Earth Science

Earth Science Success Stories

Trevor Basham '15

Trevor Basham graduated this spring as one of the first petroleum geology majors from Muskingum University. The New Concord native says he has “been around Muskingum my whole life”; he attended preschool at Muskingum!"

Trevor participated in the Muskie Fellows program on campus the summer prior to his senior year; working with Dr. Stephen Van Horn, Professor of Geology, using a computer program to create maps showing landslide susceptibility and probability in Muskingum County. His work extended to his senior research project, which he presented at the National Geological Society of America Conference in Baltimore, Maryland in the fall of 2015.

On campus, he was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity, a member of the Geology Club and earned an induction to Omicron Delta Kappa, an academic honorary on campus.

Heidi Landis ('15)

Landis came to Muskingum from New Waterford, Ohio, and majored in geology and chemistry. While here, she spent a summer at Northern Arizona University’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU). During the eight-week session, Heidi “applied Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) dating to the lava flow of Strawberry Crater volcano in the San Francisco Volcanic Field, Arizona.”

On campus, Heidi was involved in many clubs and organizations, including Cru and the Lighthouse, two Christian life organizations; Circle K, a volunteer organization; academic groups, including American Chemical Society, Geology Club, and ODK; and World Vision and the Muskingum Anime Group. She also attended Zumba and Kelley Coffeehouse, and worked in the Student Success Center as a tutor.

Heidi found Muskingum through an online college search and, upon visiting campus, liked the size of the school. looking back, she is thankful for “the great community of students and professors; there is always someone to go to for help or advice.”

Heather Stoller '11

Stoller earned a double major in Geology and Earth Science during her time at Muskingum. After graduation, Stoller moved to Las Vegas, where she received her Master’s Degree in Geoscience at the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 2013. Her thesis focused on “on the Ichnology of the Jurassic Period

Stoller now works for Arcadis, an international engineering consulting firm, as a Geologist II and Paleontologist. She works throughout Oregon, California, and Nevada and recently assisted the excavation of Megatylopus, the largest known camel to ever exist. The specimen is the most complete found in the world.


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