Graduate Students

Boyd, Melissa Doyle

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  • Position: PhD Candidate
  • Email: mboyd@eps.rutgers.edu
  • Office: WL-211
  • Research Interests: Lithostratigraphy, Paleoenvironmental reconstruction, U-Pb geochronology, Magnetistratigraphy

Education

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

Courses/Instruction

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences
    • Instructor, Earthquakes and Volcanoes - 2020-2021
    • Teaching Assistant, Introductory Geology Lab, Paleontology Lab, Planet Earth - 2016 to present
  • Department of Anthropology
    • Part-Time Lecturer, Extinction and Evolution & Human Behavior - 2016 to 2017

Honors and Awards

  • Rutgers Center for Human Evolutionary Studies Albert Fellows Dissertation Research Award - 2021
  • 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

  • Lithostratigraphy
  • Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction
  • U-Pb Geochronology
  • Magnetostratigraphy

Field Experience

Advisor and Dissertation Committee

  • Craig Feibel
  • Jim Browning
  • Bob Raynolds
  • Ben Black

Meetings / Abstracts

  • Williams, R.G., Neitzke Adamo, L., and Boyd, M.D., 2021, Analyzing Coastal Geomorphology at The Rutgers University Marine Field Station with Remote Sensing Technology, in Northeastern Geological Society of America 2021 Annual Meeting.
  • Saslaw, M., Henkes, G., Beck, C., Liutkus-Pierce, C., Feibel, C., Rowan, C., and Boyd, M., 2021, Middle and Late Miocene paleoclimates from clumped isotopes of soil carbonates, Turkana Basin, East Africa, in AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts, v. 2021, p. PP13A-08.
  • Boyd, M.D., Feibel, C.S., Manthi, F.K., Ward, C.V., and Plavcan, J.M., 2018, A Synthesis of Multi-proxy Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction Methods: The Depositional Environments of the Lomekwi Member, Nachukui Formation, West Turkana, in Geological Society of America 2018 Annual Conference.
  • Boyd, M.D., Feibel, C.S., Manthi, F.K., Ward, C.V., and Plavcan, J.M., 2018b, Facies Associations and Depositional Environments of the Lomekwi Member, West Turkana, Kenya, in AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts, v. 2018, p. PP31B-1657.
  • Boyd, M.D., Feibel, C.S., Manthi, F.K., Ward, C.V., and Plavcan., and J.M., 2018a, A Preliminary Look at the Depositional Environments of the Kalochoro and Kaitio Members of the Nachukui Formation, West Turkana, in AFQUA: The African Quaternary Environments, Ecology and Humans 2nd International Conference and Workshops, v. 2018, p. 31–32.
  • Beck, C.C., Lubbe, J., Feibel, C.S., Joordens, J.J., Boyd, M.K., Cohen, A.S., and Campisano, C.J., 2018, Using Facies and Grain-size Analyses to Assess Feasibility of a Bentonite to Tephra Correlation in the Kaitio Member, West Turkana, Kenya, in AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts, v. 2018, p. PP31C-1666.
  • Boyd, M.D. , Feibel, C.S., Manthi, F.K., Ward, C.V., and Plavcan, J.M., 2016, Why Lomekwi? Geology and Depositional Context of the Lomekwi 3 Archaeological Site in Kenya: A Sedimentary Facies Analysis, in Geological Society of America 2016 Annual Conference, v. 2016, p. 168–7.

      Professional Organizations

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