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Melissa Hicks 1362 Dorothy Ave _4 Las Vegas_ NV. 89119 702-895

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									                                      Melissa Hicks
                                   1362 Dorothy Ave #4
                                  Las Vegas, NV. 89119
                                      702-895-1162
                                 hicksm@unlv.nevada.edu


Education:
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
       Ph.D. Candidate
       Geoscience
       GPA: 3.9/4.0
       Currently enrolled in the Graduate Student Professional Development in College
       Teaching Program

University of Nevada, Las Vegas
       Masters of Science, December, 2001
       Geoscience
       GPA: 3.8/4.0

Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA.
        Bachelor of Science, May, 1999
        Geology
        GPA: 3.4/4.0


Geological Work Experience:
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Instructor for GEY 120, Natural Disasters, Spring 2004 and Fall 2005
                • Created syllabus
                • Created lectures on geology and weather and their relation to natural
                   disasters and on mitigating natural disasters
                • Created and graded all homework assignments and exams

University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Research Assistant, Spring 2003 and Fall 2003
               • Describe sediment cores
               • Utilized Laser Particle Analyzer

University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Paleontology Teacher’s Assistant, Fall semesters 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002
Historical Geology Teacher’s Assistant, Spring semester, 2000 and 2001
Field II Teacher’s Assistant, Spring Semester, 2002
                • Created laboratory exercises and tests
                • Lectured students on geology and paleontology
                • Co-led day and weekend field trips


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               •   Graded laboratory exercises and tests

National Parks Service
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Florissant, CO.
        Summer Paleontological Intern, 1997
                • Fieldwork, monitoring active and inactive pits, geological assessment
                    for prospective pits.
                • Laboratory work, preparing and cataloging specimens for further
                    research.

Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA
Introduction to Geology Teacher’s Assistant, Fall and Spring semesters 1997-1999.
                • Taught Introductory to Geology laboratory exercises that were
                   prepared by the lecturing professor.
                • Co-led day field trips.


Technology Skills:
Ability to work with Windows, Corel Photo, Corel Draw, Illustrator, WebCT, ArcView
GIS, Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, Access, and Power Point.
Use of petrographic microscope, Scanning Electron Microscope, Mastersizer 2000
HydroS Laser Particle Analyzer, Cathodoluminesence, and thin section production
equipment. I also have microdrilled samples for isotopic analyses and, in particular,
prepared powered samples for Sr and C analyeses.


Research:
Ph.D. Dissertation Research:
Characterizing the global decline of archaeocyathan reefs: Nevada and China
                • Field work in Shannxi and Hubei, China and Esmeralda County,
                    Nevada, Summer 2001 and 2002
                • Laboratory work 2001-2004
                • Intensive study of archaeocyath taxonomy with Francoise Debrenne at
                    the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, in Paris during September
                    2004.

Master’s Thesis entitled:
Paleoecology of Lower Cambrian archaeocyathan reefs in Esmeralda County, Nevada
               • Summer 2000 field work in Esmeralda County, NV
               • Laboratory work, 2000-2001 at UNLV
               • Poster at GSA annual meeting in Reno, NV, 2000
               • Poster at North American Paleontological Conference, Berkeley, Ca,
                    2001
               • Defended finding orally and in a formal paper




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Undergraduate Senior Thesis entitled:
The Paleoecology of the Devils Hollow Member of the Lexington Limestone Formation,
              Middle Ordovician, Central Kentucky
              • Summer 1998 fieldwork in Central Kentucky
              • Laboratory work, 1998-1999 at Juniata College, PA
              • Presentation at Northeastern Sectional meeting of the Geological
                  Society of America in Providence, RI., 1999.
              • Defended findings in a formal paper



Honors:
Awarded the President’s Graduate Fellowship, 2004
Best Thesis Award, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2001
Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science Best Student Paper Award, 2001
University of Nevada, Las Vegas Graduate Student Association
                        Forum, Best Poster or Talk, 2001, 2003, 2005
Dean’s List, Juniata College in 1998

Funding:
UNLV Summer Session 2002, 2005 (cumulative $4,000)
Geological Society of America grant in 2000 ($810), 2003 ($1,550)
Cambrian Research Institute Grant, 2003 ($1,000)
American Museum of Natural History Grant in 2002 ($1,000)
Paleotological Society grant in 2002 ($500)
Arizona-Nevada Academy of Sciences in 2002 ($250)
UNLV Geoscience grant in 2000-2004 (cumulative $5,500)
UNLV GREAT scholarship 2002 ($3,600—summer stipend)
UNLV Graduate Professional Student Association grants in
                        1999-2005 (cumulative $4,000)
Paleobiological Fund grant in 2000 ($700)
American Association of Petroleum Geologists Grant in 1999($606)

Professional Societies:
Geological Society of America,
Paleontological Society,
American Association of Petroleum Geologists
Society for Sedimentary Petrology,
Geological Society of Nevada (Secretary),
National Association of Geoscience Teachers,
American Institute of Professional Geologists
Association of Engineering Geologists

Service:
Co-chaired session at 2005 GSA Cordilleran Section Meeting on Microbialites
Co-organized pre-meeting field trip for the 2005 GSA Cordillearn Section meeting


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                entitled “Microbialite sediments in the Death Valley Area”
Co-taught pre-meeting short course at 2004 annual GSA meeting in Denver entitled
        “Neoproterozoic--Cambrian Biological Revolutions”
American Association of Petroleum Geologists UNLV Student Chapter
        Vice-President 2004
Managed the bimonthly UNLV Faculty, Staff, Graduate, and Undergraduate Social
        2000-2005
Graduate liaison during Spring 2004 Carbonate Geologist Faculty Search
Member of Friends of the Nevada Wilderness
Co-manage weekly Geoscience Departmental Seminar 2004-2005
Judge for High School Science Posters

Publications:

       Manuscripts

Hicks, Melissa, 2006, A new genus of Early Cambrian coral in Esmeralda County,
       southwestern Nevada: Journal of Paleontology, v. 80, no. 4, (in press)

Hicks M., 2002, Correlating Early Cambrian archaeocyathan-built reefs across North
       America and China: Stratigraphy of the Xiannudong Formation: Arizona-Nevada
       Academy of Science, Graduate Student Grant-in-Aid Award, 2002. Available
       from: http://www.geo.arizona.edu/anas/awards/mhicks03.pdf

Rowland, S.M. and Hicks, M., (in review), Late Cambrian/Middle Cambrian/Early
      Cambrian/Ichnocambrian, submitted to Geology

Hicks, M. and Rowland, S.M. (in prep.), Systematic and morphologic trends in Early
       Cambrian archaeocyaths: tracking organism variations and climate change,
       for submittal to Palaios

Hicks, M. Rowland, S.M. (in prep.), Paleoecologic study of the northern portion of the
       Yangtze Platform: Bahamas-type facies in the Early Cambrian, for submittal to
       Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology

Hicks, M. and Rowland, S.M., (in prep.), Chemostratigraphic analysis of Early Cambrian
       microbial reefs, archaeocyathan reefs, and associated facies in Nevada and South
       China: surprising story of stasis, for submittal to the Journal of Sedimentary
       Research


       Field Guides and Short Courses

Anderson, Thomas B., Hicks, Melissa, Shaprio, Russell S., 2005, Microbialite sediments
       in the Death Valley Area, in Stevens, C., Cooper, J. eds., Western Great Basin
       Geology: Joint meeting of the Cordilleran GSA and Pacific Section AAPG,
       Guidebook 99, p.67,90-107


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Hicks, Melissa, 2005, Toyonian archaeocyathan-microbial reefs in the Upper part of the
       Harkless Formation, in Stevens, C., Cooper, J. eds., Western Great Basin
       Geology: Joint meeting of the Cordilleran GSA and Pacific Section AAPG,
       Guidebook 99, p. 80-89.

Rowland, Stephen M. and Hicks, Melissa, 2004, Early Cambrian Experiment in reef
      building by Metazoans, in Lipps, J.H. and Waggoner, B.M., eds., Neoproterozoic-
      -Cambrian Biological Revolutions: The Paleontological Society Papers, v. 10,
      p. 107-130.


       Abstracts

Hicks, Melissa and Rowland, Stephen, 2005, Do morphological and systematic trends in
       archaeocyaths record changing climate in the Early Cambrian?: Geological
       Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 37, p. 135.

Hicks, Melissa and Rowland, Stephen, 2005, Analyses of the chronostratigraphy and the
       paleocommunity of strata from Botomian through Toyonian of China and western
       Laurentia: changing and declining benthic communities: Acta
       Micropalaeontologica Sinica, v. 22 (supplement), p. 58.

Hicks, Melissa, 2005, Calcimicrobes and archaeocyaths in Early Cambrian Reefs: What
       do we really know about their relationship?: Geological Society of America, Joint
       meeting, Cordilleran Section/AAPG Pacific Section, v. 37, no.4

Hicks, Melissa and Rowland, Stephen, 2004, A paleoecological study of Early Cambrian
       stromatolitic, thrombolitic, and archaeocyathan reefs on the Yangtze Platform,
       southern Shaanxi Province, China: cycles, trends, and associations: Geological
       Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 36, p. 57.

Mrozek, Stephanie, Dattilo, Benjamin F., Hicks, Melissa, and Miller, James F, 2003,
      Metazoan reefs from the Upper Cambrian of the Arrow Canyon Range,
      Clark County, Nevada: Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs,
      v. 35, p. 500.

Hicks, M. and Rowland, S., 2003, Comparison of late-Early Cambrian archaeocyathan
       reefs from Nevada, U.S.A. and western Hubei, China: Geological
       Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 35, p. 500.

Hicks, M., 2002, Why did metazoan reefs disappear for forty million years in the Early
       Paleozoic?: Biological vs. physicochemical mechanisms: Geological
       Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, vol.34, p.65.




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Hicks, Melissa and Shapiro, Russell, 2002, Development of a sequence stratigraphic
       framework for the Upper Nopah Formation (Upper Cambrian, Eastern
       California and Western Nevada): Geological Society of America, Rocky
       Mountain, 54 Annual Meeting, Abstracts with Programs, vol.34, p.51.

Hicks, M. and Rowland, S., 2001, Paleoecology of Lower Cambrian archaeocyathan
       reefs in Esmeralda County, Nevada: Proceedings of the Arizona-Nevada
       Academy of Science, Forty Fifth Annual Meeting, 2000-2001 Annual
       Reports.

Hicks, M. and Rowland, S., 2001, The final episode of Early Cambrian metazoan reef-
       building in western Laurentia: High-diversiy archaeocyathan-calcimicrobe
       reefs in the Upper Harkless Formation of Esmeralda County, Nevada:
       North American Paleontological Convention, PaleoBios, v. 21, no. 2, p.66

Hicks, M.K, 2000, Paleoecology of Lower Cambrian archaeocyathan reefs in Esmeralda
       County, Nevada: influences on the collapse of metazoan reef ecosystems:
       American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v.84, no.11,
       p.1864.

Hicks, M.K, and Rowland, S., 2000, Archaeocyathan-coralomorph reefs of the uppermost
       Lower Cambrian in the western Great Basin, Nevada: Geological Society of
       America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 32, no. 7, p. 11-12.

Hicks, M., Eastham, K., and Lehmann, D., 1999, Benthic community paleoecology along
       a lagoon-, shoal-, offshore transect: Middle Ordovician, Central Kentucky:
       Geological Society of America,Abstracts with Programs, v. 31, no.2, p. A-24.

Eastham, K., Hicks, M., Lehmann, D., 1999, High resolution stratigraphy of the
               Ordovician, Devils Hollow Member of the Lexington Limestone; lagoonal
               to offshore facies: Geological Society of America, Abstracts with
               Programs, v.31, no.2, p.13-14.




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