persistent drought. Trying to project future climate change such as drought requires a glimpse into the past to look at long-term variability in precipitation. The need to reconstruct these drought patterns is particularly acute when considering the potential for continued global warming resulting in increased aridity. My project goals for this study are to develop a baseline record of drought using dendroclimatic reconstruction and stable carbon isotopic analysis on limber pine (Pinus flexilis) with the North Platte watershed. Using limber pine tree rings, I will produce a new master dendrochronology to assess drought patterns and produce a detailed analysis of the temporal and spatial variability of precipitation using stable carbon isotopes.
  • Daniel Kiminki
    Uncovering Massive Close Binary Populations
    M.S. Candidate, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, University of Wyoming.
    Advisor: Dr. Henry Kobulnicky
    Gamma Ray Bursts (GRBs) are the most energetic phenomenon in the universe and the subject of upcoming major NASA satellite programs. A leading theory in Gamma Ray Burst research is that these bursts are generated through the accretion of a lower mass star by a black hole or neutron star. Such a scenario can occur after the primary star in a massive binary system evolves into a neutron star or black hole. This project will measure the binary properties of many massive stars in search of massive close binaries, which are thought to be the progenitors of GRBs. Since the origin of GRBs is not well known, this project will produce a catalog detailing the frequencies and mass ratios of massive close binaries that will assist the theoretical GRB research.
  • Elena Miranda
    Structural Evolution of Gabbroic Rocks, Atlantis Bank, Southwest Indian Ridge
    Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Geology, University of Wyoming.
    Advisor: Dr. Barbara John
    Atlantis Bank, a paleo-inside-corner high, is a topographically anomalous, dome-shaped, faulted feature formed initially at the intersection of the ultraslow-spreading Southwest Indian Ridge (SWIR) and the Atlantis II Transform. I hypothesize that the oceanic detachment fault system of Atlantis Band initiated as s distributed ductile shear zone that, with time and increased displacement, localized into a discrete brittle fault surface. My objectives are to (1) interpret fabric development associated with the formation of an oceanic detachment fault system to infer a temperature-time history of the footwall rocks, and (2) interpret the process of strain localization to determine if fluid infiltration, grain size reduction, mineralogy and/or strain rate are the dominant deformation mechanisms.

2002

  • Joseph Bump
    Small-scale Dynamics of Sea Ice in the Bering Sea: A Remote Sensing and Numerical Model Investigation
    M.S. Candidate, Dept. of Zoology and Physiology, University of Wyoming.
    Advisor: Dr. James Lovvorn
  • Clark Cotton
    Influence of Hibernation Opiates on Muscle Atrophy
    M.S. Candidate, Dept. of Zoology and Physiology, University of Wyoming.
    Advisor: Dr. Hank Harlow
  • Timothy Trudel
    Description and Dynamical interpretation of Radar Fine-lines in the Pre-convective Continental Boundary Layer
    M.S. Candidate, Dept. of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Wyoming.
    Advisor: Dr. Bart Geerts

2001

  • Ian Fairweather
    Erosion and Uplift of the Himalaya: A Remote Sensing and Numerical Model Investigation
    M.S. Candidate, Dept. of Geology and Geophysics, University of Wyoming.
    Advisor: Dr. Neil Humphrey
    Current theories of mountain building processes suggest that crystal isostatic adjustments may cause peak elevations to rise as erosion removes mass from a mountain range, a theory currently being tested in the Annapurna region of the Himalayan Range. This project will investigate the role of glaciers in the region’s erosion by using SPOT satellite imagery and by modeling erosion by glaciers in the Annapurna range. This well help determine the role that glacial erosion plays in the building of mountain belts and if there is an upper limit to the height of mountains.
  • Carol Fluckiger-Smedley
    Acquisition of Genes for Low Temperature Photosynthesis
    M.S. Candidate, Dept. of Botany, University of Wyoming. Advisor: Dr. Steve Herbert
    Psychrophilic algae are capable of photosynthetic growth at temperature below 5°C. Research will acquire and study genes that are necessary for carbon assimilation, which is known to be compromised at low temperatures in many cold-sensitive plants. This research could eventually result in the genetic alteration of agricultural crops so they can continue to photosynthesize at low temperatures, reducing the loss of crops to cold and frost.
  • Mark Huber
    Studying Variability in Intrinsically Faint Sources in the Faint Sky Variability Survey: Very Low-Mass Dwarfs at the Substellar Boundary and a Missing Population of Faint Cataclysmic Variables
    Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, University of Wyoming.
    Advisor: Dr. Steve Howell, Planetary Science Institute, Tucson, AZ (formerly at UW)
    The project will study very low-mass dwarfs (VLMDs) and faint cataclysmic variable (CV) systems using the Faint Sky Variability Survey (FSVS) and data from other surveys. Using both spectroscopic and photometric follow-up observations, specific identifications will be made and key stellar parameters, such as color, variability, and distribution of intrinsically faint sources, will be measured, including the mechanisms for variability. The study of variability on VLMDs is of key importance to future NASA missions including highly precise interferometry and the search for extra-solar planets.
  • Creighton Litton
    Carbon Cycling in Developing and Mature Post-fire Coniferous Forest Ecosystems
    Ph. D. Candidate, Dept. of Botany, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Dennis Knight
    This project will study the post-fire subalpine forest ecosystems in Yellowstone National Park to address the effects of natural disturbance, and the resulting variation in ecosystem structure, on carbon fluxes and storage in post-fire coniferous ecosystems. This will be the first study of the consequences of variability in community composition on above-and belowground carbon allocation in large wildland landscapes.

2000

  • John Gillham
    Predicting Susceptibility of Rangelands to Invasion by Exotic Weed Species using GIS
    Department of Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Ann Hild
  • Mark Huber
    A Continued Search for Faint Cataclysmic Variables and Further Study of Variability in Very Low-Mass Objects in the Faint Star Variability Survey
    Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Steve Howell
  • Amy Parker-Williams
    Using Several Scales of Remotely Sensed Data to Map and Monitor Leafy Spurge (Euphorbia esula L.), an Exotic Invasive Weed
    Department of Botany, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Jane Beiswenger
  • Angelice Varca
    Wyoming Teacher Survey on Use of NASA Materials in the Classroom
    Natural Sciences Program, College of Education, University of Wyoming

1999

  • Garrace DeGroot
    A Comparative Evaluation of Security Mechanisms for Collaborative Science Environments
    Department of Computer Science, University of Wyoming.
    Advisor: Dr. Rex Gantenbein
  • Mark Huber
    Investigations of Faint Cataclysmic Variables and Brown Dwarfs in the Faint Star Variability Survey
    Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Wyoming. Advisor: Dr. Steve Howell

1998

  • Michael Bray
    Development of Physiological Data Collection Systems for Understanding the Apparent Lack of Muscle Atrophy in Overwintering Black Bears

    Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. J. Cupal
  • Pamela Reid
    Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Joseph Stepans
  • Jerome Winslow
    Development of a Global Grassland Phenology Model Using Separate Climate Components Linked to a Hydrologic Budget
    Department of Botany, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Ray Hunt

1997

  • Jennifer Cash
    Computer Modeling of Emission Processes in the Accretion Streams of Magnetic Cataclysmic Variable Stars
    Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Steve Howell
  • Casi Ergish
    Photolytic Chemistry of Martian Soils: Understanding Oxygen Evolution in the Mars Lander Soil Probes
    Department of Chemistry, University of Wyoming.
    Advisor: Dr. D. S. Bohle
  • Walter Fertig, Jr.
    Gap Analysis of Plants in Wyoming
    Department of Botany, University of Wyoming.
    Advisor: Dr. William Reiners
  • Matthew Germino
    The Influence of Radiation Cooling and High Insolation on Plant Productivity & Reproduction: Implications for Climate and Land
    Department of Botany, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. W. Smith
  • William Huffman
    Trace Gas Uptake by Vapor Depositing Ice
    Department of Chemistry, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Snider
  • Thomas Kalakay
    Large Scale Magmatism & Crustal Deformation on Terrestrial Planets: A Comparison of the Pioneer Batholith of Montana with Large Coronae Structures on Venus
    Department of Geology & Geophysics, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Barbara John
  • Jeffrey Sudol
    Mid-Infrared Imaging of Circumstellar Dust of Mira Variable Stars
    Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. H. M. Dyck
  • Robert Thompson
    The Possible Departure from Spherical Symmetry of Highly Evolved Giant Stars
    Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. H. M. Dyck
  • Kevin Day
    Identification of Geologically Significant Cretaceous Meteorite Impact Sites using Microtektites (Spherules) deposited in the Cretaceous Niobrara Formation in the Western Interior of the U.S.
    Dept. of Geology & Geophysics, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Peter Huntoon

1996

  • Russell Ashenden
    Turboprop Aircraft Performance Response to Various Environmental Conditions
    Department of Atmospheric Science, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. J. Marwitz
  • Michael Bruch
    Nano-radian to Milli-radian Pointing aboard the Space Shuttle
    Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Jerry Hamann
  • David Ciardi
    A Multi-wavelength Observational Study of Two Nearby Globular Filaments
    Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Charles Woodward
  • Calli B. J. Daume
    Comparison of Field and Satellite Spectra for Southeastern Wyoming Rangeland Soils
    Department of Geology & Geophysics, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. L. Munn
  • Thomas James
    Implementing Remote Data Acquisition & Stimulus Control Systems
    Department of Computer Science, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. J. Cowles
  • Lane Middleton
    Energy Balance Analysis for Estimation of Melt Water Runoff from Ptarmigan Glacier in the Alaska Coast Range
    Department of Geography & Recreation, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. R. Marston
  • John O’Brien
    Mutually Orthogonal Hexapod
    Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. John McInroy
  • Gerard Van Belle
    A Continued Interferometric Investigation into the Multiplicity of Young Stellar Objects

    Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. H. M. Dyck
  • Alecia Wawrzynski
    Utilization of Remote Imagery and Field Spectra for the Detection and Monitoring of Mining Sites
    Department of Geology & Geophysics, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Ray Hunt
  • Kevin White
    Fundamental Studies of the Chemistry of Quadricyclane, a High Energy Fuel Additive
    Department of Chemistry, University of Wyoming
    Advisor: Dr. Daniel Buttry