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After Graduation - Alumni

During the last decade, about half of Muskingum's geology majors have gone on to graduate school. Some of these students have subsequently obtained employment in exploration and research in the areas of petroleum, nuclear fuels, coal and metalliferous minerals. Others have been employed in federal and state geological surveys, while still others have served as geological consultants for governments, individuals, and industries. Graduates going directly into the job market are employed in a variety of occupations in industry as well as in teaching.

Please click on the link below to view communications between our alumni and Dr. Stephen Van Horn. We like to maintain a close contact with all of our graduates, and the list only represents a tiny fraction of our alumni activities. Any contribution to this page is extremely welcome. Please contact Dr. Van Horn at

Recent Graduates include:

Sarah Homan (2015) is an Ohio Stream Restore Corps AmeriCorps Member working with the Huff Run Watershed, where she did an internship in the summer of 2014.

Troy Jones (2015) was accepted at University of North Dakota for a program in petroleum geology.

Tory Kelly (2015) was hired by the US Geological Survey (USGS) as a hydrogeologist.

Heidi Landis (2015) is pursuing the Masters degree in geochemistry in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).

Sebastian Teas (2015) is starting the MS at Ohio University this fall, with research interests ranging from Martian landforms to subsurface hydrology.

John Cook (2013) is in Australia, pursuing the PhD at the University of New South Wales Armidale, following up on his Muskingum University research on the biomechanics of locomotion in the extinct giant short-faced kangaroo Procoptodon goliah. He recently presented his work thus far at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology meeting in Berlin, Germany.

Elizabeth Bullard (2012) is pursuing MS in invertebrate paleontology at the University of Cincinnati, and is continuing work on a publication with Dr. Rodland on the bioerosion of modern Brazilian brachiopods by kleptoparasitic worms, with implications for rheotaxic behavior (orienting towards currents for feeding). Her MS thesis work investigates the ecology, paleoecology, taphonomy and conservation biology of terrestrial gastropods in the Canary Islands, and enrolled in a summer program in the Bahamas to study taphonomy and ecology in a modern warm-water carbonate reef.

Alex Thomas (2012) works as a hydrogeologist for Eagon & Associates.

Tanya Jones (2012) works for Cardno ATC as a staff scientist in environmental geology.

Richard Blackmore (2011) completed his MA in Museum Studies at the University of Leicester, England.

Heather Stoller (2011) completed her MS in Geoscience at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her thesis work is focused on recently discovered dinosaur trackways in the Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area and Valley of Fire State Park. Since 2012, she has worked for geotechnical and environmental consulting companies in Nevada, Oregon and California.

Alumni Communications
Les Morris (1968) CF Moses Award Winner
Susan and Robert Johnson (1971, 1969)
Matt Eaton (1982)
Rex McClain (1984)
William Adams (1987)
Eric Caldwell (1992)
Dan Grime (1994)
John Pearch (1995)
Gregory Druschel (1995)
Phil Vasil (2000)
Nick Jordan (2000)


Also see our list of graduates since 1929.