R. Linda Martin



R. Linda Martín
Ph.D. Student

Rutgers University
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Wright Labs
610 Taylor Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8066 U.S.A.

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  • Northern Arizona University - Flagstaff, AZ -  B.S.Ed - Earth Science
  • Montclair State University - Montclair, NJ - Graduate coursework; Antarctica sediment core research 

Research Interests

  • Quaternary Studies, Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, Paleoclimatology
  • My research interests lie in the interpretation of past environments of early Homo sapiens in the East African Rift Valley from the Late Pleistocene to Holocene during the African Humid Period. Presently, I am involved in reconstructing the paleoenvironment, paleogeography, and age of strata in West Turkana, Kenya. This research includes facies analysis, tephrostratigraphy, Uranium series dating of paleosol rhizoliths, and ostracod identification to determine paleolake-water conditions and depth.

Courses/Teaching Assistant

  • GEOL 101: Introductory Geology Lab (Fall 2010-2011)
  • GEOL 110: Sea Change (Spring 2011-2012)
  • GEOL 206: Dinosaurs (Fall 2012)

Grants and Fellowships

  • 2011: Graduate Student Research Grant, Geological Society of America
  • 2010: American Geological Institute MPP Scholarship
  • 2002: National Space Grant, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Honors and Awards

  • 2012: William & Grace Sparks Graduate Student Research Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and/or Mentoring, Rutgers University Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences
  • 2012: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention, National Science Foundation
  • 2011: Pre-dissertation Travel Award, Rutgers University Graduate School
  • 2011: Arthur D. Howard Award, Quaternary Geology & Geomorphology Division of the      Geological Society of America
  • 2011: George H. Cook Award, Rutgers University Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences
  • 2011: Ford Fellowship Honorable Mention, Ford Foundation

Professional Memberships

  • Geological Society of America
  • Society of Sedimentary Geology
  • Association for Women Geoscientists

Advisor and Dissertation Committee

  • Dr. Craig S. Feibel
  • Dr. Gail M. Ashley
  • Dr. Christoper J. Lepre

Meetings / Abstracts

  • Martin, R.L., Feibel, C.S., 2011, Paleoenvironment Reconstruction of Late Pleistocene to Holocene beds near Lobolo springs West Turkana, Kenya. Geological Society of America Abstracts with programs, v. 43 n. 5 p.247
  • Martin, L., Passchier, S., 2010, Basal Ice Conditions of the Antarctic Ice Sheet interpreted from Oligocene through Pleistocene tills of the Cape Robert Drilling Project. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 42 n.1 p.170
  • Passchier, S., Hauptvogel, D., Hansen, M., Faulk, C., Martin, L. 2010, Assessment of East Antarctic ice flow directions, ice grounding events, and glacial thermal regime across the middle Miocene climate transition from the ANDRILL-SMS and CRP drill holes. Abstract presented at 2010 Fall Meeting by Dr. Passchier, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 13-17 Dec