Work

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FIELDWORK
2019, planned:
Australian Agouron cores at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC (March) – funded by GSA 2018
Green River Basin paleosols, as part of collaborative GREECO project (June) – NSF
Laterally-extensive Cenozoic paleosols for paleosol geochemical heterogeneity study (June) – funded by Turner Award (Gold Star)
Biological soil crusts in Utah (June)

2018:
Modern soils in Iceland (August);
Precambrian FAR-DEEP cores in Trondheim, Norway (May);
2017:
SW Wyoming – Early Eocene and Cretaceous paleosols;
SE Utah – biological soil crusts and Triassic paleosols;
India – Cretaceous paleosols between flows of the Deccan traps

PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS
Quantifying changes in terrestrial iron and phosphorus: Preliminary results. [Abstract] Dzombak & Sheldon (2018). Michigan Geophysical Union Annual Conference 2018. Poster.

Wet, stable climate in India across the K-Pg. [Abstract] Dzombak et al. (2017). GSA Annual Meeting 2017. Oral presentation.

Iron in soils as a precipitation proxy. [Abstract] Dzombak & Sheldon (2016). AGU Fall Meeting 2016. Poster.

GRANTS & AWARDS
Total research funds raised: $15,940

January 2019 – Turner Award (Gold Star), supporting research on paleosol geochemical heterogeneity and implications for paleoclimate models and taphonomic bias. In top four applicants (Gold Star). $2250.
April 2018
 – GSA Graduate Student Research Grant (Charles A. & June R.P. Ross Research Fund), supporting sampling Precambrian paleosols from the FAR-DEEP cores. $3250.
April 2018Turner Award, supporting Precambrian paleosol sampling at the American Museum of Natural History. $2000
November 2017 – Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant, supporting research on iron in modern soils. $1500
June 2017 – American Philosophical Society Lewis & Clark Fund for Astrobiology Grant (NASA Astrobiology), supporting research on modern soils and biological soil crusts in Iceland. $3650
April 2017 – Turner Award, supporting Utah fieldwork (biological soil crusts and Triassic paleosols) $1800
April 2017 – GSA Graduate Student Research Grant, supporting Wyoming paleosol sampling for iron in soils work $1400
2016-2017 – Departmental fellowship, three semesters of tuition + stipend funding

TEACHING & MENTORING
2016-2018: Mentored undergraduate students as part of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) at Michigan. Taught lab, fieldwork, and research skills; advised on posters and presenting.

Summer 2019: EARTH440
Fall 2018:
EARTH442
Fall 2017
: EARTH442, soil chemistry and biology, with field trips and lab components.
Summer 2017: EARTH440, a four-week field mapping course in Jackson, WY.

SERVICE & OUTREACH
I have two service goals: to ensure that women in STEM/academia are supported, and to contribute to larger efforts to increase effective science communication and science literacy among the public. My efforts to address these goals include one-on-one mentoring of undergraduate women in our lab, activity as both a board member and member in the Michigan chapter of the Association for Women in Science, and serving as a GeoClub officer – among other volunteering opportunities.

2019: Chair, Michigan Geophysical Union Annual Conference planning committee.
2016-18
: Director of Communications and Science Communication (2018-2019); Member & mentoring circle leader: Association of Women in ScienceHandle all communications for AWIS (social media and web); expanding role to include science communication support for members, including workshops and opportunities to practice and share written and oral/visual communications. Working to increase undergraduate support and engagement.
2014-18: Director of Outreach & Communications, (2018-2019); member: GeoClub (departmental geology club for undergrad and graduate students). Social and outreach events for the department; improving department culture.
2018-19: Participating in Letters to a Pre-Scientist, which connects scientists with middle school children interested in science (a pen pal program).
Jan. 2017: Served on a panel visiting a local high school environmental science club, discussing how to get into research in college.
2017-18: Assisting in the design of a museum display on soils and the environment.