Jean M Self-Trail

Biography

 

Research Geologist (2001-present), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Eastern Geology & Paleoclimate Science Center, Reston, Virginia.  I conduct basic research on calcareous nannofossil biostratigraphy, paleoclimate, lithostratigraphy, and sequence stratigraphy.  This work is focused primarily on the U.S. Atlantic Coastal Plain, for the purpose of understanding the geologic framework, the effect that changing climate had on shallow marine systems and coastal regions, and for characterizing strata that are major aquifers for water resources.  I also work on a project to produce a new geological map of the country of Qatar.

Geologist (1994-2001), USGS Eastern Earth Surface Processes Team, Reston, Virginia.  I conducted basic research on calcareous nannofossil biostratigraphy of the U.S. Atlantic Coastal Plain for the purpose of understanding the geologic framework and for characterizing strata that are major aquifers for water resources.

Physical Science Technician (1988-1994), USGS Branch of Paleontology and Stratigraphy, Reston, Virginia.  I provided technical assistance for biostratigraphy and research of U.S. Atlantic Coastal Plain strata using calcareous nannofossils and planktonic foraminifera. 

Education

Ph.D. (2001) – Geology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE.   

M.S. (1994) – Geology, University of Delaware, Newark, DE.  

B.S. (1988) – Geology, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.

Employment

2001-Present:  Research Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Eastern Geology & Paleoclimate Science Center, Reston, Virginia.

            - Staff Geologist (2015-present), Eastern Coastal Plain Geologic Mapping Project.

            - Co-Project Chief (2008-2015), Atlantic Watersheds Project.

            - Co-Project Chief (1999-2008), Carolina Conitnental Margin Project.

            - Staff Geologist (1999-2008), Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater Project.

2007-2016:  Adjunct Professor, Northern Virginia Community College, Sterling, VA, (Historical Geology, Physical Geology, Microfossil Laboratory Techniques).

2007-2013:  Graduate Faculty Appointment, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, NC.

1994-2001:  Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Eastern Earth Surface Processes Team, Reston, Virginia.

            - Staff Geologist (1995-2000), Southeastern Coastal Plain Project.

1997:  Research Assistant, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE.

1991-1993:  Teaching Assistant, University of Delaware, Newark, DE (Physical Geology, Historical Geology, Paleontology).

1988-1995:  Physical Science Technician, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Branch of Paleontology and Stratigraphy, Reston, Virginia.

Other Activities

2017-Present:  Board of Directors, Micropaleontology Press (journals Stratigraphy and Micropaleontology). 

2016-Present:  Editor for the journal Stratigraphy.

2014-Present:  Board of Trustees, Katharina von Salis Endowment, International Nannoplankton Association Foundation.  We provide a yearly grant to one graduate student for research on any subject pertaining to fossil calcareous nannoplankton.

Honor and Awards

2014    Superior Service Award (for work on PETM and Eocene hyperthermals), USGS.

2012    Adjunct Faculty of the Year (nominated), Northern Virginia Community College.

1993    Best Teaching Assistant, Department of Geology, University of Delaware.

1991    Department Scholarship, Department of Geology, University of Delaware.

1991    Women in Sciences Award, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Delaware.

Student Supervision

Yvette Maestes, (M.S. Thesis, 2001), University of Washington, Seattle, WA, Thesis: Late Cretaceous foraminiferal paleoenvironment and paleoceanography of the Rosario Formation, San Antonio Del Mar, Baja California, Mexico.

Jessica Shelton, (Senior Thesis, 2003), College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, Thesis:  The effects of the Chesapeake Bay impact on calcareous nannofossils.

Audra Shemkovitz, (M.S. Thesis, 2007), Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, Thesis: The Cape Fear Formation in the Elizabethtown and Smith ES Cores – a lithostratigraphic Comparison with a newly discovered non-marine unit of the Kure Beach Core:  North Carolina Coastal Plain.

Wilma Aleman-Gonzalez, (M.S. Thesis, 2009), George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, Thesis:  Coniacian-Santonian sequence stratigraphy of the Kure Beach and Elizabethtown cores, southeastern North Carolina Coastal Plain, USA.

Viviana Diaz, (M.S. Thesis, 2009), University of North Carolina, Wilmington, NC, Thesis: Late Cretaceous Sr isotopic and sequence stratigraphy of the Dixon Core, outer Coastal Plain, North Carolina.

Memberships in Professional Societies

Geological Society of America (GSA),

International Nannoplankton Association (INA),

Paleontological Society of Washington (PSW)