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Elizabeth Erickson ('11) and Chelsea Korpanty ('11)


Liz is examining the variety of organisms that live on and in coral skeletons to understand the environmental regime under which coral reefs flourished in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles during Late Pleistocene time.

Present position: Somewhere in S. America.


Chelsea is using fossil coral reef assemblages to determine whether efforts to conserve the modern reefs adjacent to Curacao have thus far been effective.

Present position: M.S. student, Marine Science, University of North Carolina, Wilmington

Kelsey Feser ('10) and Kristyn Rodzinyak ('10)


Kelsey examined the effects of anthropogenic disturbance on the structure of living and dead benthic molluscan communities in the Bahamas.

Present position: Ph.D. student, Paleontology, University of Cincinnati.


Kristyn developed a chronology of Late Pleistocene reef development in in Exmouth Gulf and Cape Cuvier, Western Australia

Present position: M.S. candidate, Geochemistry, McGill University, Canada

Dana Friend ('09) and Alyssa Borowske ('07)


Dana collaborated with students in the Dept. of Biology to determine whether the morphological characteristics of two species of fire coral are matched by genetic isolation.

Present position: Ph.D. student, Paleontology, Cornell University.



Alyssa produced a sustainability study for the Cornell College campus and operations.

Present position: Ph.D. candidate, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut.


Kris Rhodes ('08) and Megan Andresen ('06)


Kris compiled a database on preservation style and depositional environment for an important group of echinoids (sea urchins).

Present position: Ph. D. student, Paleontology, University of Michigan.



Megan traveled to the Houtman-Abrolhos Islands, Western Australia, during July 2005 to conduct a comparative analysis of the preservation of corals in modern and Pleistocene reef environments (Megan got some fishing in, too).

Present position: M. S. candidate, Marine Science, Florida Gulf Coast University.