Power Paleoecology Lab & Garrett Herbarium
People
Mitchell J. Power   email  Curriculum Vitae
P.I.,
Curator of the Garrett Herbarium
   Background
B.A., Archaeology, University of Maine, 1992
M.S. Paleobotany, Northern Arizona University, 1998
Ph.D., Biogeography, University of Oregon, 2006

   Research Interests
Paleoecology
Paleoclimate
Fire and Climate Interactions
Ecosystem Disturbance




Elizabeth Johnson. email  Curriculum Vitae 
Collections Manager of the Garrett Herbarium
   
   Background
M.S. Biology, Northern Arizona University, 2014
B.A. Contemplative Psychology, Naropa University, 2004


   Research Interests
Plant Systematics
Campanulaceae
Lobelioideae
Flora of Utah






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Students.

Leota Coyte
B.S. Environmental & Sustainability Studies and Urban Ecology, minor in Geography. leota.coyne@gmail.com

Leota is originally from Huntington Beach, California, but came to Utah to be closer to the outdoors – where she loves to ski, camp, and hike. On campus, Leota is involved in the Beekeeping Association, Student Collective of Allied Planners and Ecologists (SCAPE), and Greek life. In the lab, Leota is researching the geochemistry of sediment from Ethiopia to learn how humans interact with their environments and how these interactions change throughout time.

 


Rachel Struhs

B.S. Geography rstruhs12@gmail.com

Rachel is in her senior year at the University of Utah. She is studying Geography with and emphasis in Biogeography and Ecology and minoring in Anthropology. Rachel is from Salt Lake City and has grown up loving the outdoors. She loves to hike and her favorite place is Grand Teton National Park where she has traveled to every summer for the past 12 years. She enjoys doing research and hopes to continue her education to work with the changing environment.

Andrew Kennedy
M.S. Geography    drewbkennedy@outlook.com

Background 
B.S., Environmental and Sustainability Studies, 2018  
B.S., Geography, 2018

Drew started working with Dr. Power in summer 2017 as an undergraduate researcher. He is currently focused on analyzing frozen lake sediment cores in the Uinta mountains for both charcoal and pollen to understand how long it takes an ecosystem to recover following a disturbance event.

Susana Velasquez Franco

PhD. Geography  susanavfranco@gmail.com

Background
B.S. Biology, University of Caldas, 2008
MsC. Biological Sciences, University of Los Andes, 2014

         Research Associates.

John Calder
Ph.D candidate, Ecology, University of Wyoming

  Background 
B.S., Earth Science, Utah Valley University, 2007
M.S. Ecophysiology, Brigham Young University, 2009
PhD. candidate, University of Wyoming, In progress


  
Research Interests 
Paleoecology
Fire Ecology
Alternate Stable States





Zhihai Tan (Tonishtan)
Associate Professor, Xi'an Polytechnic University, China

  Background 
B.S. Geography Education, Shaanxi Normal University, 1997 
M.S. Physical Geography, Shaanxi Normal University, 2004 
PhD. Physical Geography, Shaanxi Normal University, 2010
Post Doc. State Key Lab of Loess and Quaternary Geology, Present 


  
Research Interests 
Global Climate Change
Paleo Fire
Loess Soils





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Volunteers 

Laurel Lay

   Background
B.S., Geography, Environmental Studies University of Utah, 2013


   Research Interests
Paleoecology
Biogeography
Intermountain West









Cathy Rockwell

  Background
B.S., Agriculture, American University of Beirut, 1973
M.S., Plant Science, Utah State University 1978
MLS, Indiana University, 1990


  Research Interests
Botany
Plant Systematics





 Jason Baker
  Background
B.S., Botany, Weber State University 
   
  Research Interests
Botany
Plant Taxonomy
Plants of the Mojave and Great Basin
GIS

 






Linda Metke
  Background
B.A., English, Washington State University 
   
  Research Interests
Botany
Native Plants of Utah

 










Tracey Switek

   Background
B.S. Geography, University of Utah

   Research Interests
Plant Systematics
Botany









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Power Lab Alumni 

Josh Mueller  email  

 Curriculum Vitae

 

  Background
B.S., Geography, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, 2010
M.A., Geography, Kansas State University, 2013
      Ph.D.,  Geography, The University of Utah, 2018 

  
   Research Interests
Paleotempestology
Caribbean 
Biogeography
Paleoecology



 



Melanie Cook 
M.S. Student, Geography

   Background
B.S. Geography, University of Utah, 2013
   Research Interests 
Biogeography
Dendrochronology
Intermountain West 





     





    Liz Looby
    M.S. Student, Geography, Environmental Studies

      Background 
    B.S., Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Utah, 2014


      
    Research Interests 
    Paleoecology
    Paleofire 










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    Power Paleoecology Lab & Garrett Herbarium

    Blake Wellard  email
    M.S. Student, Geography Graduated 2016

      Background
    B.S., Botany, Weber State University, 2010

       Research Interests
    Plant taxonomy
    Botany
    Paleoecology
    Montane Systems
      





    Nicole Talbot

    B.S., Geography, Environmental Studies graduated 2015

      Background 
    B.S., Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Utah, In progress


      
    Research Interests 
    Urban Ecology
    Alternative and Renewable Energy 









     Shira (Yoshi) Maezumi email   Curriculum Vitae 

       Background
    B.A., Anthropology and Religious Studies, UC San Diego, 2006
    M.A., Anthropological Archaeology, Cal State University Long Beach, 2009

    Ph.D., Geography, The University of Utah, 2015

       Research Interests
    Paleoecology
    Paleoclimatology
    Fire and Vegetation Disturbance 
    Neotropics & Amazonia 
    Pre-Columbian Land Use



     



    Lovina (Ivy) Turney 
    email  
    M.S., Geography Graduated 2015

    Background
    A.S., Biology, Salt Lake Community College, 2004
    B.S., Biology, Minor Paleontology, Westminster College, 2008


       Research Interests
    Biogeography
    Paleoecology
    Fire and vegetation Disturbance 
    Montane Systems

      





    Anthony Macharia

    Ph.D, Geography Graduated 2012


      Background
    M.S., Biology, University of Utah 
    PhD., Geography, University of Utah, 2013


      
    Research Interests 
    Paleoecology
    Stable Isotope Analysis
    Africa
    Intermountain West






    Rebecca Koll
    M.A., Geography Graduated 2011


     Background
    B.S. Environmental Horticulture, University of Minnesota, 2007
    M.S. Geography, University of Utah, 2012
    PhD. Botany, University of Florida, In Progress


       Research Interests
    Paleoecology
    Fire and Vegetation Disturbance
    Botany 
    Intermountain West











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