Ronald D. Taylor

Graduate Student Researcher, Indiana State University

Paleontology/ Paleoceanography Lab

Indiana State University

Department of Earth and Environmental Systems

Science Building 159

Terre Haute, Indiana 47809

            Advisor: Dr. Anthony E. Rathburn

E-mail: Rtaylor13@indstate.edu

Phone:  812-237-3736

Fax:      812-237-3736

 

Summary

 

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Education

 

B.S., Geology, Indiana State University, May 2010

GPA                 :  3.552/4.000

GPA (In Major): 3.468/4.000

 

M.S., Earth and Quaternary Sciences, Indiana State University, Anticipated Graduation May 2012

GPA                : 3.660/4.000

 

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Research Experience

2010-Present                    Greaduate Researcher, Indiana State University

2007-2010               Undergraduate Student Researcher, Indiana State University

Paleontology/Paleoceanography Laboratory, Advisor: Dr. Anthony E. Rathburn

 

September 2007          Chosen as 1 of 3 student participants from Indiana State University on

The University of San Diego Student Research Cruise, Chief Scientist: Dr. Ron Kauffman (U. of San Diego), R/V Robert Gordon Sproul

 

June/July 2008            Chosen as 1 of 2 Student Participants from Indiana State University on

a 14-day cruise off the coast of Antarctica, Chief Scientist: Dr. Scott Ishman (U. of Southern Illinois), R/V Laurence M. Gould

 

June/July 2009            Chosen as 1 of 19 student participants from across the United States on a

                                    5-week field camp at the North Anatolian Thrust Zone in Taskesti, Turkey

                                    Chief Scientist: Dr. Nuri Uzunlar (So. Dakota School of Mining & Tech.).

 

January 2010               Chosen as the only undergraduate student participant from Indiana State

                                    University on a 7-day cruise off the coast of Costa Rica, Chief Scientist:

                                    Dr. Lisa Levin (Scripps Institution of Oceanography), R/V Atlantis

 

July/August 2010        Chosen as 1 of 3 graduate student participants from Indiana State

                                    University on a 14-day cruise off the coast of Astoria, Oregon, Chief

                                    Scientist: Dr. Lisa Levin (Scripps Institution of Oceanography), R/V

                                    Atlantis

 

 

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Published Abstracts

 

TAYLOR, Ronald, WAGGONER, Jason, RATHBURN, Anthony E., MARTIN, Jon B., BERNHARD, Joan M., PEREZ, M. Elena, GIESKES, Joris, and ZIEBIS, Wiebke.

Distributions and Stable Isotopic Composition of Rose Bengal Stained Benthic Foraminifera Inhabiting Methane Seeps in The ClamFlats Area of Monterey Bay, California.

Accepted: 2008 Geological Society of America North-Central Section Meeting, April 2008, Evansville, Indiana, GSA Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 40, No. 5, p. 27.

 

TAYLOR, Ronald, WAGGONER, Jason, RATHBURN, Anthony E., MARTIN, Jon B., BERNHARD, Joan M., PEREZ, M. Elena, GIESKES, Joris, and ZIEBIS, Wiebke.

Ecology of Methane Seep Benthic Foraminifera in the ClamFlats Area of Monterey Bay, California.

Accepted: 2008 12th Annual Undergraduate/Graduate Research Showcase, Indiana State University.

 

 

TAYLOR, Ronald, WAGGONER, Jason, RATHBURN, Anthony E., MARTIN, Jon B., BERNHARD, Joan M., PEREZ, M. Elena, GIESKES, Joris, and ZIEBIS, Wiebke.

Comparisons of Methane Seep and Non-Seep Vertical Distribution Patterns of Rose Bengal Stained Benthic Foraminifera Inhabiting The ClamFlats Area of Monterey Bay, California.

2008 McNair Achievement Program Summer Research Project, Indiana State University.

 

  

TAYLOR, Ronald, RATHBURN, Anthony E., GRAY, Cassie J., KLUESNER, Jared W., BROUILLETTE, Ellen R., WAGGONER, Jason D., PEREZ, M. Elena, GIESKES, Joris, and DEHEYN, Dimitri.

Comparisons of Different Size Fractions of Rose Bengal Stained Foraminifera Inhabiting The Venice Lagoon, Italy.

Accepted: 2008 Geological Society of America Joint Annual Meeting, October, 2008, Houston, Texas, GSA Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 40, No. 6.

 

 

 

TAYLOR, Ronald, WAGGONER, Jason, RATHBURN, Anthony E., MARTIN, Jon B., BERNHARD, Joan M., PEREZ, M. Elena, and GIESKES, Joris.

Comparisons of 63 Micron and >150 Micron Size Fractions of Rose Bengal Stained Foraminifera Inhabiting Methane-Seep Clam Beds in Monterey Bay, California.

Accepted: 2009 Geological Society of America North-Central Section Meeting, April 2009, Northern Illinois University, Rockford, Illinois, GSA Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 41, No. 4.

 

 

TAYLOR, Ronald, WAGGONER, Jason D., BAILEY, Zackary D., RATHBURN, Anthony E., and PÉREZ, M. Elena, MINOR, Dylan, MARTIN, Jonathan B., ISHMAN, Scott E.

Seasonal Comparisons of Rose Bengal Stained Benthic Foraminifera Inhabiting the Western Antarctic Peninsula shelf.

Accepted: 2009 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, October 2009, Portland Convention Center, Portland, Oregon, GSA Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 41, No. 7

 

 

BAILEY, Z.D., TAYLOR, Ronald, WAGGONER, Jason D., BAILEY, Zackary D., RATHBURN, Anthony E., and PÉREZ, M. Elena, MINOR, Dylan, MARTIN, Jonathan B., ISHMAN, Scott E.

Responses of Seafloor Organisms to Seasonal Changes in the Antarctic

Accepted:  20th Annual Argonne Symposium for Undergraduates in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics, November 2009, Argonne National Laboratory APS conference Center, Argonne, Illinois.

 

 

TAYLOR, Ronald, WAGGONER, Jason D., BAILEY, Zackary D., RATHBURN, Anthony E., and PÉREZ, M. Elena, MINOR, Dylan, MARTIN, Jonathan B., ISHMAN, Scott E.

Using Benthic Foraminifera to Assess Seasonal Changes of Marine Ecosystems in the Antarctic

Accepted: Council on Undergraduate Research 2010 Posters on the Hill, Capitol Hill, Washington D.C.

 

 

TAYLOR, Ronald1, WAGGONER, Jason D.1, BAILEY, Zackary D.1, RATHBURN, Anthony E.1, and PÉREZ, M. Elena1, MINOR, Dylan2, MARTIN, Jonathan B.2, ISHMAN, Scott E.3

Seasonal Changes of Benthic Foraminiferal Assemblages Inhabiting the Western Antarctic Peninsula Shelf

Accepted: 2010 Geological Society of America North-Central/South-Central Section Meeting, April 2010, Branson Convention Center, Branson, Missouri. GSA Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 42, No. 2.

 

 

RATHBURN, Anthony E., MARTIN, Jonathan B., WAGGONER, Jason D., TAYLOR, Ronald D., PEREZ, M. Elena, BERNHARD, Joan M.

Distribution Patterns and Isotopic Signatures of Benthic Foraminifera From Methane Seep Clam Beds: Using Rose Bengal and CellTracker Green to Evaluate Stable Isotopic Disequilibrium

Accepted: 2010 International Symposium on Foraminifera, September 2010, Bonn, Germany

 

 

LANG, Darin M.; RATHBURN, Anthony E.; BAILEY, Zack; TAYLOR, Ron; PEREZ, M. Elena ; MARTIN, Jon B.; MINER, Dylan. ; ISHMAN, Scott E.
Temporal changes in Living (stained) Benthic Foraminifera From the Gerlache Strait, Antarctica

Submitted: 2010 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, November 2010, Colorado Convention Center, Denver, Colorado.

 

 

TAYLOR, Ronald, RATHBURN, Anthony E., BAILEY, Zackary D., LANG, Darin M., PÉREZ, M. Elena, MINOR, Dylan, MARTIN, Jonathan B., ISHMAN, Scott E.

Intra-Annual Changes in Benthic Foraminiferal Assemblages Inhabiting the Shelf of the Western Antarctic Peninsula

Accepted: 2010 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, November 2010, Colorado Convention Center, Denver, Colorado. Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 85, No. 5

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Presentations

 

Annual Geological Society of America North-Central Section Meeting

            Evansville, Indiana, April 2008, Poster Presentation.

TAYLOR, Ronald, WAGGONER, Jason, RATHBURN, Anthony E., MARTIN, Jon B., BERNHARD, Joan M., PEREZ, M. Elena, GIESKES, Joris, and ZIEBIS, Wiebke.

Distributions and Stable Isotopic Composition of Rose Bengal Stained Benthic Foraminifera Inhabiting Methane Seeps in The ClamFlats Area of Monterey Bay, California.

 

 

 

12th Annual Indiana State University Undergraduate/Graduate Research Showcase

            Terre Haute, Indiana, April 2008, Poster Presentation.

TAYLOR, Ronald, WAGGONER, Jason, RATHBURN, Anthony E., MARTIN, Jon B., BERNHARD, Joan M., PEREZ, M. Elena, GIESKES, Joris, and ZIEBIS, Wiebke.

Ecology of Methane Seep Benthic Foraminifera in the ClamFlats Area of Monterey Bay, California.

 

 

Invited Speaker, Introduction to Geology (Geology 160) Class, Geology Program

            Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana. PowerPoint Presentation;

            24-hour Research Cruise in San Diego, California on the R/V Robert Gordon Sproul.

 

 

16th Annual McNair Scholars Research Conference

            University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), Baltimore, Maryland September

            2008, Poster Presentation.

TAYLOR, Ronald, WAGGONER, Jason, RATHBURN, Anthony E., MARTIN, Jon B., BERNHARD, Joan M., PEREZ, M. Elena, GIESKES, Joris, and ZIEBIS, Wiebke.

Comparisons of Methane Seep and Non-Seep Vertical Distribution Patterns of Rose Bengal Stained Benthic Foraminifera Inhabiting The ClamFlats Area of Monterey Bay, California.

 

 

 2008 Geological Society of America Joint Annual Meeting

            Houston, Texas, October 2008, Poster Presentation.

TAYLOR, Ronald, RATHBURN, Anthony E., GRAY, Cassie J., KLUESNER, Jared W., BROUILLETTE, Ellen R., WAGGONER, Jason D., PEREZ, M. Elena, GIESKES, Joris, and DEHEYN, Dimitri.

Comparisons of Different Size Fractions of Rose Bengal Stained Foraminifera Inhabiting The Venice Lagoon, Italy.

 

 

Annual Geological Society of America North-Central Section Meeting

            Northern Illinois University, Rockford, Illinois, April 2009, Poster Presentation.

TAYLOR, Ronald, WAGGONER, Jason, RATHBURN, Anthony E., MARTIN, Jon B., BERNHARD, Joan M., PEREZ, M. Elena, and GIESKES, Joris.

Comparisons of 63 Micron and >150 Micron Size Fractions of Rose Bengal Stained Foraminifera Inhabiting Methane-Seep Clam Beds in Monterey Bay, California.

 

 

Celebration of Student Scholarship Symposium

            Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana, April 2009, Poster Presentation.

TAYLOR, Ronald, WAGGONER, Jason, RATHBURN, Anthony E., MARTIN, Jon B., BERNHARD, Joan M., PEREZ, M. Elena, and GIESKES, Joris.

Comparisons of 63 Micron and >150 Micron Size Fractions of Rose Bengal Stained Foraminifera Inhabiting Methane-Seep Clam Beds in Monterey Bay, California.

 

9th Annual McNair Scholars Research Conference

            Indiana State University (ISU), Terre Haute, Indiana, October 2009, Poster Presentation.

TAYLOR, Ronald, WAGGONER, Jason D., BAILEY, Zackary D., RATHBURN, Anthony E., and PÉREZ, M. Elena, MINOR, Dylan, MARTIN, Jonathan B., ISHMAN, Scott E.

Seasonal Comparisons of Rose Bengal Stained Benthic Foraminifera Inhabiting the Western Antarctic Peninsula shelf.

 

 

2009 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting

            Portland, Oregon, October 2009, Poster Presentation

TAYLOR, Ronald, WAGGONER, Jason D., BAILEY, Zackary D., RATHBURN, Anthony E., and PÉREZ, M. Elena, MINOR, Dylan, MARTIN, Jonathan B., ISHMAN, Scott E.

Seasonal Comparisons of Rose Bengal Stained Benthic Foraminifera Inhabiting the Western Antarctic Peninsula shelf.

 

 

2010 Geological Society of America North-Central/South-Central Section Meeting

            Branson Convention Center, Branson, Missouri, April 2010, Poster Presentation

            TAYLOR, Ronald, WAGGONER, Jason D., BAILEY, Zackary D., RATHBURN,        Anthony E., and PÉREZ, M. Elena, MINOR, Dylan, MARTIN, Jonathan B.,            ISHMAN, Scott E.

            Seasonal Changes of Benthic Foraminiferal Assemblages Inhabiting the Western   Antarctic Peninsula Shel

 

 

Council on Undergraduate Research 2010 Posters on the Hill Conference

            Rayburn House Office Building, Capitol Hill, Washington D.C. April 2010, Poster            Presentation.

            TAYLOR, Ronald, WAGGONER, Jason D., BAILEY, Zackary D., RATHBURN,        Anthony E., and PÉREZ, M. Elena, MINOR, Dylan, MARTIN, Jonathan B., ISHMAN,     Scott E.

            Using Benthic Foraminifera to Assess Seasonal Changes of Marine Ecosystems in the       Antarctic

 

Invited Speaker, Introduction to Environmental Science (Geology 110) Class, Dept. of Earth and Environmental Systems

            Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana. PowerPoint Presentation;

            2008 Research Cruise in Antarctica on the R/V Laurence M. Gould.

 

 

Invited Speaker, Introduction to Environmental Science (Geology 110) Class, Dept. of Earth and Environmental Systems

            Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana. PowerPoint Presentation;

            2010 Research Cruise in Costa Rica on the R/V Atlantis.

 

 

2010 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting

            Denver, Colorado, October 2010, Poster Presentation

TAYLOR, Ronald, RATHBURN, Anthony E., BAILEY, Zackary D., LANG, Darin M., PÉREZ, M. Elena, MINOR, Dylan, MARTIN, Jonathan B., ISHMAN, Scott E.

Intra-Annual Changes in Benthic Foraminiferal Assemblages Inhabiting the Shelf of the Western Antarctic Peninsula

 

Invited Speaker, Biology I Advanced Class, Science Department

             West Vigo High School, West Terre Haute, Indiana, PowerPoint Presentation; Indiana State University Department of Earth and Environmental Systems Paleoceanography Lab

Research Opportunities: Research of Benthic Foraminifera_____________________________________________________________

Awards

 

2008    McNair Achievement Scholar

 

2008    Indiana State University Deans List (Spring Semester)

 

2008    Geological Society of America Foundation Award for Best Undergraduate Presentation at

            The 2008 North-Central Section Meeting

2008    1st Annual ISU Heart of Education Campus Photo Contest Academic/Experiential Learning- 1st Place

2009    2nd Annual ISU Heart of Education Campus Photo Contest Academic/Experiential Learning- 2nd Place

2009    Richard G. Landini Outstanding Junior Award

 

2009    Indiana State University Geology Program Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher

 

2009    Indiana State University Study Abroad Scholarship (Summer II session in Turkey)

 

2009    9th Annual McNair Research Conference Award for Best Poster Presentation

 

2010    Alan C. Rankin Distinguished Senior Award Finalist

 

2010    Indiana State University Earth and Environmental Systems Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher

2010    Indiana State University Deans List (Spring Semester)

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Positions Held

 

2007-2010       Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leader for Introduction to Geology (Geology 160)                      

                        Instructor: Dr. Prodip Dutta

2008-2010       Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leader for Introduction to Geology (Geology 160)                      

                        Instructor: Dr. Sandra Brake

2008-2010       Teaching Assistant (TA) for Introduction to Geology (Geology 160) Lab

                        Instructor: Dr. Sandra Brake

2009-2010       Student Mentor for Historical Geology (Geology 270)

                        Instructor: Dr. Tony Rathburn

2009-2010       Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leader for Introduction to Geology (Geology 160)                      

                        Instructor: Dr. Tony Rathburn

2010-Present   Teaching Assistant (TA) for Historical Geology (Geology 270) Lab

                        Instructor: Dr. Tony Rathburn

2010-Present   Teaching Assistant (TA) for Introduction to Environmental Science            (Environmental 110) Lab Instructor: Dr. Jennifer Latimer

 

 

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Relevant Skills

 

·         Microscopic analysis of microfossils

·         Collection and processing of core samples

·         Preservation of core samples

·         Knowledge in the use of Rose Bengal and Cell Tracker Green staining processes

·         Data analysis and evaluation of sediment samples

·         Experience with deployment/recovery of scientific equipment including: Multicorers, Megacorers, CTD, Plankton Tows, XTC sensors

·         Mapping experience including the use of GPS, Jacob’s Staff, Brunton Compass 

Knowledge of data recording and observation procedures with submersible ALVIN and the remotely operated vehicle JASON II.

 

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Professional and Club Affiliations

 

2005-Present   American Legion- Member

 

2006-Present   Terre Haute German Oberlandler Club- Member

 

2007 - 2009     Indiana State University Earth Science Club- Vice-President

 

2008-Present   Geological Society of America (GSA) - Member

 

2008-Present   Sigma Alpha Lambda National Leadership & Honors Organization- Member

 

2008-Present   American Geophysical Union (AGU) – Member

 

2009- 2010      Indiana State University Earth Science Club- President

 

2009-Present   American Institute of Professional Geologists- Member

 

2009-Present   Paleontological Society- Member

 

2009-2010       Council on Undergraduate Research- Member

 

2009-Present   The Cushman Foundation for Foraminiferal Research- Member

 

2010-Present   Indiana State University Environmental Club- Member

 

 

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Field Experience/Research Expeditions

 

September 2007          Pacific Coast, San Diego, California- Collected sediment samples for analysis of Benthic organisms at three (3) sites off the coast of San Diego/La Jolla.

 

April 2008                   Madison, Indiana- Collected marine fossils from the Early to Late Ordovician Period

 

April 2008                   St. Francois Mountains, Farmington, Missouri- Studied Igneous/Metamorphic petrology of volcanic mountain ranges.

 

June/July 2008            Northern Gerlache / Southern Bransfield Straits, Antarctica- Collected sediment samples for analysis of benthic organisms at seven (7) sites off the coast of Antarctica.

 

August 2008               Terre Haute, Indiana- Conducted data collection on Lichens to develop a proxy record of the local area.

 

September 2008          Jasonville, Indiana- Collected Dendrochronological core samples for research analysis.

 

September 2008          Putnamville, Indiana- Conducted a geologic reconstruction history/ depositional environment study of sedimentary rock layers from the Mississippian and Pennsylvanian Periods.

 

March 2009                 Moab, Utah- Participated in a mapping project of the Salt Anticline structure near Arches National Park.

 

March 2009                 Brazil, Indiana- Conducted a stratigraphic study of an Oxbow lake structure at Cagle’s Mill State Park.

 

April 2009                   Terre Haute, Indiana- Collected soil samples of historical home sites in the area to test for lead contamination levels.

 

June/July 2009            Taskesti, Turkey- Participated in a 5-week Field Camp mapping the North Anatolian Thrust Zone (NATZ). Sponsored by the South Dakota School of Mining and Technology, Chief Scientist Dr. Nuri Uzunlar.

 

January 2010               Puntarenas, Costa Rica- Participated in a 7-day research cruise studying a cold methane seep marine environments off the coast of Costa Rica.

 

March 2010                 Terre Haute, Indiana- Conducted core sampling and obtained soil samples for geochemical analysis at the development site of the future Vigo County Riverscape Wetlands Reserve.

 

July/August 2010        Astoria, Oregon- Participated in a 14-day research cruise studying cold methane seep marine environments off the coast of Oregon.

 

October 2010              Terre Haute, Indiana- studied the Geoarchaeological stratigraphy of the Vigo County area at various sites throughout the area.

 

March 2011                 Mitchell, Indiana- collected water samples from Spring Mills cave site to analyze the amount of carbonate dissolution within the water system.

 

March 2011                 Indiana State University- led a group of undergraduate students in the collection soil samples to conduct geochemical analysis for environmental impacts.

 

March 2011                 Cagles Mill, Putnamville, Indiana- assisted Dr. Tony Rathburn instructing a group of undergraduates in completing a geologic reconstruction history/ depositional environment study of sedimentary rock layers from the Mississippian and Pennsylvanian Periods.

 

April 2011                   Madison, Indiana-  assisted Dr. Tony Rathburn instructing a group of undergraduates in the collection of marine fossils from the Early to Late Ordovician Period.

 

May 2011                    Green Valley Coal Mine, West Terre Haute, Indiana- collected water samples from an acid mine drainage ditch in order to analyze contamination levels of the water.

 

July 2011                     San Diego, California- Participated in an 8-day cruise studying the effects of sediment sizes on the presence of Trochammina spp. Inhabiting a depth transect between San Diego, California and Santa Barbara, California.

 

August 2011               Astoria, Oregon- Participated in a 8-day research cruise studying cold methane seep marine environments off the coast of Oregon.

 

September 2011          Terre Haute, Indiana- Conducted core sampling and obtained soil samples for geochemical analysis and tree cores for dendrochronological analysis at the development site of the future Wabashiki State Fish and Wildlife Area.

 

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Additional Experiences/Volunteer Work

 

February 2009-            Mentored two (2) Jr. High School students participating in the Sectional

March 2009                 Science Olympiad Competition in the field of Paleontology.

                                    Instructor: Mr. Chad LeDune, Carlisle Jr. High School, Carlisle, Indiana.

                                    (The students received a 2nd place finish in the Paleontology portion of the competition at sectionals and a 15th place finish overall at the regional level).

 

January 2009-              Mentored one student in Geology 270: Historical Geology during the

May 2009                    course of the Spring 2009 semester.

 

 

March 2010-                Mentored Ivy Tech students in fields of science and mathematics in

Present                        preparation for upcoming placement testing for the Fall 2010 semester.

 

May 2011                    Mentored Brownie Scout Troop #1785 in fossil identification to meet

                                  qualifications in earning their fossil merit badges. Troop Leader: Mrs. Amanda

                                  Martin