Ashley Burkett

Indiana State University
Science Building 159
Terre Haute
Indiana 47809


Lab phone:(812)237-3736
Fax: (812) 237-8029
Email: aburkett3@indstate.edu ;ashleyburkett14@gmail.com

Education

  •      Ph.D. of Philosophy. Spatial and Earth Sciences. Indiana State University. Expected Graduation May 2014

  •            M.S. Earth and Quaternary Sciences. Indiana State University. Anticipated Graduation May 2011

  •          B.S. Geology and Environmental Science. Minor in Biology. Muskingum University 2008

 

Experience and Research Expeditions

 

§  Hull & Associates Inc.- Field observations and animal identifications of three wetland mitigation sites. Results were part of a report submitted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Ohio EPA.  2004.

§  Marine Ecology and Environmental Geology- Bahamas. Used my SCUBA certification to study hurricane impacts, participate in a Diadema ecology project, and GPS navigation technologies. 2006.

§  Keck Geology Consortium Internship- St. Croix, U.S.V.I. Multiple projects were performed on molluscs from core samples taken from a lagoonal system. 2007.

§  Geology Field Camp- New Mexico and Colorado. GPS navigation, digital mapping GSI project, and data analysis of sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks, structural analysis of folds and faults, slope stability analysis, and environmental assessments.

§  Rain Garden- Toledo, Oh. Low impact design for storm water management including the selection and installation of native wetland plant species. 2008.

§  Coastal Wetland Restoration- Marblehead, Ohio.  Volunteered with Hull & Associates Inc. completing a wetland restoration project on a coastal wetland on Bay Point in Marblehead, Ohio.  The restoration involved planting over 9,000 shrub species as a measure to prohibit the proliferation of Phragmites in the area. 2008.

§  Ground Water Well Monitoring- Wapakoneta, Oh. Volunteered with Hull & Associates Inc. collecting ground water samples from seventeen ground water wells within the Wapakoneta sanitary landfill using a bailer system. 2008.

·         40 hr HAZWOPER certified. 2008.

·         The University of San Diego Student Research Cruise, Chief Scientist: Dr. Sarah Gray (U. of San Diego), R/V Robert Gordon Sproul. August 2009.Prepared, deployed, and recovered CTD, muticorer, and plankton tow, preserved samples, and conducted water filtrations.

·         GEOFORM 2009. Research cruise off Baja, California. Chief Scientist: Jared Kleusner (Scripps Institution of Oceanography), R/V New Horizon. September 2009. Prepared, deployed, and recovered dredge. Prepared, cut, and packed rock samples. Exposed to 3.5 kHz profiles and SeaBeam software. www.geoform2009.com

·         AT 15-54. CROCKS II. Research cruise off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, Chief Scientist: Dr. Lisa Levin (Scripps Institution of Oceanography). R/V Atlantis.  January 2010. Prepared, deployed, and recovered CTD, and muticorer. Processed and preserved samples from the multicore and Alvin.

·         AT15-69 Hydrate Ridge. Research cruise off the Pacific cost of Oregon. Chief Scientist: Dr. Lisa Levin (Scripps Institution of Oceanography). R/V Atlantis. July 2011.Prepared, deployed, and recovered CTD, and muticorer. Processed and preserved samples from the multicore and Alvin. Participated as the starboard observer on an Alvin dive AD4632.www.isuatsea.blogspot.com

     SS2011_T01 Tasman Sea. Research cruise off the south eastern coast of Australia. Chief Scientist: Patrick DeDeckker (Australia National University). R/V Southern Surveyor. May 2011. Prepared, deployed, and recovered CTD, and multicore. Processed and preserved multicore samples.

 NH1108 San Diego. Research cruise off the coast of San Diego, CA. Chief Scientist: Anthony Rathburn (Indiana State University). R/V New Horizon. July 2011. Assisted in site selection and deployment and recovery operations. Prepared, deployed, and recovered CTD and multicore. Processed and preserved samples from multicore and CTD.

AT18-10 Hydrate Ridge II. Research cruise off the coast of Oregon. Chief Scientist: Lisa Levin (Scripps Institution of Oceaography). R/V Atlantis. August-September 2011. Documented progress of recovery of samples and areas surveyed by the ROV JASON. Also examined and preserved samples collected.

Awards and Scholarships

 

§  2nd place presenter in the James Bradford Colloquium, Muskingum College.  2008

§  Greg Rigger Dedication to Sport Award, Muskingum College. 2008

§  Keck Geology Consortium Internship Recipient. 2007.

§  Hodges Fund Recipient. Muskingum College. 2007.

§  Graduate Student Research Fund. Indiana State University. 2009.

§  Cushman Foundation Student Travel Award for Forams 2010.

Cushman Foundation for Foraminiferal Research. 2010.

 

Publications and Abstracts

 

·         Burkett, A.M. 2008. Taphonomy of mollusk species found in lagoonal cores of Smuggler’s Cove, USVI.21st Annual Keck . Symposium. 162-165.

·         Burkett, A. M., Rathburn, A.E, Perez, M.E., Levin, L.A., Rouse, G.W., Orphan, V.J., Martin, J.B., Wrightsman, B. 2010. Comparisons of vertical distribution patterns of benthic foraminifera at sites of active methane seepage and adjacent non-seep sites off Costa Rica. FORAMS 2010 International Symposium on Foraminifera Abstracts with Program. p.66.

 

Presentations

·         2008. James Bradford Colloquium, Muskingum University. Talk Title: Taphonomy of mollusk species found in lagoonal cores of Smuggler’s Cove, USVI

·         2009. Annual Spring Research Event. Indiana State University. Poster title: GEOFORM 2009.

·         2010. Forams 2010 International Symposium on Foraminifera. University ofBonn, Germany. Talk Title:Comparisons of vertical distribution patterns of benthic foraminifera at sites of active methane seepage and adjacent non-seep sites off Costa Rica.

 

Teaching Experience

 

·         ENVI 160 Lab: Introduction to Geology. 2009-2010.

·         ENVI 110 Lab: Introduction to Earth and Environmental Studies. 2010.

·         ENVI 270 Lab: Historical Geology. 2011.

 

Activities and Interests

 

§  Muskingum University Softball 2004-2008, Captain 2008.

§  Chi Alpha Nu Club of Muskingum University. Member 2004-2008. Rush Chair 2006-2008.

§  Tri Beta Member, Muskingum University Chapter. 2004-2008

§  PADI Certified Open Water SCUBA Diver. 2006-Present

§  Journal of Foraminiferal Research. Member 2010-Present.

§  Geological Society of America. Member 2011-Present.