Cameron de Wet (Ph.D. Student)
B.S. Bowdoin College
I graduated from Bowdoin College in Maine with a double-major in Classics and Earth & Oceanographic Science in May 2017 and am now a first year PhD student. I'm interested in using speleothem isotope geochemistry to study paleoclimatology, with a specific focus on precipitation dynamics over the course of the Holocene. My current research focuses on isotope cycling in modern cave systems and on reconstructing rainfall patterns in California over the 8.2 kyr climate event.
Vanderbilt Class of 2018
I am currently an undergraduate, studying Chemical Engineering with a concentration in Environmental Engineering and minors in Chemistry and French. My current research interests are cross-disciplinary; I recently completed field work with Dr. Tiffiny Tung, under the advisement of Dr. Jessica Oster, analyzing stable isotopes in local water sources in order to draw conclusions regarding ancient populations in the Americas.
*Theresa received an award for her poster presentation at the Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Fair in 2015.
*published in Geophysical Research Letters
Elli Ronay (Ph.D. student)
B.S. Rice University
M.S. Vanderbilt University
NSF Graduate Research Fellow
I study modern speleothems from northeastern India to calibrate multiple isotopic and trace element paleorainfall proxies, ultimately to understand past and future Indian Summer Monsoon variability in the rainiest place on Earth. I'm interested in nontraditional isotope proxies as well as investigating spatial influence and seasonal bias in speleothem proxy behavior.
read Elli Ronay’s paper in Scientific Reports: Sensitivity of speleothem records in the Indian Summer Monsoon region to dry season infiltration
2017 School for Science and Math sophomores
During spring and summer 2017, a group of four high school sophomores from the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt participated in a research project with Dr. Oster at Blue Spring Cave. With assistance from Izzy Weisman, Elli Ronay, and Dr. Oster, they investigated how rainfall, drip rate, and elemental concentrations in drip water varied throughout one room of the cave.
Nick Hermann M.S. 2016
Spatial Patterns and Driving Mechanisms of Mid-Holocene Hydroclimate in Western North America*
*published in Journal of Quaternary Science
Izzy Weisman M.S. 2017
Oxygen and carbon isotope variations in precipitation and speleothem calcite from a northern California cave: Implications for paleoclimate reconstructions during the Late Pleistocene
Izzy Weisman will begin a graduate fellowship with the National Nuclear Security Administration in 2018.