Principal Investigator


Emmy Smith

Emmy is a field geologist and sedimentologist interested in the co-evolution of life, climate, the ocean, and tectonics during the Neoproterozoic and Cambrian. Her research integrates geological mapping, regional stratigraphy, sedimentology, paleontology, isotope geochemistry, and geochronology in field sites that include Mongolia, the southwest USA, Namibia, and South Africa to test hypotheses about mechanistic links between environmental change and evolutionary milestones.


You can find my CV here.

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Graduate Students


Lyle Nelson

Lyle is a first year graduate student in E&PS. He is working on Neoproterozoic Earth history questions in NW Canada and Alaska, the southwest USA, Mexico, and Namibia.


Undergraduate Students


Mackenzie Mills

My name is Mackenzie Mills and I am currently a double major in Physics and Earth & Planetary Science. Originally from Seattle, Washington, I hope to complete my PhD in a planetary science field after I complete my undergraduate degree. I have danced since I was five, I have my private pilots license and I am interested in anything that has to do with space!


Nicole Stevens

Nicole is pursuing degrees in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Earth and Planetary Science. Originally from Tampa, Florida, Nicole has been working with marine animals for many years, previously holding positions at marine laboratories and aquariums. She is currently a Dolphin Enrichment Specialist at the National Aquarium and hopes to use her skills to study the marine creatures of the past. In the Smith Lab, she has been working on L. Hardie's Andros Island Bahama cores. After graduation, she plans pursue a PhD in an earth science field and eventually do research of her own.


Lab Manager


Dana Brenner

I am a research scientist with both geology and general environmental science interests. My research focuses on understanding chemical and geochemical processes in the environment. I use a combination of laboratory experimentation, fieldwork, and computational modeling to connect micro-scale reactions to macro-scale natural processes. My research projects range from evaluating metamorphic thermal signatures with carbonate clumped isotopes to quantifying watershed scale denitrification.