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Melina Feitl

  • Teaching Assistant
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln

    Research interests

    TaxonomySedimentologyPaleoecologyPaleontologyDiatomsPaleolimnologyPaleoclimatology

    About

    Currently I am a PhD student at UNL. I am finishing up my master's thesis research on diatom (Cyclotella, Lindavia, Pantocksekiella) morphology from Lake El'gygytgyn (northeastern Siberia) in the hopes of publication. Currently, I am working on diatom assemblages from the "Lauca Formation" within the Lauca Basin of the Chilean Altiplano (Andes Mountains). This paleo-lake exhibits semi-arid to arid characteristics within the sedimentological record, however the diatom rich sediments have not been analyzed for assemblage changes. Diatoms serve as a powerful proxy for climate change, and within this ephemeral to perennial paleo-lake system, they can be used as a powerful indicator of precipitation-evaporation balance.

    Professional experience

    Teaching Assistant

    University of Nebraska-Lincoln

    August 2016 - Present

    Research/Teaching Assistant

    Bowling Green State University

    August 2014 - August 2016(2 years)

    Summer Intern

    Mammoth Site of Hot Springs South Dakota Inc

    May 2013 - August 2013(3 months)

    Education history

    PhD

    University of Nebraska-Lincoln

    August 2016 - Present

    MS Geology

    Bowling Green State University

    August 2014 - August 2016(2 years)

    BS Geology

    Marietta College

    August 2010 - May 2014(4 years)