CV

Patricia A. Beddows

Assistant Chair
of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Northwestern 
University 

 

Telephone Number: 847-491-7460
Fax: 847-491-8060
Email: patricia@earth.northwestern.edu
Address: 2145 Sheridan Rd. Tech F374
Evanston, IL 60208-3130, USA

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PROFESSIONAL INTERESTS

  • Carbonate geology, karst, and caves:
    • Hydrogeology, geochemistry, geomorphology, and sedimentology
    • Paleoenvironmental records of sea level, climate change, and landscape evolution from sediments, speleothems, and fluid inclusions in speleothems
  • Applied research includes geoarcheology, water resource management, water born contaminant
  • Leadership in earth science education and program development
  • Problem-based-learning (PBL) and education beyond the classroom

EDUCATION

Post-Doctoroal Research Fellow, Geography & Earth Sciences, McMasters University, Canada

Graduate Research Fellow, Canadian Foundation for Climate & Atmospheric Science (CFCAS)

  • Project: Holocene Paleotemperature Records from Stable Isotopic Analysis of Speleothems and their Fluid Inclusions. Funded by the Canadian Foundation for Climate & Atmospheric Science (CFCAS).
2004-2008

Ph.D., School of Geological Sciences, University of Bristol, UK

Dissertation: Groundwater Hydrology of a Coastal Conduit Carbonate Aquifer: Caribbean Coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, México. 303 p.

1994-2004

M.Sc., Geography & Geology, McMaster University, Canada

Dissertation: Conduit Hydrogeology of a Tropical Coastal Carbonate Aquifer: Caribbean Coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, México. 96 p.

1996-1999
B.A. Geography & Geology, McMaster University, Canada 1991-1995

 

EMPLOYMENT – ACADEMIC

Assistant Chair and Assistant Professor of Instruction, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Northwestern University, USA 2014 – present
Assistant Chair and Lecturer, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Northwestern University, USA 2008 – 2014
Lecturer, Geography and Earth Sciences, McMaster University, Canada  2007-2008
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Geography & Earth Sciences, McMaster University, Canada 2004-2008

PRE-DOCTORAL AWARDS, HONORS, AND FELLOWSHIPS

2002 British Geomorphological Research Group, Student Opportunity Grant
2000-02 University of Bristol Geographical Contingency Fund (2 Awards)
2000-02 Alumni Foundation (2 Awards)
1999-02 Overseas Research Student Award (3 years), from “Universities UK”
1999-02 University Research Scholarship (3 years), University of Bristol
1999-02 Special Opportunity Grant, Federal Government of Canada. 3 awards
2001 Royal Society UK, Dudley Stamp Memorial Trust Award
2000 Ghar Parau Award, Science Research Fund, British Research Association,
1996-98 Graduate Student Scholarship, McMaster University
1997 Graduate Studies Travel Bursary, McMaster University

 

PUBLICATIONS – Peer Reviewed and Edited Chapters

* Student contributions

Citation Report H-Index = 8.  Indexed publications = 11. Average citations per item = 13.2

25. Chatters, J.D. Kennett, D.J., Asmerom, Y., Kemp, B.M., Polyak, V., Nava Blank, A., Beddows, P.A., Reinhardt, E., Arroyo-Cabrales, J., Bolnick, D.A., Malhi, R.S., Culleton, B., Luna Erreguerena, P., Rissolo, D., Morell-Hart, S., Stafford, T.W. (2014) Late Pleistocene human skeleton and mtDNA from Mexico links Paleoamericans and modern Native Americans. Science. 344(6185):750-754. DOI: 10.1126/science.1252619

24. *Torres-Talamante, O., Alcocer, J., Beddows, P.A., Escobar-Briones, E., Lugo, A. (2011) The key role of the chemolimnion in meromictic cenotes of the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. Hydrobiologia. 677(1): 107-127. DOI:10.1007/s10750-011-0746-9

23. Metcalfe, C., Beddows, P.A., Gold Bouchot, G., Metcalfe, T., Li, H., Van Lavieren, H. (2011) Contaminants in the coastal karst aquifer systems along the Caribbean coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. Environmental Pollution. 159(4):991-997. DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2010.11.031

RopeWorkinBC_crop250w22. Beddows, P.A. (2011) The hydrogeochemistry and geological context of the Pools of Cara Blanca, Belize, as a foundation for Holocene paleoenvironmental reconstruction; in Lucero, L. (ed) Valley of Peace Archeological Report 2010. 38 pp.

21. *van Hengstum, P.J., Reinhardt, E.G., Beddows, P.A., Gabriel, J. (2010) Linkages between Holocene paleoclimate and paleohydrogeology preserved in a Yucatan underwater cave. Quaternary Science Reviews 29(19-20): 2788-2798. doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2010.06.034

20. *van Hengstum, P.J., Reinhardt, E.G., Beddows, P.A., Schwarcz, H.P., Gabriel, J.J. (2009) Foraminifera and testate amoebae (thecamoebians) in an anchialine cave: Surface distributions from Aktun Ha (Carwash) cave system, Mexico. Limnology and Oceanography. 54:391-396. DOI: 10.4319/lo.2009.54.1.0391

19. *Gabriel, J.J., Reinhardt, E.G., Peros, M.C., Davidson, D.E., van Hengstum, P.J., Beddows, P.A. (2009) Palaeoenvironmental evolution of Cenote Aktun Ha (Carwash) on the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico and its response to Holocene sea level rise. Journal of Paleolimnology. 42(2):199-213. DOI:10.1007/ s10933-00809271-x

18. *van Hengstum, P.J., Reinhardt, E.G., Beddows, P.A., Huang, R.J., Gabriel, J.J. (2008) Thecamoebians (testate amoebae) and foraminifera from three anchialine cenotes in Mexico: Low salinity (1.5-4.5 psu) faunal transitions. Journal of Foraminiferal Research. 38(4):305-317. DOI: 10.2113/ gsjfr.38.4.305

17. *Zhang, R., Schwarcz, H.P., Ford, D.C., Serefiddin-Schroeder, F., Beddows, P.A. (2008) Absolute palaeotemperature record from 10 to 6 ka inferred from fluid inclusion D/H ratios of a stalagmite from Vancouver Island. British Columbia. Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta. 72(4): 1014-1026. DOI:10.1016/j.gca.2007.12.002

16. Ufnar, D., Gröcke, D.R., Beddows, P.A. (2008) Paleo-evaporation rates from positive linear covariant trends in pedogenic calcite. Chemical Geology. 256(1-2):46-51, 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2008.07.022.

15. Beddows, P.A., Brunton, F.R., Buck, M.J., Cowell, D.W. and Parker, S. (2008) Root Cave Project, southern Ontario; in Summary of Field Work and Other Activities 2008, Ontario Geological Survey, Open File Report 6226,p.35-1 to 35-9.

14. Beddows, P.A., Schwarcz, H.P., *Zhang, R., Ford, D.C. (2008) Cave drip monitoring as a foundation for better paleo-climate reconstruction. In W.R. Elliott (ed.), Proceedings of the 2007 National Cave and Karst Management Symposium, St. Louis, USA. 204-211.

13. Beddows, P.A., Hendrickson, M.R., Webster, K.H., Kras, S.M. (2008) Mapping flooded caves from above: Surface karst inventory of the Yucatan Peninsula. In W.R. Elliott (ed.), Proceedings of the 2007 National Cave and Karst Management Symposium, St. Louis, USA. 193-197.

12. Beddows, P.A., Hendrickson, M.R. (2008) When the survey is not enough: Using temperature, salinity, and in-conduit dye tracing to reveal active flow paths. In W.R. Elliott (ed.), Proceedings of the 2007 National Cave and Karst Management Symposium, St. Louis, USA. 198-203.

11. Beddows, P.A., Smart, P.L., Whitaker, F.F., Smith, S.L. (2007) Decoupled fresh-saline groundwater circulation of a coastal carbonate aquifer: Spatial patterns of temperature and specific electrical conductivity. Journal of Hydrology. 346(1-2): 18-32, doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2007.08.013.

10. Beddows, P.A. Blanchon, P., Escobar, E., Torres-Talamante, O. (2007) Los cenotes de la península de Yucatán. Arqueología Mexicana, 16(83):32-35 (In Spanish)

9. Smart, P.L., Beddows, P.A., Doerr, S., Smith, S.L., Whitaker, F.F. (2006) Cave development on the Caribbean coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Geological Society of America Special Paper 404: Perspectives on Karst Geomorphology, Hydrology, & Geochemistry, 105-128, doi:10.1130/2006. 2404(10).

8. Beddows, P.A. (2003) Yucatán Phreas, Mexico. In Gunn, J. (ed) Encyclopaedia of Cave and Karst Science, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, New York, USA. 794-796.

7. Beddows, P.A. (2003) Cave Hydrology of the Caribbean Yucatan Coast, Bulletin 11, Association of Mexican Cave Studies, Houston, USA. 96 pp.

6. Beddows, P.A., Smart, P.L., Whitaker, F.F. & Smith, S.L. (2002) Density stratified groundwater circulation on the Caribbean Coast of Yucatan peninsula, Mexico. In Martin, J.B., Wicks, C.M., & Sasowsky, I.D. (eds) Karst Waters Institute Special Publication 7: Hydrogeology and Biology of Post-Paleozoic Carbonate Aquifers, 129-134.

BringingBackRocks5. Smart, P.L., Beddows, P.A., Doerr, S., Smith, L.S. & Whitaker, F. (2002) Hydrochemical processes and cave development on the Caribbean Coast, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. In Martin, J.B., Wicks, C.M., & Sasowsky, I.D. (eds) Karst Waters Institute Special Publication 7: Hydrogeology and Biology of Post-Paleozoic Carbonate Aquifers, 79-83.

4. Smith, S.L., Whitaker, F.F., Parkes, R.J., Smart, P.L., Beddows, P.A. & Bottrell, S.H. (2002) Geochemistry and geomicrobiology of saline groundwaters: Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico. In Martin, J.B., Wicks, C.M., & Sasowsky, I.D. (eds) Karst Waters Institute Special Publication 7: Hydrogeology and Biology of Post-Paleozoic Carbonate Aquifers, 135-137.

3. Beddows, P.A. (2002) Where does the Sewage Go? The karst groundwater system of the Municipalidad de Solidaridad, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Association for Mexican Cave Studies Activities, 47-52.

2. Worthington, S.R.H., Ford, D.C. & Beddows, P.A. (2001) Characteristics of porosity and permeability enhancement in unconfined carbonate aquifers due to the development of dissolutional channel systems. Technical Documents in Hydrology – Present state and future trends of karst studies. IHP-V, UNESCO, Paris 1(49): 13-29.

1. Worthington, S., Ford, D.C. & Beddows, P.A. (2000) Porosity and permeability enhancement in unconfined carbonate aquifers as a result of solution. In Klimchouk, A. Ford, D., Palmer, A. & Dreybrodt, W.(eds) Speleogenesis: Evolution of Karst Aquifers, Cave Books, St Louis (ISBN 978-1-57958-399-6), 463-471.

 

Educational Publications

Beddows, P.A. (2010) Yucatán Underground. Canadian Caver 71.

Beddows, P.A. (2007) Counting cave drips -An Exercise of global significance. Canadian Caver 64, 8-13.

Beddows, P., Smart, P., Whitaker, F. & Smith, S. (2005) ¿A donde van las aguas residuales? El acuifero cárstico de la Municipalidad de Solidaridad, Quintana Roo, México: Where does the Sewage Go? The karst groundwater system of the Municipalidad de Solidaridad, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Revista de Medio Ambiente, Turismo y Sustentabilidad. 1(1) 121-128.

Beddows, P.A. (2004) Cave development in continental & coastal limestone regions. In Matthes, A., et al. (eds) IANTD Cave Diver Training Manual, IANTD, 90–96.

Beddows, P.A. (2003) An Introduction to the Yucatan Peninsula hydrogeology: A World class example of a coastal carbonate density stratified aquifer. In Cavern Guide Training Program, Asociación de Prestadores de Servícios Acuáticos (Riviera Maya Association of Dive & Watersports Operators – APSA) 45-54.

Beddows, P.A. (2003) Introduction to the hydrogeology of the Caribbean coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. In Ward, B. (ed) Salt Water Intrusion & Coastal Aquifer Conference (SWICA) Field Trip to the Caribbean Coast of the Yucatan Peninsula (April), 13-22.

 

 

PROFESSIONAL TALKS

Conference Contributions with Published Abstracts

* Student contributions

Jaijel, R., Goodman, B., Beddows, P.A., *Carter, A., Smith, D., Rissolo, D., Glover, J., Ben Avraham, Z.  (2014) Reconstructing the shoreline and climate of the ancient Maya port Vista Alegre using marine geoarchaeological methods. Society for Historical Archeology Program and Book of Abstracts. Quebec City, CDA. p. 52.

Nava Blank, A., Rissolo, D., Chatters, J.C., Luna Erreguerena, P., Bird, S., Beddows, P.A., Arroyo Cabrales, J., Morell-Hart, S. (2014) The Hoyo Negro Project: Recent investigations of a submerged Late Pleistocene cave site in Quintana Roo, Mexico. Society for Historical Archeology Program and Book of Abstracts. Quebec City, CDA. p. 52.

Rissolo, D., Jaijel, R., Glover, J.B., Goodman, B., Beddows, P., *Carter, A., Smith, D. (2013) Paleoenviron-mental and paleoecological reconstruction of the ancient Maya port site of Vista Alegre, Quintana Roo, Mexico. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Glover, J., Rissolo, D., Beddows, P.A., Goodman, B., Smith, D. (2013) Proyecto Costa Escondida: Interdisciplinary research at the ancient Maya port site of Vista Alegre, Quintana Roo, Mexico. AGU Meeting of the Americas, Cancun, MX. H41A-05

Beddows, P.A. (2013) Exploring the hydrogeology and hydrogeochemistry of the Holbox Lagoon. Abstracts of the Society of American Anthropologist 77th Annual Meeting, Memphis, TN. 77:47.

Goodman Tchernov, B., Hijel, R., Beddows, P.A., Rissolo, D., Glover, J. Coring for harbor sediments at Vista Alegre. Abstracts of the Society of American Anthropologist 77th Annual Meeting, Memphis, TN. 77:144.

*Monroy-Ríos, E., Beddows, P.A. (2012) Submarine groundwater discharge of phosphorus and iron from carbonate coastlines under rising sea levels, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. GSA Abstracts and Programs 44(7): 158

*Carter, A., Beddows, P.A. (2012) Holocene sea level and paleo-evaporation records from the maritime Maya port city of Vista Alegre, Yucatan Peninsula. GSA Charlotte Annual Meeting. Abstracts and Programs 44(7): 433.

Beddows, P.A., Metcalfe, C.D., Bouchot Gold, G., Metcalfe, T.L., Li, H., Van Lavieren, H. (2011) Tracing flow paths using contaminants in the coastal karst aquifer system along the Caribbean Coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. GSA Minneapolis Annual Meeting (9-12 October, 2011). Abstracts with Programs 43(5): 286.

Beddows, P.A. (2010) Effective placed-based field learning spanning sub-disciplines and undergraduate-graduate levels: Northwestern University Field Excursion to the karst geology of the Yucatan Peninsula. GSA Denver Annual Meeting (31 October –3 November 2010). Abstracts with Programs 42(5): 443.

Smart, P.L., Beddows, P.A., Whitaker, F.F. and Smith S.L. (2010) Regional groundwater circulation of the Caribbean Yucatan coastal aquifer: Results from temperature, specific electrical conductance, dye tracing and flow meter observations. Geological Society of London Meeting on Island and Coastal Hydrology, London, December 2010.

Reinhardt, E., *Gabriel, J., *Van Hengstum, P.J. and Beddows, P.A. (2010) Did groundwater stratification during drought provide potable groundwater in the Northern Yucatan Peninsula during the Maya Terminal and Post-Classic? GSA Denver Annual Meeting (31 October – 3 November 2010). Paper No. 93-6

CheckingtheGasMix_250wx431hBeddows, P.A. (2009) Primary and secondary stratifications as a control on mass and energy fluxes within the Yucatan Peninsula anchialine aquifer system. Proceedings of the Anchialine Ecosystems: Reflection and Prospects Symposium. Mallorca, Spain. *Van Hengstum, P.J., Reinhardt, E.G.,

Beddows, P.A., *Gabriel, J.J. (2009) Environmental reconstruction of a Mexican flooded cave system: Evidence for climate-forced changes to the local freshwater lens, Eos Transactions AGU, 90(22), Joint Assembly Supplement, Abstract PP74A-04

*Torres-Talamante, O., Escobar-Briones, E., Beddows, P.A., Yager, J. (2008) Performing multiprobe profiles and hydrographic description of the water column in an anchialine cave in Quintana Roo. In P. Brueggeman, N.W. Pollock (eds) Proceedings of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences 27th Symposium. San Diego, USA, archive.rubicon-foundation.org/8022. ISBN: 978-0-9800423-2-0

*Zhang, R., Schwarcz, H.P., Ford, D.C., Beddows, P.A. (2008) A paleotemperature record obtained from fluid inclusion D/H studies of three coeval aragonite and calcite speleothems from Marengo Cave, Indiana, USA. Climate Change – the Karst Record 5th International Conference, Chongqing, China.

Beddows, P.A., Ford, D.C., Schwarcz, H.P., *Zhang, R. (2008) Hydrochemical and isotopic variability of cave drip water along an elevation gradient and Holocene paleoenvironmental reconstruction, Vancouver Island, Canada. European Geophysical Union General Meeting, Vienna, Austria.

Ufnar, D., Gröcke, D.R., Beddows, P.A. (2007) Stable isotopes in pedogenic calcite: Can the positive linear covariant trends be used to quantify paleo-evaporation rates? American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, USA.

Beddows, P.A., *Zhang, R., Schwarcz, H.P., Ford, D.C. (2007) Cave drip waters associated with speleothem formation: Intra and inter-site comparison. Geological Society of America Abstracts. Denver, USA.

Ford, D.C., Beddows, P.A., *Zhang, R., Schwarcz, H.P. (2007) Holocene environmental change on Vancouver Island: The karst record. Geological Society of America Abstracts. Denver, USA.

*Zhang, R. Schwarcz, H.P., Ford, D.C., Beddows, P.A. (2007) Paleoclimate variations from 0 to 12.3 ka BP inferred from three coeval calcite and aragonite speleothems from Marengo Cave, Indiana, USA. Geological Society of America Abstracts. Denver, USA.

Beddows, P.A., Schwarcz, H.P., *Zhang, R., Ford, D.C. (2006) Integrated study of cave drip hydrology and hydrochemistry, and the associated paleoclimate records from North America. Karst Waters Institute Special Publication 10: Archives of Climate Change in Karst, 91-93

Beddows, P.A., *Zhang, R., Schwarcz, H.P., Ford, D.C. (2006) δD, δ18O, and hydrological variations in adjacent drips in three caves at increasing elevation: Vancouver Island, BC. Geological Society of America Abstracts. Philadelphia, USA.

Beddows, P.A., Webster, K.H., Kras, S.M. (2006) Inventory development for surface karst features of the Caribbean coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Geological Society of America Abstracts. Philadelphia, USA.

Waterfall@Entrance_vert_250px*Torres-Talamante, O., Escobar-Briones, E., Álvarez, F. Alcocer, J., Mejía, L., Beddows, P., Yager, J. (2006) Estudio de relaciones ecológicas y biogeoquímicas de Speleonectes tulumensis (Yager, 1987) en un sistema anquihalino. V Congreso y Reunión Villalobos. Mexico City, Mexico

Beddows, P.A. Smart, P.L., Whitaker, F.F., Smart, S.L. (2006) Regional groundwater circulation of the Caribbean Yucatan aquifer revealed using temperature and specific electrical conductance observations. Limestone Hydrogeology Meeting of the Geological Society. Bristol, U.K.

Beddows, P.A., Smart, P.L., Smith, S.L., Whitaker, F.F. (2005) Potential for inland dispersal of injection well effluent in coastal carbonate aquifers: Evidence from Caribbean Yucatan coast. Proceedings of the National Cave and Karst Management Symposium. Albany, USA

Beddows, P.A., *Zhang, R., Schwarcz, H.P., Ford, D.C., Chin, K. (2005) Instrumental challenges and unexpected research potential revealed by a North American cave drip monitoring network. Proceedings of the National Cave & Karst Management Symposium. Albany, USA

Beddows, P.A., *Zhang, R., Schwarcz, H.P., Ford, D.C. (2005) Seasonality of cave drip hydrology and chemistry in relation to mid-latitude North American Holocene paleoclimate records from speleothems. Geological Society of America Abstracts 37(7):310. Salt Lake City, USA.

*Zhang, R., Schwarcz, H.P., Ford, D.C., Beddows, P.A. (2005) SEM and petrographic studies of stalagmite caps and trapping of fluid inclusions. Geological Society of America Abstracts. 37(7):310. Salt Lake City, USA.

Beddows, P.A., *Zhang, R., Ford, D.C., Schwarcz ,H.P. (2005) Calibrated Holocene paleo-temperature record for North America from stable isotopic analyses of speleothems and their fluid inclusions. Union International de Speleologie Congress Abstracts. Athens, Greece.

Beddows, P.A., Smart, P.L., Smith, S.L., Whitaker, F.F. (2005) Decoupled and depth stratified circulation in a coastal carbonate aquifer: Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. Union International de Speleologie Congress Abstracts. Athens, Greece.

Smith, S.L., Whitaker, F.F., Parkes, R.J., Smart, P.L. & P.A. Beddows (2005) Bacterially induced carbonate dissolution in a modern mixing zone: Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. International Symposia for Subsurface Microbiology & Environmental Biogeochemistry Abstract Volume. Jackson Hole, USA.

Beddows, P.A., Smart, P.L., Whitaker, F.F., Smith, S.L. (2004) Heliothermic heating of density stratified groundwater – An Alternative interpretation to geothermal circulation. Geological Society of America Abstracts 36(5):310. Denver, USA.

Beddows, P.A., Smart, P.L., Whitaker, F.F. & Smith, S.L. (2004) Regional groundwater circulation of the Caribbean Yucatan aquifer revealed using temperature and specific electrical conductance observations. British Cave Research Association Science Symposium. Published in Journal of Cave and Karst Science. Manchester, UK.

AkumalBeachSurveying_Vert250tBeddows, P.A., Smart, P.L., Whitaker, F.F. & Smith, S.L. (2003) Decoupled density stratified groundwater circulation on the Caribbean Coast of the Yucatan peninsula, Mexico. British Cave Research Association Science Symposium. Journal of Cave and Karst Science, 29(2):91. Bristol, UK.

Smith, S.L., Whitaker, F.F., Parkes, R.J., Smart, P.L., Beddows, P.A., Bottrell, S.H. (2003) Active dolomitization by saline groundwaters in the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico. British Cave Research Association Science Symposium. Journal of Cave and Karst Science 29(2):93. Bristol, UK.

Worthington, S.R.H., Ford, D.C., Beddows, P.A. (2001) Porosity and permeability enhancement in unconfined carbonate aquifers as a result of dissolution. SPELEO Brazil 2001 – 13th International Congress of Speleology. Brasilia. Brazil.

Beddows, P.A., Ford, D.C., & Worthington, S.R.H. (1998) Sustainable potable water supplies from conduit systems: Caribbean coast, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. Geological Society of America Abstracts. 30(7). Toronto, Canada.

Beddows, P.A., & Ford, D.C. (1998) Spatial and temporal trends of groundwater velocity and water stage within the Nohoch Nah Chich System: Implications for contaminant dispersion (Yucatan Peninsula, México). Geological Association of Canada & the Mineralogical Association of Canada Abstract Volume – Quebec 1998, A13. Québec City, Canada.

Beddows, P.A., & Ford, D.C. (1998) Hydrological aspects of a tropical coastal karstic aquifer: North-eastern Yucatan Peninsula. The Association of American Geographers 94th Annual Meeting, 1998 Abstract Volume, p.19. Boston, USA.

 

PROFESSIONAL TALKS

Invited Seminars

Comisíon Nacional del Agua (CONAGUA) 2012
Northwestern University, Earth and Planetary Sciences 2012
Florida International University, Civil and Environmental Engineering – WATERSCAPES Speaker 2010
University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences 2009
University of Northern Illinois, Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences 2009
Northwestern University, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences 2008
Université de Montréal, Département de géographie 2008
Johns Hopkins University, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences 2008
Nipissing University, Geography Department 2008
University of Toronto, Physical and Environmental Sciences 2008
University of Toronto, Department of Geology 2008
Kutztown University, Department of Geology
Western Kentucky, Department of Geography and Geology 2008
University of Dayton, Department of Geology 2008
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México. Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnología (ICMyL) Puerto Morelos, México [in Spanish] 2007
University of Lethbridge, Geography Department 2007
Foro del Agua, Municipalidad de Solidaridad, Quintana Roo, México [in Spanish] 2006
McMaster University, School of Geography & Earth Sciences, Canada 2006
University of Victoria, Department of Geography, Canada 2006
University of Regina, Department of Geography, Canada 2006
University of Akron, Department of Geology, USA 2005
University of South Florida, Department of Environmental Science & Policy 2003
Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada (CICESE), Departamento de Oceanografía Física, Ensenada, México [in Spanish] 2002

 

CONSULTANCY IN THE PUBLIC / PRIVATE SECTOR

 

Scientific Advisor: The Nature Conservancy International (TNC)
a.  Active member of panel through evaluation phase.
b.  Contributions to writing and final editing of Plan de Conservación Akumal Tulum, 2009.  57pp.
2009-2010
National Geographic contracted to Sea Studios of Monterrey
a. Dirty Secrets Released 2008.  An episode of National Geographic’s Strange Days on Planet Earth. On Cameria scientist and Scientific        Advisor
b. Coral Connections Released 2008. Scientific advisor
 2oo7-2008
BBC Natural History Unit, Bristol, U.K.
Secrets of Mayan Underworld 
Released 2005.Scientific advisor. (Remunerated)
2004 – 2005
BBC Natural History Unit, Bristol, U.K.
Planet Earth: Caves
Released 2006. Scientific advisor. (Remunerated)
    
2004 – 2006


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS 

Active
American Geophysical Union AGU
Geological Society of America GSA
National Speleological Association, including Cave Diving and Geology sections NSS-CDS
Previous BCRA
British Cave Research Association CAG
Canadian Association of Geographers CGRG
Canadian Geomorphology Research GRoup CGU
Canadian Geophysical Union CANQUA
Geological Association of Canada MPS
McMaster Paleontological Society RGS-IBG
Societé Québecois de Speleologie SQS
University of Bristol Speleological Society UBSS


PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

NSF Summit on the Future of Undergraduate Geoscience Education 2014
Akumal Climate Station – Centro Ecológico Akumal.  Fund raising from vested academics world-wide, planning, purchase coordination, and overseeing installation and maintenance. 2010 – present
Organizer: International Union of Speleology Field Trip.Pre-congress field trip to the Yucatan Peninsula for ~20 international participants. July 2009
Co-Chair Special Session (in absentia): American Geophysical Union – Acapulco Paleoenvironmental Records from Cave Sediments (PP07) May 2006
Co–Organizer: Post conference field trip, Caribbean coast of Yucatan Peninsula Salt Water Intrusion & Coastal Aquifers: Monitoring, Modeling, Management. Mérida, México. April 2003
Organizer: Conference facilities and local arrangements, Bristol, UK. British Cave Research Association Science Symposium held in the School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol. 8 March 2003
Chair: Biology Session & Geology Session British Cave Research Association Hidden Earth Annual Meeting, Monmouth, UK 27-29 September 2002

MEDIA

NOAA Ocean Exploration – Signature Exploration
Selected for full media presence development by NOAA for Exploring the Hidden Wold in the Maritime Maya – Contributing Author and Co-PI on project.
http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/explorations/11maya/welcome.html
2011
International Research Press Coverage – 5 newswires by UN-University (research funding agency) 2011
Featuring publication of “Containmants in the coastal karst aquifer systems along the Caribbean coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico”, including to Reuters (English, French, Spanish), United Press International, AFP Press Agency, EFE, IPS. Press generated in excess of 200 online story derivatives from 32 countries and print distribution of 2.5 million readership.
e.g. http://www.sciencedaily.com/release/2011/02/110206132900.html
Press “Who knew Northwestern University had its own glacier? And now it’s melting fast” Instigated and supported writing of article on the Northwestern Glacier by Bentley, for Medill Report http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news 2011
National Geographic “Diver Vanishes into Portal to the Maya Underworld
Ranked second most watched video in 2010. Length 3:43
Video – http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/player/news/history-archaeology-news/belize-maya-pools-vin.html Ranking – http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/11/101130-best-news-videos-2010-science-nature-watch/
2010
EPS Yucatan 2009 Video “Fun,Sun, and Science”
Coordinated production of documentary short film of the EPS experiential educational trip to the Yucatan Peninsula Mexico. Produced by Lauren Pond.Awarded First place, in the American Geological Institute Life in the Field Video Contest. Length 5:38
http://www.vimeo.com/6402811
2010
National Geographic contracted to Sea Studios of Monterrey 2007-2008
2008. Dirty Secrets Released 2008. An episode of National Geographic’s Strange Days on Planet Earth. On-camera scientist and scientific advisor.
2009. Coral Connections Released 2008. Scientific Advisor
CBC – “Cave Research – Paleoenvironmental research in Rats Nest Cave”
On-camera scientist and research consultant. Aired nationally on Saturday Report + Provincially in Alberta on CBC News at Six in both Edmonton and Calgary
2006
BBC Natural History Unit, Bristol, U.K.
Secrets of Mayan Underworld Released 2005.Scientific advisor.
2004-2005
BBC Natural History Unit, Bristol, U.K 2004-2006
BBC Natural History Unit, Bristol, U.K
Planet Earth: Caves Released 2006. Scientific advisor
2004-2006 

 

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING & SKILLS

Languages

Mother tongues : English and French
Second Language: Fluent in Spanish

Kellogg Certificate – Management skills for Innovative University Leaders

NU Faculty leadership program to introduce business concepts and specific tools and frameworks for effective leadership. Selected and sponsored by WCAS. Nine days

2013
NU Learning, Teaching, and Assessment Forum

One day event showcasing teaching and assessment innovations, strategies, practices , and outcomes

2013
Grantsmanship for the Research Professional, Northwestern University

Two day course instructed by Holly Falk-Krzesinski
Enhancing skills for effective grant opportunities identification, preparation, writing and submission for investigators and administrators

2009
Students in the lab: quality-time or predictable demo?,Centre Leadership in Learning Mar. 2007
McMaster University. One day. Designing effective experiential learning modules in the lab and field. Three days
McMaster University: Eighteen hour enquiry based course focused on the question ” What makes for an effective lecture?” which included development of lecture skills through active participation
Environmental Data Acquisition Training, Observatoire Royale de Belgique
Design, construction, and implementation of data acquisition systems including data loggers and geophysical sensors. Four days
May 2004
Time Series & Tidal Analysis Methods, International Centre for Earth Tides Nov.2002
Observatoire Royale de Belgique. Individual training over two weeks on tidal data pre-processing and analysis. Fourteen days
SCUBA – Cave Diver, and other technical SCUBA certifications
SCUBA Instructor – Open Water (ACUC – License lapsed). Full Cave Diving Certification and membership – Cave Diving Section of the National Speleological Society (NSS-CDS), Full Cave Diving Certification and membership – National Association of Cave Diving (NACD). Ice Diver (ACUC). Oxygen Provider (DAN/ACUC). Nitrox enriched air (IANTD & ACUC).
  1996 – present

 

EXPERIENCE WITH MAJOR ANALYTICAL INSTRUMENTS AND FIELD TECHNIQUES

Thermo Finnigan Delta Plus XP continuous flow mass spectrometer with Costech EA and Thermo TC/EA peripherals

SIRA duel inlet mass spectrometer

OPTIMA duel inlet mass spectrometer

Perkin Elmer SCIEX Elan 6100 quadrupole ICP-MS

Vacuum-line and crusher for capture of vapor samples from environmental materials

Quantitative fluorescent dye tracing for aquifer evaluation – field techniques and scanning spectrofluometry for multiple concurrent dye quantification.

Oceanographic current meters: mechanical, acoustic doppler and electromagnetic

Field data logging: multi-channel and programmable models including Campbell Scientific, Squirrel, other.

Custom-made loggers using industrial process control cards.

Electronic field instrumentation: temperature thermistors arrays, conductivity/TDS/salinity, pH, pressure transducers for barometric and hydraulic pressure, meteorological sensors including radiation, wind speed, other, borehole sensors arrays, and many others.

Experienced research diver in open water and flooded caves.

 PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT

Custom Course Ware (CCW), McMaster University Bookstore (full & part time)                     1993-1999

Integral in the development of this printing-on-demand business (established 1992) for “course packs”. Established and refined business practices to secure copyright contracts, and then electronic scanning, compilation, and printing of materials. Worked as a team-member and trained seasonal staff in a high-stress environment to consistently meet deadlines and outperform production goals. CCW was awarded 1st place at the Canadian Productivity Awards 1994 – Institutional Division, and is a Xerox technology and software testing and development site.

TEACHING AND ADVISING

Areas of Undergraduate and Graduate Teaching (last 5 years)

Earth and Planetary Sciences
Environmental Policy and Culture
Environmental Science
Civil and Environmental Engineering
The Graduate School

Specific Courses Taught

ENV SCI 201/CIV ENV 201 – Earth – A Habitable Planet (Intro.Earth Systems).
Lecture based class
Spring 2013
EARTH 102-6 -Voyages of Discovery
Northwestern University, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Freshman writing seminar
Fall 2011
Winter 2013
ENVR_POL 397-1/397-2 – Environmental Field School
Field Internship with National Parks and National Forests.
Seminar sessions and guided readings
Summer 2012
Summer2013 (non-credit based)
EARTH 519  – Responsible Conduct of Research Spring 2011
EARTH 360 -Instrumentation and Field Methods
Practicum. Problem based learning course.
Co-taught with Dr. Van der Lee
Spring 2012
Winter 2011
Winter 2010

Experiential Field Trip to Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico – Lead Coordinator and Instructor

Carbonate Hydrogeochemistry & Sedimentology, Coastal Environments

 

Year       Days      Students              Collaborating Instructional Staff

2013      10           16                          Sole faculty, and Mr. Michael Fortwengler (Shell)

2011      10           13                          Dr. Bina, Dr. Jacobson, and Mr. Michael Fortwengler (Shell)

2010      10           13                          Dr. van der Lee, Dr. Jacobson, & Dr. Chet Weiss (GSU).

2009      8             18                          Dr. Sageman and Dr. Jurdy.


Curriculum Development, Establishment of New/Improved Courses (last 5 yrs)

 

ENV SCI 201/CIV ENV 201 – Earth – A Habitable Planet (Intro Earth Surface Processes
Significant curricular and pedagogical development in progress for Spring 2014
Spring 2014
ENVR_POL 397/397-2 – Environmental Field School
New program proposal to be submitted to WCAS
Summer 2014
EARTH 102-6 – Voyages of Discovery
New Course
Summer 2014
EARTH 519 – Responsible Conduct Research
New offering -discussion sessions focused on the practice of Earth Science
Winter/Spring of 2011,2012,2013,2014
Earth 360 – Instrumentation and Field Methods
practicum.Problem based learning course
Co-taught with Dr. van der Lee
Winter 2010,2011,Spring 2012
Experiential Field Trip to Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico – Lead coordinator and Instructor
Field practicum – complete development and ~ 30% renewal in each offering.
Video reportage of the 2009 trip for the nature of undertaking
www.vimeo.com/6402811


Names of Students in Tutorial or Advisory Registration (last 3 years) 398/399/490/590’s

 

EARTH 399-0 – INDEPENDENT STUDY

UNDERGRADUATE – STUDENT RESEARCH CREDIT

Alice Marie CARTER
Senior Thesis Project
Multiproxy reconstruction of the Alegre Maritime Maya coastal archeological site using sediment cores.
WCAS Honors. Phi Beta Kappa.
Awarded Undergraduate Research Grant (URG) for $1000 + 50% travel
Presented at the Geological Society of America
Three x 399 in 2011 Fall, 2012 Spring, 2012 Winter

Peter Eric CARLSON

Senior Thesis Project
:Lacustrine gypsum as a paleoprecipitation indicator in in land Belize
Awarded Undergraduate Research Grant (URG for $1000
WCAS Honors. Phi Beta Kappa
Now in PhD program at University of Texas, Jackson School of Geoscience.

Three x 399 in 2011 Fall, 2012 Spring, 2012 Winter

 

Viole Christine ZERBE
Independent research based on primary and historical data collection over Environmental Field School
Analysis of the Francis Creek bypass project: The Evolution of an engineered alpine stream (36 pp.)
One x 399 in 2011 Fall
Peter Donald ILHARDT
Senior Thesis Project
WCAS Honors. Phi Beta Kapa.
Awarded Undergraduate Research Grant (URG) for $1000 + 50% travel.
People’s Choice Award at the Undergraduate Research Symposium. (poster)
Now technical science intern at Mammoth Cave International Center for Science and Learning.
Three x 399 in 2012 Fall, 2013 Spring, 2013 Winter
Ellie June BENSINGER                                                                                   EARTH major research requirement.
Variation in Charcoal Abundance in cores from Maya Port City of Vista Alegre, Quintana Roo. 14 pp.
2013 Winter
Kayleen Theresa McMONIGAL
Senior Thesis Project
Developing a new paleo sea level proxy: The Calcite Rafts of the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico.
Awarded Undergraduate Research Grant (URG) for $1000, and WCAS Research Grant for $1000.
Three x 399 so far, in2013 Spring, 2013 Fall, 2014 Winter
Zachary David KISFALUSI
Senior Thesis Project
Urban hydrology of northern Cook County

Two x 399 so far, in 2013 Fall, 2014 Winter

 


EARTH 499-0 – INDEPENDENT STUDY

GRADUATE – STUDENT RESEARCH CREDIT

Gregory O. LEHN Two X 499 in 2011 Winter, 2010 Fall
Emiliano MONROY -RIOS Five X 499 in 2011 Spring, 2011 Fall,2012 Winter, 2012 Fall, 2013 Winter


EARTH 590-0 – INDEPENDENT STUDY

GRADUATE – STUDENT RESEARCH CREDIT

Emiliano MONROY-RIOS Two x 490 in 2012 Fall, 2012 Spring                                                                      


Names of Ph.D.’s for whose Doctoral work you have been chief advisor. Affiliation of those now graduated.

Emiliano Monroy-Rios – PhD, Earth & Planetary Sciences
Primary PhD Advisor.
Terrestrial nutrient flux to the coastal zone, with a focus on geological sources of phosphate.$104 000.
CONACYT Mexican Graduate Student Fellowship over 4 years.
  2011- present

 

Names of Ph.D. Candidates – Adviser, Committee Member, Dissertation Reader, etc. – last 5 yrs with specific rolls indicated.

 

Greg Lehn – PhD, Earth & Planetary Sciences
Advisor on Second Research Proposal
Committee Member
Phreatic calcite rafts as a novel paleoenvironmental record on hydrochemistry and water level
2010 – present
Ben Morgan – Ph.D, Plant Biology and Conservation
Mentor
CO-PI with Louise Egerton-Warburton in developing NSF grant (2 submitted) in support of collaborative aspects of Morgan PhD thesis Research.
Molecular genetic tools to investigate the composition of plant and fungal communities in the seasonally dry tropical forests of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, and their interaction with the pervasive karst cave system underlying the forests.
2012-present


MEMBERSHIP AND OFFICES

DEPARTMENT LEVEL

Direct Line Supervisor of Research Staff

Lab Manager – Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer Dr. Koushik Dutta
Computer Technician Dr. Baudilio Tejerina
Rock Prep Facility Ms. Grace Schellinger
Education beyond the Classroom  – Activities with EPS undergraduate and graduate students – Organization & Instruction
Chicago water ways – Kayaking Trip through Chicago 2009, 2010
Glacial Park + Volo Bog (Joint with ISP) 2009,2010,2013
Mammoth Cave National Park weekends, with Wild Caving 2011,2012,2014
GIS Training Weekends for undergraduate and graduate students (2 full days) 2010, 2011
Coordination with NU GIS Expert Chieko Maene for the provision of 2 day workshops in introductory GIS for earth science and plant biology and conservation science students, both undergraduate, both undergraduate.
IT Consultant Selection Committee, Chair Jan. 2013
IRMS Lab Manager Selection Committee, Member March 2012
Acting Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) Winter 2011
Acting Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) Fall 2012
Phased Move- out of Locy Hall 2010 – 2013
Coordination of the phased move-out from Locy Hall spaces into Hogan ILEPS lab facilities
WCAS – EPS Booth at Majors Fair 2010 – present
Graduate recruitment – GSA Booth 2009-2012
Webpage committee member, and content contributor
Working with Program Assistant, active involvement as a faculty representative
of the EPS web-page redevelopment, with launch of new CMS version in 2010.
continuous critical evaluation and renewal
2009- Present
Corporate Recruitment – Chevron and Shell
Coordinated site visits of recruiters from Shell and Chevron, both of whom are EPS Alums.
Two EPS students full time hired and numerous summer internships due to these efforts.
2009 – present
WCAS – EPS Booth at Majors Fair 2010 – present
Graduate Recruitment – GSA Booth 2009 – 2012
Webpage committee member, and content contributor 
Working with Program Assistant, active involvement as a faculty representative of the EPS web-page redevelopment,
with launch of new CMS version in 2010. Continuous critical evaluation and renewal.
2009 – Present
Corporate Recruitment – Chevron and Shell  2009 – present
Curriculum Committee – member, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Development of new structure for the undergraduate majors program, now submitted for consideration
by the CRC in early 2011. Ongoing review of curriculum and scheduling related by faculty availability.
2009 – present
Undergraduate Recruitment to EPS
Active involvement with prospective undergraduate students in support of recruitment to EPS.  Declared majors in EPS have approximately doubled since 2008, with more students declaring their major earlier in the program.
2009 – present
ILEPS Development – Integrated Laboratories for Earth and Planetary Sciences
Coordination of the design, construction, and commissioning of the new integrated laboratory faculties for EPS. Almost daily activities include coordination between FM, the design firm (HED, the contractors (Power Construction), and the leading research faculty within Earth and Planetary Sciences, to ensure that full operation of the facilities is achieved.  In 2010, four of the 6 modules reached operation.  Completion of the Clean Lab and TIMS facility (A. Jacobson) and the Mineral Physics lab achieved in 2011.   Ribbon cutting November 2011.

 2008 – 2011
Tech Infill Development – New office facilities for Earth and Planetary Sciences
Member of the departmental Tech-Infill space committee. Since 2010, principal liaison with weekly interaction our FM project manager as the construction of the Tech-Infill has begun.  In 2011, role as departmental liaison significantly increased, with move-in presently scheduled for summer/fall 2012.
 2008 – present
Computing – committee member 2008 – Present
EPicentreS department annual newsletter. 
Contributing author, editing/proof reading
 2008 – Present

 

MEMBERSHIP AND OFFICES WCAS
Director – EPC Environmental Field School 2013-present
Co-Director – EPC Environmental Field School 2012
University Senate
Faculty Senate Elected Member, Northwestern University 2011- Present
Faculty Senate Benefits Committee (Interim Chair 2011), Northwestern University 2011 – present

 

STUDENT RELATIONS
Adult mentorship, including interaction with residential students over meals,
at special events, and supporting personal growth and educational activities within and beyond the residential college.
2010 – present
Faculty Fellow, Jones Residential College for the Fine and Performing Arts 2010 – present
Office of Fellowships 
Participant in mock interviews and mentorship activities of Northwestern students
and recent alumni in their preparation for competition for national and international awards of prestige.
2008 – present
Undergraduate Research Grants – URG – ISEN/EPS representative 2011 – present
WCAS Freshman Advisor

AY 2011 – 2012

 

COMMUNITY WORK:
PUBLIC EDUCATION & OUTREACH
Project Excite: Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Coordinator for faculty and graduate student let activities within the department,
including 2 days of small group activities for select students from the 3rd and 4th grade
from Chicago Public School district 86. Supported development of new activities by graduate
students including “Global Warming in a Bottle”, “How Big is a Dinosaur”, “Deep Sea Vents”.
Project Excite is collaborative project with the Northwestern Center for Talent Development (CTD),
Evanston/Skokie School District 65, and Evanston Township High School District (ETHS)
202.  ~50 Children IN 2009-2011, with increase to 75 in 2012.

2009 – present
Center for Talent Development – Coordinated with Dr. Steven McGee OF SESP 2010
NASA Summer Education Outreach – Chicago High Schools
Lead scientific advisor, and embedded scientist for this 5 week long summer effort,
with 8-9 high school students from Chicago Public schools. Educational material and program development
on climate change using remotely sensed and NASA data. Recruited and organized EPS graduate students
to provide education extension, and pedagogical support.Ongoing work includes translation of 2010 summer
experience into fixed pedagogical materials for inclusion in the Chicago Public School curriculum.   
 2011
Northwestern Annual Climate Change Symposium- 

Global Problems, Local Solution

Mar. 8, 2012

Problems to Solutions

Oct.  18 2010

Problems to Policy   news.medill.northwestern.edu/climatechange/page.aspx?id=145853
Departmental coordinator full day symposium cosponsored by Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences,
the Initiative for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN), Environmental Policy and Culture Program (EPC)
and Environmental Sciences Program (ESP).   

Nov. 4, 2009
ETHS Biology internships
20+ contact hours each (total 140 contact hours), providing skill developing and mentorship.
Separation, cataloguing and photographic documentation, and identification of bones from cave sediments.
Dendrochronology using tree sections from NU campus.  Greenhouse gas in a bottle experiments.
7 students,
2010 & 2012

EPS Climate Station at Northwestern University

PI for acquisition and establishing the Northwestern Climate Station which will support undergraduate
and graduate learning and research on campus, and serve as an icon or NU’s commitment to earth
and environmental science. Funding from ISEN secured ($13 800). Co-development along NU
CO2 station, PI’ed by Dr. Jacobson

2010-present

High School Student Tours -Analytical lab facilities and collections

Educational tours of research facilities with added discussion of careers in Earth Science.
Support of minority inclusion in STEM fields.   Typically 1-5 groups per year, with 20 participants each.

 

 2010-present

 

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