Current Graduate Students

Mariah Romero, PhD Student

Email: Mariahc.romero@gmail.comRomero2

2018-M.S. Geology, Purdue University

2015-B.S. Geosciences, University of Arizona

Mariah is a fourth year PhD student. She is interested in evaluating and comparing the early sedimentary record of ancient and modern forearc basins from various orogenic regions on multiple continents. Her current research focuses on the initiation and development of the Mesozoic San Joaquin sedimentary basin in central California. To better understand the onset of deposition and provenance of the basal stratigraphy of the San Joaquin basin, she is using a combination of sedimentary basin analysis, detrital zircon U-Pb geochronology, apatite fission track (AFT) and apatite/zircon (U-Th)/He thermochronology, geochemistry, and traditional field work.

Christopher Baird, MS Student 


2020 – B.S. Geology, University of WashingtonScreen Shot 2020-08-28 at 1.41.10 PM

Chris is a second-year masters student interested in studying deep-time geochronology, geochemistry and the interaction between tectonics and sedimentary processes. Chris graduated from UW-Seattle, where he conducted undergraduate research focusing on understanding the uplift history of Cretaceous strata in southwest Montana. His MS research focuses on the facies, stratigraphic architecture and provenance of the Mesoproterozoic LaHood conglomerate in southwest Montana. Chris had a successful Summer 2021 field season. Stay tuned for more details and future publications!

Spencer Dixon, MS Student 


2021 – B.S. Geology, University of Kentucky

Spencer is a first-year MS student working on the provenance history of the Bengal Fan using zircon (U-Th)/He thermochronology (more details forthcoming).

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Current Undergraduate Students: Various projects in southwest Montana and California

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PhD or MS Committee Member:

Bryce Neal (MS expected 2022)

Natali Kragh (MS expected 2022)

Aislin Reynolds (PhD Candidate)

Bibek Giri (PhD Candidate)

William Burke (MS, 2021)

Caden Howlett (MS, 2020)

Christopher Schiller (PhD, 2020)

William Freimuth (MS, 2020)

Gourab Bhattacharya (PhD, 2020, University of Alabama)

Audrey Warren (PhD, UNLV)

Former Students 

Chance Ronemus (MSU BS 2019; MSU MS 2021; Now a PhD student at University of Arizona)

Sophie Black (MSU, BS, 2021; Now a MS student at Indiana University)

Saré Campbell (MSU, B.S., 2021)

Shawn Reddington (MSU, B.S. 2020)

Misia Zilinsky (MSU, B.S. 2020; Top Senior Award; now at Black Butte Copper, White Sulphur Springs, Montana)

Chris Kussmaul (MSU, B.S. 201) Now employed at Winston Gold Corporation, Winston, Montana

Johnny Murphy (MSU, B.S., 2019) Now a MS student at Washington State University

Sarah Massar (MSU, B.S. 2018) Now a “Geoscientist in the Park” at John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

Matthew Yaeger (MSU, B.S. 2018)

John Cook (MSU, B.S. Expected Spring 2020)