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Joe Lebold

Joe Lebold

Geology Field Camp Director

What was your previous position and where?

I worked as a graduate teaching associate, while earning my Ph.D. in geology at West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va.

What brought you to LSU?

I came to direct and teach a field-based, capstone course for undergraduate geology majors. LSU hosts the oldest continuously-running geology field camp in North America. Our field camp program has produced many prominent leaders in the oil and gas industry, as well as in academia, since 1928.

What is your research interest?

I reconstruct ancient ecosystems by interpreting how marine animals utilized available food resources and habitats. Currently, Iím investigating how marine animal communities adapted to environmental changes related to 300 million-year-old glacially-driven sea level fluctuations.

What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?

I would like to utilize the wealth of analytical resources available at LSU to determine if changes in ocean chemistry mirror changes in the structure of ancient marine communities. I also hope to ensure that the Charles Barney Geology Field Camp maintains its status as one of the premiere field camp programs for another 80 years.

What are your major accomplishments?

Becoming a professional rock hound, and convincing my best friend in the world, Jessica McDonald, to marry me last semester

 




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