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Nikki Strong

Nikki Strong

Nikki Strong

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Education

Ph.D. (Geology and Geophysics, minor in Civil Engineering) Degree conferred: 2006
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Thesis: Mass balance effects in clastic fluvial stratigraphy
Advisor: Professor Chris Paola

Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, Department of Geological Sciences
Research Topic: Bioturbation-driven mass transport in soils and unconsolidated sediments
Research Advisor: Professor David Furbish

B.S. (Geology) Degree conferred: 1996
Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, Institute of Earth Sciences

Research

INTERESTS

I am interested in cross-disciplinary research (quantitative field, experimental, and theoretical work) that applies the discipline of Earth surface dynamics to pressing present day and paleo- environmental, climate, and societal issues.

FUNDING

National Science Foundation Grant, co-author ($286,000) 2006 - 2009

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Post-doctoral Researcher, (CTRA (STRI)) 2008 – present
Stratigraphy, landscape evolution and paleo-hydraulic modeling

Post-doctoral Researcher, (NCED) 2006 – 2008
Landscape evolution and paleo-hydraulic modeling

Research Assistant, University of Minnesota 2000-2004
Physical and theoretical modeling of fluvial-deltaic sedimentary systems

Geologist, Florida Geological Survey and USGS 1997-1999
Shallow, high resolution seismic acquisition, post-processing, and interpretation

Teaching

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY SUMMARY

I believe that excellence in teaching requires a rigorous academic background, in order to be able to challenge students to their fullest extent, but at the same time requires seeing students as human beings that come from different socio-economic and cultural backgrounds with sensitivity to their individual differences and needs. No matter how hard we push students it is important to realize that they are not machines, but sensitive beings. The job of the teacher is to find the right approach that allows each student to grow to their full potential.

EXPERIENCE

FACULTY

Macalester College 2005 - 2006
Environmental Hydrology
Urban Development, Geology, and the Environment
Natural Disasters in Human History
Environmental Geology

Metropolitan State University 2004 - 2005
Introduction to Earth Science
(Geology, Meteorology, and Astronomy)

INSTRUCTOR

Industrial Short Courses, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory 2000 - 2004
(Shallow and Deep Water Sedimentary Processes)

PTTC Workshop January, 2005
Sequence Stratigraphy for Explorationists

On the Cutting Edge Workshop August, 2004
Using Physical Models in Sedimentology, Stratigraphy,
and Geomorphology Courses

TEACHING ASSISTANT

SEPM Short Course May, 2004
Sequence Stratigraphy for Graduate Students

University of Minnesota 1999-2003
Oceanography
Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
Introductory and Advanced Geological Mapping Field Camp

Florida State University 1998-1999
Physical Geology
Mineraology

Technical Skills

Physical Modeling: designed, set-up, and managed complicated flume experiments (XES Experimental Basin and wave tank, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory)

Computational: MATLAB, MATHEMATICA, VISUAL BASIC, FORTRAN, ELLIPSIS

Geochemistry: 14C sample prep and post-processing (Keck-Carbon Cycle AMS facility (KCCAMS), University of California, Irvine), XRD experiments and interpretation ((CHARFAC), University of Minnesota and the National Synchrotron Light Source at Brookhaven National Laboratory, New York), XRF experiments and interpretation (Electron Microprobe Laboratory, University of Minnesota), 15N, 13C interpretation (in collaboration with Boston University), basic geochemical analysis and descriptions (Limnological Research Center(LRC), University of Minnesota)

Geophysics: enviro-magnetic measurements and interpretation (Institute for Rock Magnetism, University of Minnesota), land and marine seismic acquisition, post-processing, and interpretation (USGS (St. Petersberg), Florida Geological Survey, and Geophysical Institute of Israel).

Mapping and Remote Sensing: Real time Kinematic GPS, GIS-based mapping (Arc-view, Arc-map, Arc-catalog), Digital Terrain Modeling (using SRTM DEMs, aerial-photo derived DEMS, topographic map derived DEMs and LANDSAT satellite images)

Awards

NSF proposal: Climate, land use, and the rise and fall of powerful Sub-Saharan 2006
African societies: Collaborative Research (Co-author)

GAANN Fellowship, Department of Geology and Geophysics, Univ. of Minnesota 2002-2003
Anderson Award, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, Univ. of Minnesota. 2002

“Best of AAPG ”, EAGE Annual meeting, Florence, Italy 2001

Summer Research Award, Department of Geology and Geophysics, Univ. of Minnesota 2000

Research Grant, Isotopic Services Inc., Los Alamos, NM 1999

Toulmin Memorial Trust Fund Research Award, Department of Geological Sciences, 1998
Florida State Univ.

GSA Sudent Travel Award 1998

Academic and Professional Services

Organizational Committee, MYRES 2008 workshop 2008
Committee member, MYRES 2008 workshop proposal 2007
Hurricane Katrina Educational Teach-in, Macalester College 2005
NCED science advisor for the Science Museum of Minnesota’s “Science Park” project 2004
Guest scientist and co-organizer of the Fon du Lac Middle School Winter and Spring Science Camps 2004
Organizer, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory Fall Seminar Series, Univ. of Minnesota 2003
Served on Faculty Search Committee for Gibson Professorship in Hydrogeology, Univ. of Minnesota 2003
Science Advisor, Scientist in Residence Program, Univ. of Minnesota 2002
Co-organizer, Department of Geology and Geophysics Seminar series, Univ. of Minnesota 2002
Co-organizer, Department of Geology and Geophysics Seminar series, Univ. of Minnesota 2000
Co-organizer, Department of Geosciences Brownbag series, Florida State Univ 1998

Publications

Strong, N., Willenbring, J., Nyssen, J., Eshetu, Z., Terwilliger, V. J. (in prep.) Natural Versus Anthropogenically Driven Environmental Change in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Strong, N., Nyssen, J., Eshetu, Z., Terwilliger, V. J. (in prep.) Environmental response to Holocene volcanism in the Northern Highlands of Ethiopia.

Tsige, G., Eshetu, Z., Huang, Y., Strong, N., Umer, M., Terwilliger, V. J. (in prep.) Palaeoenvironmental history of Northern Ethiopia from charcoal identification and carbon isotopic analyses of organic remains in buried soils.

Strong, N. and Paola, C., 2008, Valleys that never were: Time surfaces versus stratigraphic surfaces, Journal of Sedimentary Research.

Strong, N., 2006, Mass balance effects in clastic fluvial stratigraphy. PhD dissertation.

Strong, N., and Paola, C., 2006, Fluvial Landscapes and Stratigraphy in a Flume, The Sedimentary Record, v. 4, no.2.

Strong, N., Sheets, B.A., Hickson, T.A., Paola, C., 2005, A mass-balance framework for quantifying downstream changes in fluvial architecture, Blum, M., Marriott, S., Leclair, S. (eds.), Fluvial Sedimentology VII, International Association of Sedimentologists, IAS, Special Publication No. 35.

Paola, C., Mullin, J., Ellis, C., Mohrig, D.C., Swenson, J.B., Parker, G., Hickson, T.A., Heller, P.L., Pratson, L., Syvitski, J., Sheets, B.A., Strong, N., 2001, Experimental stratigraphy: GSA Today, v.11, no. 7, p. 4-9.

Freedenberg, H., Hoenstine, R., Strong, N., Dabous, A., 1998, Annual Report to the U.S. Department of Interior, Minerals Management Service Year 3. Florida Geological Survey, Tallahassee, Florida.

Freedenberg, H., Hoenstine, R., Strong, N., Trimble, C., Chen Y., Dabous, A., 1997, Annual Report to the U.S. Department of Interior, Minerals Management Service Year 2. Florida Geological Survey, Tallahassee, Florida.

CONFERENCE ABSTRACTS AND INVITED TALKS

Strong, N., Eshetu, Z., Gebru, T., Willenbring, J., Huang, Y., Terwilleger, V., 2008, Holocene Floodplain Paleosol Sequences: Natural Versus Anthropogenically Driven Environmental Change in Sub-Saharan Africa [oral presentation]. Geological Society of America annual meeting, Houston.

Strong, N. and Paola, C., 2008, Coastal Plain Incised Valley Complexes: Their Time Transgressive Nature and What They Can Tell Us about Paleo-Sea Level Fluctuations [oral presentation]. Geological Society of America annual meeting, Houston.

Strong, N., 2007, Reconstructing Climate Change (in the Northern Highlands of Ethiopia), [oral presentation], Wollo University, Dessie, Dessie, Ethiopia.

Strong, N., Terwilleger, V., Eshetu, Z., 2007, Climate, land use, and the rise and fall of powerful Sub-Saharan African societies, [oral presentation], National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Strong, N., Terwilleger, V., Eshetu, Z., 2007, Climate and land use change in Sub-Saharan Africa, [oral presentation], Large Lake Observatory, Duluth, Minnesota

Strong, N., Terwilleger, V., Eshetu, Z., 2006, Why Ethiopia is a model system for studying interactions between environment and societal development and what can Ethiopia gain from this kind of study?, (part of a three-part presentation) [oral presentation], Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Strong, N., 2006, Desktop Watershed Modeling, [oral presentation], Mekelle University, Mekelle, Ethiopia.

Strong, N., Kim, W., and Paola, C., 2005, Valleys that Never Were: Time Surfaces versus Stratigraphic Surfaces, [oral presentation], GSA annual meeting, Salt Lake City, UT.

Strong, N., Sheets, B. A., Martin, J., Kim, W., and Paola, C., 2005, An Experimental Study of Landscape and Stratigraphic Response to Fluctuations in Eustatic Sea Level, [poster presentation], GSL/ SEPM Seismic Geomorphology Conference, Houston, TX.

Strong, N., Kim, W., Sheets, B. A., Martin, J., Kelberer, M., Paola, C., and Pratson, L., 2004, An Experimental Study of Predicting Stratal Geometry and Preservation Potential from Relative Sea Level, [poster presentation], AAPG annual meeting, Dallas, Texas

Strong, N., Sheets, B. A., Kim, W., Kelberer, M., Paola, C., 2003, Efficacy of two Measures of Relative Sea Level in Predicting Stratal Geometry and Surface Morphology in an Experiment with Varying Base Level, [poster presentation], EOS Trans. AGU, Fall meeting supplement.

Strong, N., Kelberer, M., Sheets, B.A., Cazanacli, D., Paola, C., 2003, Autogenic variation in experimental depositional systems: time and space scales, and response to allocyclic forcing [oral presentation]. AAPG annual meeting, Salt Lake City, UT.

Strong, N., Fedele, J. J., Paola, C., Pratson, L., 2003, An experimental study at basin scale of valley incision and associated deposition during base-level fluctuations [poster presentation]. EGS –AGU – EUG Joint Assembly, Nice France.

Strong, N., Sheets, B. A., Kelberer, M., Kim, W., Paola, C., 2002, Evolution of valley depth and width during base-level fluctuations.[oral presentation], EOS Trans. AGU, Fall meeting supplement.

Strong, N., Paola, C., Sheets, B.A., Hickson, T.A., 2002, Chi characterization of alluvial architecture [poster presentation]. AAPG annual meeting.

Strong, N., Hickson, T.A., Paola, C., 2002, An experimental study of the effect of subsidence and water supply on fluvial architecture [invited oral presentation]. “Best of AAPG”, European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers Annual meeting, Florence, Italy.

Strong, N., 2001, Particle size-sorting in soils [oral presentation]. St. Anthony Falls Laborator Seminar Series, University of Minnesota.

Strong, N., Sheets, B.A., Hickson, T.A., Paola, C., 2001, A simple formalism for quantifying alluvial architecture [oral presentation]. 7th International Conference on Fluvial Sedimentology.

Strong, N., Hickson, T.A., Paola, C., 2001, An experimental study of the effect of subsidence and water supply on fluvial architecture [oral presentation]. AAPG annual meeting.

Strong, N., Sheets, B.A., Hickson, T.A., Cazanacli, D., Paola, C., 2000, From short term to long term deposition: observations from an alluvial basin-filling experiment [poster presentation]. EOS Trans. AGU, 81 (48), Fall meeting supplement, 2000

Strong, N., Furbish D. J., 1999, A Mechanism for particle size-sorting in soils and marine sediments [poster presentation]. Geological Society of America annual meeting, Denver.