In 2007, I earned my BS in Geology in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. While at Lehigh, I was involved in a wetland monitoring program with the Lehigh Earth Observatory. This was an ongoing field and laboratory based project where I learned about groundwater monitoring. I was also fortunate enough to get my first taste of research involving glaciers under the supervision of Dr. Steve Peters and Dr. Ed Evenson. This research involved two summer field seasons investigating the geochemistry of melt water originating from the Matanuska glacier in Alaska. The first summer was part of a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) and then I returned for a second season on my own. I also attended the Lehigh field camp and returned as the camp manager after graduating.
My interest in glacial geology lead me to the Geology Department at the University of Cincinnati to begin my Masters. There, I studied the drainage of Glacial Lake Ojibway with Dr. Thomas Lowell. Glacial Lake Ojibway was a very large ice contact lake that formed along the margin of the Laurentide Ice Sheet during its retreat from the last glacial maximum. The drainage of the lake was the hypothesized cause of the 8.2 ka climate event which was a short lived but rapid cooling in the northern hemisphere. I studied the stratigraphic signature of the lake drainage from within the lake basin. In the spring of 2009, I finished my MS and decided I wanted to continue studying glaciers and lake records to examine hypotheses about past climate change. I began my PhD research at the Dartmouth Department of Earth Sciences with Dr. Meredith Kelly in the fall of 2009.
When I am not working on research, I spend as much time as possible outdoors. Hiking, cycling, climbing and skiing are among my favorite activities. I also enjoy wood working and I am a wilderness first responder.
I am involved in international outreach working with Kenyan Health Care Initiatives (KHCI). My father, Dr. Ralph Stroup, first started working in Kenya in 2008 and I took an interest shortly after. The mission of KHCI is to “alleviate human suffering by bringing improved health care and clean water to those in need—one village at a time”. All of the projects are community driven. We have developed meaningful connections to the people we work with and also get to see the impact of projects on the community. The work is very rewarding!
PhD Candidate – Current, Earth Sciences, Dartmouth College
Advisor: Dr. Meredith Kelly
M.S. 2009, Geology, University of Cincinnati
Advisor: Dr. Thomas Lowell
B.S. 2007, Geology, Lehigh University (magna cum laude)
Advisors: Dr. Stephen Peters and Dr. Edward Evenson
2009-present: Quelccaya Ice Cap, Peru (Dartmouth College)
(Developing a record of past ice extent to examine climate change mechanisms at low latitudes, the timing and role of temperature and precipitation).
2007- 2009: Lake Ojibway, Canada (University of Cincinnati)
(Timing and relationship of lake drainage to the 8200 year cooling event, using lake-core stratigraphy, seismic, multi-proxy core data (XRF chemistry, magnetic susceptibility, grain size, etc. and 14C dating techniques)
2006-07: Matanuska Glacier, AK (Lehigh University)
(Understanding sub-glacial drainage pathways, chemical weathering and CO2 sequestration)
2004-05: Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
Matanuska Glacier, AK (Lehigh University)
(An individual project was developed to investigate chemical weathering, and suspended sediment transport)
2003- 04: Lehigh Earth Observatory Internship (Lehigh University)
(Field data collection: water sampling, well measurements, stream monitoring and weather data were all compiled as part of a report for each semester)