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Alyssa Bell (MS 2007)


Alyssa received a PhD in paleontology from the University of Southern California and is now a postdoc at the LA County Museum. She also works for two environmental firms doing consulting on paleo and hydrogeology and for Cal Poly Pomona, teaching Evolution for a professor on sabbatical. She was in South Africa at the IGC meeting in August and ran into Linda.

Rhiannon Mayne (PhD 2008)

Rhiannon is an Associate Professor at Texas Christian University and was recently awarded the Oscar and Juanita Monnig Chair of Meteortics and Planetary Science. This is an endowed chair, which comes with honors and responsibilities: Rhiannon is faculty member and curator of the Oscar E. Monnig Meteorite Collection, which is one of the largest university-based meteorite collections in the world. 

Click here for more information about the award.

Mark Miller (B.A. 1980)

Mark has been an R&D scientist for AquaShield, Inc. in Chattanooga since 2005.  "I never dreamed of getting into manufacturing stormwater treatment devices.  I mostly performs product development, testing and regulatory affairs for domestic and international markets."

Christian Heine (M.S. 1983)

Christian is a senior geological advisor with Saudi Aramco. He joined Quantum Reservoir Impact LLC in 2010, where he has worked in reservoirs in Mexico and Kuwait. He has been active in the Dhahran Geoscience Society and the AAPG, in which he has served in a number of positions, including the AAPG International Distinguished Lecturer for 2009/2010 and the AAPG Middle East delegate for the last 10 years.

Phillip Derryberry (M.S. 2011)

After a few years in the oil industry, Phillip is now working in Knoxville for GEOServices LLC, consulting on environmental projects.

Michael Neton (M.S. 1992)

Michael has recently worked as a qualified drilling inspector for Bauer Foundation Corporation on remediation of the Center Hill Dam in Tennessee. He currently is lead geologist for TreviIcos Corporation on remediation of the Bolivar Dam in northeastern Ohio. Michael also continues geologic and environmental consulting work with colleagues as a co-founding member of Canyon Springs LLC in Chattanooga.

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