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Fort Hays State University
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Assistant Professor of Geology

Office: Tomanek Hall 237

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Educational Background | Courses Taught | Research Interests & Specializations
Recent Publications | Awards Received | Professional Memberships | Service Activities |
Current Research | Personal Interest | Additional Resources

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Mississippi State University 2013
    Dissertation: Relating karst development to island dolomite formation using petrography, geochemistry, and geomorphology.
  • M.S. in Geology, University of South Florida 2009
    Thesis: Using 34-S as a tracer of dissolved sulfur species from springs to cave sulfate deposits in Cerna Valley, Romania.
  • B.S. in Geosciences (Professional Geology), Mississippi State University 2007
    Thesis: Summa Cum Laude

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Geology
  • Mineralogy
  • Petrology
  • Field Students in Geosciences:Field Camp

Research Interests and Specializations

  • Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)
  • Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM)
  • X-Ray Diffraction (XRD)
  • Isotope Ratio Mass Scectrometer (IRMS)
  • Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) Emission Spectrometer
  • Cathodoluminescence Microscopy (CL)
  • Petrographic Thin Sectioning and Microscopy

Publications/Abstracts & Presentations

  • Sumrall, J.B., Larson, E.B., and Mylorie, J.E. 2016. Caves within Dolomitized Sections of the Seroe Movi Formation on Curacao, Netherland Antilles: Acta Carsologica, 45(1): 19-32.
  • Kelley, D.F., Sumrall, J.L., and Sumrall, J.B., 2015. Student-Designed Mapping Project as part of a Geology Field Camo: Journal of Geoscience Education, DOI: 10.5408/14-003.1.

Honors & Awards Received

  • International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Distinguished Lecturer: Isotope Hydrology Workshop, Kingston, Jamaica, Fall 2013
  • Francis Leo Lynch Graduate Student Award, Mississippi State University 2013

Professional Memberships

  • Geological Society of America
  • National Speleological Society
  • American Association of Petroleum Geologists
  • Sigma Gamma Epsilon

Service Activities

  • Geological Society of America Karst Division Vice Chair (Spring 2016-present)
  • Geological Society of America South-Central Section ad hoc member of advisory board (Spring 2015-present)

Current Research

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Personal Interests

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Additional Resources & Links

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