People

Boyd, Melissa D.

Office: 207 Department of Anthropology Biological Sciences
Phone: (848) 445-2044
Email: mailto:mboyd@eps.rutgers.edu

Education

  • Rutgers University, NJ, BS Geology, 2012
  • Rutgers University, NJ, BS Evolutionary Anthropology, High Honors, 2015
  • Rutgers University, NJ, MS Candidate  

 

 

Courses/Instruction

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences, Teaching Assistant, Introductory Geology Lab & Paleontology Lab - 2016 to present
  • Department of Anthropology, Part-Time Lecturer, Extinction and Evolution & Human Behavior - 2016 to 2017

Honors and Awards

  • Rutgers Earth & Planetary Sciences Teaching Assistantship - 2016 to present
  • The William & Grace Sparks Graduate Student Research Award - 2018
  • TA/GA Professional Development Award -  2017 to present
  • GSA Student Travel Grant - 2016 
  • Army Women’s Foundation - 2016
  • National Military Family Association - 2016
  • School of Arts and Sciences Excellence Award - 2015
  • Bigel Endowment Award for Undergraduate Research in Anthropology - 2015
  • Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences Paul Robeson Scholar - 2014 to 2015
  • Steven K. Fox Award, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences - 2012

Research Interests

  • Sedimentology & Stratigraphy
  • Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction
  • Paleopedology
  • Stable Isotope Geochemistry

Field Experience

  • West Turkana, Kenya 2014 - present

Advisor and Dissertation Committee

  • Craig Feibel
  • Gail Ashley

Meetings / Abstracts

  • “Facies Analysis and Depositional Environments of the Lomekwi Member, Nachukui Formation, West Turkana” [Poster]. AFQUA: The African Quaternary Environments, Ecology and Humans 2nd International Conference and Workshops, 14-22 July 2018, Nairobi, Kenya. Authors: Boyd, Melissa D., Feibel, Craig S., Manthi, Frederick Kyalo, Ward, Carol V. and Plavcan, J. Michael.
  • “Why Lomekwi? Geology and Depositional Context of the Lomekwi 3 Archaeological Site in Kenya: A Sedimentary Facies Analysis” [Poster]. GSA 2016 Annual Meeting, 25-28 September 2016, Denver, CO. Authors: Boyd, Melissa D., Feibel, Craig S., Manthi, Frederick Kyalo, Ward, Carol V. and Plavcan, J. Michael. https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2016AM/webprogram/Paper284611.html      

Professional Organizations

  • Geological Society of America
  • American Geophysical Union
  • Society for Sedimentary Geology
  • American Association of Physical Anthropologists
  • Sigma Delta Epsilon