Shannon Boyle

Screenshot 2023 09 20 at 2.46.26 PMShannon Boyle graduated from Rutgers University in October 2019 with a Master of Science degree in Earth and Planetary Sciences. Her research focused on petrology of lunar meteorites under the supervision of her advisor, Dr. Juliane Gross. Her thesis focused on identifying source areas for two meteorites to provide insight into the processes that formed the lunar highlands and maria.Screenshot 2023 09 20 at 2.46.34 PM

In the summer of 2016, Shannon worked under Dr. Cyrena Goodrich at the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) and Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas. Her research focused on ureilites, a unique type of ultramafic meteorite, and the identification of a new ureilite parent body. She presented this research at the 2017 Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.

Shannon joined Roux Associates, Inc. (Roux) in October 2019, an environmental consulting firm. She began as a Staff Assistant Geologist and is currently a Project Geologist for the Roux Somerset Office. In this role, she provides training and oversight of field personnel, evaluates site-specific data, develops workplans for soil, groundwater, and soil vapor investigations and remediation, and interfaces with clients. She is responsible for managing projects in several sectors, including insurance, industrial, and real estate.

My favorite Rutgers memory was having the opportunity to work for NASA and meet experts in the planetary field, including astronauts!

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Monica Norton Mouallem

275850291 523704482453777 1613930069855972307 nMonica Norton Mouallem graduated from Rutgers University in May 2019 with a Masters in Science degree in Earth and Planetary Sciences. Her research focused on hydrogeology under the supervision of her advisor, Dr. Gail Ashley, and committee members, Dr. Ying Fan Reinfelder, and Dr. Christopher Lepre. Her thesis focused on better understanding modern and ancient hydrogeologic features, namely springs and wetlands. Her research involved two separate, but connected, parts: developing a hydrogeologic framework for a modern spring system located in the Ngorongoro Volcanic Highlands of Tanzania, Africa (small scale) and examining geologic records from around the world to develop a novel, global wetlands facies model (large scale). “Springs and wetlands are both visible at the surface and provide numerous benefits to society, yet I found they are poorly understood as the processes behind them are not visible and occur below the surface,” stated Monica when asked about her research. She was worked as a Fellow on the Rutgers Science Explorer Bus, where she worked with other STEM graduate students to teach science and mathematics topics to middle schoolers around New Jersey. Monica also completed the Coastal Climate Risk and Resilience (C2R2) Graduate Certificate program were she worked with Rutgers scientists and policy experts to learn how to build more sustainable coastlines. Both of these programs were wonderful learning experiences in Monica’s Rutgers career and she credits them for helping her develop as a well-rounded scientist.276016629 3185672001721859 3149342020988185003 n

After graduation, Monica entered the environmental consulting field and has over 5 years of experience in the industry. She recently joined the team at SESI Consulting Engineers in July 2021. In this role, she provides technical advice to their clients in the commercial, industrial, and real estate sectors to help them solve their most challenging environmental problems. Her experience has included conducting environmental assessments and investigations at sites in New Jersey and New York to evaluate and understand the nature and extent of soil, groundwater, and soil vapor contamination at the site-specific scale. Monica has helped to develop remediation strategies to mitigate contamination at sites in accordance with state and federal policies to ensure the protection of human health and the environment. She is excited to work for a company that provides “one-stop-shop” engineering services to meet their client needs.

Favorite Rutgers Memory

Monica’s favorite memory from her Rutgers experience occurred while traveling with Dr. Gail Ashley in Tanzania. They spent a lot of time around springs and wetlands in the area, and where they found water, they also found people and animals. As they were walking around a particular wetland one day, they began to notice that three Maasai folks were following behind them, giggling. After some time, she turned around and introduced herself, shook their hands, and told them she was studying the chemchem (springs). The three of them continued to giggle and the woman in the middle began to fidget with something around her neck. Finally, she freed one of the beaded necklaces from herself, clasped it around her neck, gave Monica a hug, and held her hand. This amazing gift and speechless gesture made a profound impression on her, and she will never forget it.