Dan Peppe, Associate Professor


Dan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geosciences at Baylor University.

Dan’s CV [pdf]

Google Scholar,, Publons

Contact: daniel_peppe at




Caitlin Leslie, PhD student


Caitlin’s dissertation is focused on reconstructing the depositional history of Cretaceous – Paleocene deposits in the Dawson Creek area in Big Bend National Park and of the early Paleocene Nacimiento Formation in the San Juan Basin, New Mexico, USA..


Contact: caitlin_leslie at



Adam Davis, PhD student


 Adam is using alluvial stacking pattern analyses, sedimentology, and paleosol analyses in the early Paleocene Nacimiento Formation to assess extrinsic vs. intrinsic controls on changes in depositional environments across the San Juan Basin, New Mexico, USA.


Contact: adam_davis1 at


Andrew Flynn, PhD student

Andrew’s dissertation is focused on reconstructing the flora, paleoclimate, and paleocology of the Early Paleocene Ojo Alamo Sandstone and Nacimiento Formation in the San Juan Basin, New Mexico, USA.


Contact: andrew_flynn at


Aly Baumgartner, PhD student

Aly’s dissertation is focused on assessing the relationship between the size and shape of leaves and climate in modern African floras in order to develop a paleoclimate proxy that can be applied to African fossil leaves. Aly is also assessing how climate and development affect leaf morphology in several species of Vitis.


Contact: aly_baumgartner at



Joe Milligan, PhD student


Joe’s research is focused on reconstructing atmospheric CO2 in the early and middle Paleocene using fossil leaves from the Nacimiento Formation in the San Juan Basin, New Mexico, USA.


Contact: joseph_milligan at



Kennedy Oginga, MS student


Kennedy’s research is focused on reconstructing the paleoenvironment, paleoclimate, and depositional history of Early Miocene hominoid-bearing sites in the Tinderet area in western Kenya.


Contact: kennedy_ogonda at


Jenn Wagner, MS student

Jenn’s research will be focused on the Paleocene and Eocene floras of the Gulf Coastal Plain in Texas.

contact: jenn_wagner at


Lab Alumni

Emily Beverly (PhD graduate)

now NSF Postdoctoal Fellow at University of Michigan [website]




Lauren Michel (PhD graduate)

now Assistant Professor in Earth Sciences at Tennessee Tech [website]



Casee Lemons (MS graduate)

now at Texas Bureau of Economic Geology [website]

MS Thesis


Alex Van Plantinga (MS graduate)

now Postdoctoral Research Fellow at George Mason University [website]

MS Thesis







Undergraduate BS Thesis students

Tyler Leggett, BS 2017, now graduate student at Baylor University

Jeannie Freeman, BS 2017, [linkedin]

Brittany Abbuhl, BS 2016, now graduate student at Colorado School of Mines, [linkedin]

Mike Loudermilk, BS 2015, now Party Chief at Maples & Associates Surveyors, [linkedin]

Nicky Arellano, BS 2015, now graduate student at Oregon State University, [website], [honors thesis]

Will Fenley, BS 2014, now Geologist at Saunders Oil and Gas [linkedin]

Mark McCollum, BS 2013, now Oil and Gas Technical Specialist at Railroad Commission of Texas, [linkedin]

Dillon DeGarmo, BS 2103, now Geologist at Apache Corporation, [linkedin]

Blake Taylor, BS 2013,  now Forecasting Analyst at National Oilwel Varco, [linkedin]

Will Horner, BS 2012, now Geologist at Anadarko, [linkedin]

Lynsday DiPietro, BS 2011, now PhD candidate at Baylor University, [Researchgate]