Dan Peppe, Associate Professor

Dan Peppe

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

Dan’s CV [pdf]

Google Scholar,, Publons

Contact: daniel_peppe at


Current Students and Postdocs

Sifan Koriche, Postdoctoral Researcher

Sifan Koriche head shot

Sifan’s research is focused on climate modeling of past, present, and future climates and on hydrological process modeling. At Baylor, Sifan will be working on a climate and hydrological modeling project on Lake Victoria’s past, present, and future climate.

Sifan’s Website

Contact: sifan_koriche at

Kahsay Nugsse Tesfay, PhD student

Kahsay Nugsse Tesfay

Kahsay’s research is focused on using paleomagnetism, tectonics, and geochronology to reconstruct the late Miocene – Pleistocene history of the Afar Depressions in Ethiopia.

Contact: KahsayNugsse_Tesfay1 at


Venanzio Munyaka, PhD student

Venanzio’s research is focused on using paleobotanical methods to reconstruct the climate, ecology, and ecosystems of early and middle Miocene floras in eastern Africa and to develop refined paleobotanical proxies for paleoclimate.


Dava Butler, PhD student

Dava’s research is focused on understanding the taphonomy, paleoecology, and osteological pathologies of mammoths at the Waco Mammoth National Monument.


Ashley Gonzalez, MS student

Ashley’s research is focused on reconstructing the paleoclimate and paleoenvironment of the Waco Mammoth National Monument.


Lab Alumni

PhD Graduates

Joe Milligan (PhD graduate)

Assistant Professor, Washington College [website]



Andrew Flynn (PhD graduate)

Postdoctoral Researcher at Smithsonian Institution [website]


Aly Baumgartner (PhD graduate)

Collections Manager of Vascular Plants, University of Michigan Herbarium [website]


Caitlin Leslie (PhD graduate)

Geologist at Pioneer Natural Resources [website]


Emily Beverly (PhD graduate)

Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota [website]


Lauren Michel (PhD graduate)

Associate Professor in Earth Sciences at Tennessee Tech [website]


MS graduates

Jie Geng (MS graduate)

Des Thorne (MS graduate)

MS thesis

Danielle Gygi (MS graduate)

Danielle Gygi

Project Manager, Whitehead E.S. LLC [website]

MS thesis

Adam Davis (MS graduate)

QA/QC Specialist Technician at Wood [website]

MS thesis

Jenn Wagner (MS student)

PhD student in Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley [website]

MS thesis



 Kennedy Oginga (MS student)

Geosteering Geologist at Terra Guidance, Inc. [website]

MS Thesis

Casee Lemons (MS graduate)

Director of Geosciences at Sourcewater, Inc. [website]

MS Thesis

Alex Van Plantinga (MS graduate)

Research Analyst at Riverside Technology Inc. [website]

MS Thesis

Undergraduate BS Thesis students

Jie Geng, BS 2019, graduate student at Baylor University

Michaela Donahoo, BS 2018, graduate student at TCU [website]

Tyler Leggett, BS 2017, graduate student at University of Pittsburg [website]

Jeannie Freeman, BS 2017

Brittany Abbuhl, BS 2016, OSP Engineer- GIS Solutions [linkedin]

Mike Loudermilk, BS 2015

Nicky Arellano, BS 2015, graduate student at University of Houston [honors thesis] [website]

Will Fenley, BS 2014, Director Of Business Development at Intrepid Potash [linkedin]

Mark McCollum, BS 2013, Geology & Regulatory Specialist at Verdun Oil Company [linkedin]

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

Blake Taylor, BS 2013, Senior Business Analyst at Able Grid Energy Solutions [linkedin]

Will Horner, BS 2012, Associate Geoscientist, Scotiabank [linkedin]

Lynsday DiPietro, BS 2011, Visiting Lecturer, Baylor University [Researchgate]