Lindsey Henry; Ph.D. Student
Lindsey Henry's studies of climate change on earth during the late Paleozoic Ice Age have taken her to ancient glacial deposits in Argentina in western South America and Tasmania, an island off the southern tip of Australia.
The dissertator in Geosciences has been awarded grants from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Geological Society of America, the Geological Society of America Coal Division, and the Wisconsin Geological Society. She has also been supported by many UWM sources, including the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Department of Geosciences, a UWM Graduate School Fellowship, an Advanced Opportunity Program Fellowship, a teaching assistantship, and a research associate appointment on a Research Growth Initiative grant. She has presented her work at national and regional Geological Society of America meetings and published manuscripts in special volumes by the Geological Society of America and Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology.
Lindsey has also held internships in environmental remediation with Shaw Environmental and in oil and gas exploration with BP in Houston, Texas.
- What is your hometown?
- What are your previous degrees?
B.S. Geology, Wheaton College, M.S. Geosciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
- What is your expected graduation date?
- What is your field of study and how would you describe it to a prospective graduate student?
My specialty is glacial sedimentology, and with it I study climate change that occurred on Earth from 330 to 290 million years ago. During that time, Earth experienced an ice age that resulted in sea level fluctuations and major biotic responses. I study this ice age by examining ancient glacial deposits in Argentina and Australia in order to understand the type of glaciation and the extent of ice on Earth during that time.
- What brought you to UWM to study Geosciences for your graduate degree?
I have been able to receive the excellent training and rare opportunities from the Geosciences Department at UWM through what was originally a solution to the "two-body problem." Milwaukee is the city where both my husband and I were able to attend graduate school, and I am thankful that life worked out that way for us, because I have been able to work on a fascinating project with many opportunities for international travel that would not have been available elsewhere.
- What's been your best experience so far?
When I did a field season in Tasmania, Australia, one of my field sites was at an island with lots of Australian wildlife. The field team and I would hike out to our field sites through fields with kangaroos, wallabies, paddymelons, and wombats and then scramble around on a cliff with the most jaw-dropping sedimentary and fossil exposures I have ever seen.
- In graduate School, have you gotten the opportunity to travel as part of your education?
Yes, almost too many to count. I have had three field seasons in Argentina and a field season in Tasmania. I have gone on department field trips to the Book Cliffs of Utah and to San Salvador, Bahamas. I had the opportunity to go to a sedimentology workshop at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, and I have presented my research at conferences in Denver, Houston, Portland, and DeKalb, IL.
- What trait or thing has allowed you to succeed in graduate school?
The most important trait for success is work ethic, because the thesis will never get written if one does not work very hard on it! However, other qualities that are helpful are resilience and a sense of humor when obstacles arise.
- Do you have any advice that you would give to a new graduate student in your program?
Enjoy the intellectually stimulating environment, because it is a privilege to learn from world experts! When you are writing your thesis, make little goals for yourself, like "Write seven pages this week."
- What has been the hardest part about being a graduate student (Is there anything that you've had to "give up" as a graduate student)?
Shopping! Being a graduate student is hard on the budget, but there are other advantages, like a flexible schedule.
- What are your plans after you graduate?
After finishing my Ph.D., I would like to continue my work in geology in either the academic or corporate realm. I am interested in working as a professor at a liberal arts college, and I would also like to work in oil and gas exploration. Another interest of mine is to apply my geologic background to the development of water and agricultural resources in third world countries.
- How would you describe the Department of Geosciences at UWM to a prospective student?
One can receive a quality graduate education in geology and find special research opportunities in this department. The mid-size department provides a diversity of research niches, and faculty members are approachable and friendly.
- What has been your favorite activity while you’ve been in Graduate School in Milwaukee?
Swimming laps at the Klotsche Center with my officemate and going to Pizza Shuttle with other students in the department.
- What do you most enjoy about Milwaukee?
I appreciate the friendliness of the people of Milwaukee and the accessibility of the city. Some of my favorite Milwaukee activities are watching independent movies at the Downer and Oriental Theaters, drinking chai tea at Alterra, and enjoying the sun at Atwater Beach.