About the Organizers

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Elizabeth Sibert

Elizabeth Sibert is a Hutchinson Fellow at Yale University. Elizabeth fell in love with the ocean as a kid and never looked back. She studied biology in undergrad, and received her PhD in Oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 2016. Elizabeth uses microfossils, especially tiny fish teeth and shark scales, to study the evolutionary and ecological response of marine consumers to global change, combining her two favorite topics: paleobiology and biological oceanography. In her spare time, Elizabeth can often be found upsidedown in the air as a professional-level circus artist. Elizabeth’s other work includes 3D printing fossils and improving accessibility, access, and inclusion in STEM, particularly geosciences and oceanography.

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Rehemat Bhatia

Rehemat has been exploring research council life in the UK over the past few years. Up til very recently she facilitated panels and peer review for various environmental science themed funding calls (both senior scientist and ECR focused). Currently she is adventuring in the world of strategy and planning. Prior to this, Rehemat was a postdoc at the University of Bristol, and completed her PhD at University College London. Her research focused on using the geochemistry of deep time planktic foraminifera to understand more about their palaeoecologies and responses to dramatic climatic change. Rehemat is The Micropalaeontological Society’s Publicity Officer, the Earth Science Women’s Network’s Co-Chair for Member Events, and an active advocate for equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility in STEM. She also loves taking part in science outreach activities talking to the public and school/community groups about the awesomeness of earth & ocean sciences and foraminifera.

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Jana Burke

Dr. Jana Burke is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Michigan State University. She is a micropaleontologist and paleoceanographer who works primarily with planktonic foraminifera. She is particularly interested in the ways that individual organisms, species, and communities change in response to changes in their environment, which is probably a good thing given the transitory nature of ECR life. Jana first fell in love with the pal(a)eo-sciences as an undergraduate at Smith College and recently completed her PhD at Yale University. Jana is a fan of wise-cracking, handicrafts, and scream-singing at karaoke. She is also passionate about contributing to a strong, supportive, inclusive community of pal(a)eo-ECRs.

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Pedro Godoy

Pedro is currently a NSF Postdoctoral Associate at Stony Brook University (USA), and will soon (February 2021) be starting a new position as a “Young Talent” Capes Postdoctoral Fellow at the Federal University of Paraná (Brazil). Pedro works on fossil reptiles, with a special focus on crocodylians and their extinct relatives (the crocodylomorphs). He did his PhD at the University of Birmingham (UK), and his MSc and BSc at the University of São Paulo (Brazil). Pedro has been working on fossil crocodylomorphs for nearly 10 years, exploring their evolution, systematics and paleobiology, which led him to visit many museum collections around the world. In particular, he is very interested in the long-term processes involved in the morphological variation exhibited by this amazing group of reptiles.

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Chrissy Hall

Chrissy is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Connecticut, having finished her PhD at the University of California Riverside in 2019. Chrissy is broadly interested in how life responded to different environmental changes in the past. She is also a micropaleontologist, but works on Cenozoic ostracodes and also still plays around with the non-microfossil tri-radially symmetric Ediacaran fossils she worked on for her Master’s. Chrissy also really enjoys being involved in geoscience outreach activities, especially at grade schools and community events.

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Natasha Sekhon

Natasha Sekhon is currently wrapping up her dissertation at the University of Texas at Austin. She will be starting as a Voss Postdoctoral and Presidential Diversity Fellow at Brown University in Fall 2021. Natasha’s research interests lie in investigating terrestrial climate change over seasonal to millennial timescales through the Holocene. She uses the geochemistry of stalagmites from caves to reconstruct past climate change trends beyond the instrumental record. Natasha also works on characterizing modern cave systems that ultimately modulate the geochemical signals in stalagmites. She does so through continual monitoring of cave parameters such as cave ventilation, cave drip water, cave temperature to name a few. In addition to spending a lot of time in the subterranean world, Natasha is interested in increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM through outreach activities. She occasionally hosts radio shows that discusses science through fieldwork and music.

Past Organizers

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Catherine Davis

Kate Davis is a Donnelley Postdoctoral Associate at Yale University. After abandoning early career ambitions of “time-traveller” Catherine instead turned to micropaleontology and paleoceanography, completing her PhD at the University of California Davis in 2016. Her research focuses on how microfossils record their environment and the use of microfossil and sedimentary records to reconstruct oceanographic changes beyond the instrumental record. Kate is especially interested in acidification and deoxygenation in the pelagic ocean and how that impacts the biosphere, as well as in all things foraminiferal.

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Andy Fraass

Andy is the Vice Chancellor’s Fellow in Earth Science at the University of Bristol. Andy is yet another micropaleontologist, and yes, works with planktic foraminifera. He’s moved around a lot in academia, starting at the University of Wisconsin, then University of Massachusetts (PhD), then the National Museum of Natural History, and finally Sam Houston State University before ending up in Bristol, until he drags his family to Canada next year. He’s interested in Cenozoic and Cretaceous paleoceanography, macro- and microevolution, and stratigraphy. He writes occasionally for Time Scavengers (timescavengers.org). With two kids in lockdown you will likely not see him during talks or you will with a toddler in his lap.

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