Sunset at Spruce Knob, West Virginia
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Chelsie N Bowman, PhD (she/her)
Postdoctoral Scholar | Pennsylvania State University
Earth history and the natural world have always fascinated me, but my love for geology began with my first field excursion - a weekend trip to central Alabama during my first undergraduate geology course. Since then I have had many opportunities to study and explore the geologic past.
As an MS student I used stable carbon isotopes of fossilized tooth enamel to reconstruct the diets and habitats of middle Miocene (8-12 million year old) mammals.
During my PhD I used a variety of geochemical and sedimentary proxies to reconstruct ancient ocean redox chemistry on local and global scales during the late Silurian Lau/Kozlowskii extinction event (~425 million years ago).
Now as a postdoc I am researching nutrient cycling and redox geochemistry in the Permian Phosphoria Rock Complex using geochemical and sedimentary proxies.