Work

FIELDWORK

2018:
Modern soils in Iceland;
Precambrian FAR-DEEP cores in Trondheim, Norway;
Australian Agouron cores at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC;
and maybe a lab field trip to northern Michigan for some Precambrian sampling!

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: $13,720

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.

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.

OUTREACH & ORGS

2016-18: Director of Communications and Science Communication (2018-2019); Member & mentoring circle leader: Association of Women in Science.
2014-18: Director of Outreach, (2018-2019); member: GeoClub (departmental geology club for undergrad and graduate students).
2018: 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.