Adeldoyin AdeyilolaAdedoyin is a PhD student in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric science at CMU. He earned his B.S. degree in Geology from Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria) and his M.S. degree in Geology from the University of North Dakota (USA). In between his Bachelors and Masters, he worked as a petroleum geologist in Nigeria for 3 and half years where he worked on seismic data, well logs and other subsurface data. He’s working on petrographic, petrophysical and geomechanical studies of unconventional shale reservoirs.​
Christian BoyerI spent all of my childhood and school years growing up in eastern Pennsylvania where I attended Millersville University and received my B.S. in meteorology with a minor in mathematics in 2017. Following my graduation from Millersville, I moved to Lubbock, Texas where I completed my M.S. at Texas Tech University in atmospheric science in 2019 focusing my research on the dynamical origin of vertical vorticity in linear and supercellular storm modes.

Upon completion of my master’s degree, I joined the Earth and Ecosystems Science program here at Central Michigan University in 2019 to pursue my Ph.D. with Dr. Jason Keeler’s research group. My research will specialize in the thermodynamic and kinematic structural differences of the lake breeze boundary in synoptic-scale onshore and offshore flow environments and its potential implications for convective initiation using measurements from Central Michigan’s mobile mesonet and the atmospheric numerical model CM1. Upon completion of my Ph.D., I plan to pursue a postdoctoral position and start a career in academia.

Outside of my passion for meteorology, I love spending time at the beaches in Delaware with family and friends during the summer and look forward to exploring the beaches of the Great Lakes. I also enjoy playing tennis, hiking and running.​

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Cameron NixonCameron joined Dr. John Allen's group at CMU in Fall 2019, pursuing his Ph.D. in the Earth and Ecosystem Science Program. His research focus is on the wind environments associated with supercell storms, especially those producing hail. Cameron graduated with a B.S. in Meteorology from Valparaiso University, and comes to the group after completing research as a Masters student at Texas Tech University looking at lightning as a predictor for tornadic activity.​
Miles standing next to boulderI grew up in rural West Virginia. Hiking and rock climbing in the New River watershed imparted upon me an undeniable passion for geology. After working for six years in one of the largest coal-fired powerplants in the country, I wanted to be less complicit in the degradation of Earth.

I received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in geology from West Virginia University. I studied erosion processes on reclaimed mountaintop removal coal mines in southern West Virginia and eastern Kentucky via field work, remote sensing, and landscape evolution modeling.

I started my PhD in 2018 under the advisement of Dr. Nicole West. My research focuses on the relationship between physical and chemical erosion in two landscapes undergoing topographic adjustments to tectonic forcing, the Klamath Mountains of northern California and the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica. I plan to use cosmogenic radionuclides and topographic analysis to refine the understanding of watershed-scale patterns of chemical erosion so Earth system models can better capture the role of the landscape evolution in climate regulation and ecosystem development. Post-PhD, I will pursue a postdoctoral fellowship then a professorship.

I enjoy hiking in northern Michigan and western Ontario. I have never seen anything like the beaches on Lake Superior! I also like watching the Loons play baseball in nearby Midland. ​

Stephen HlohowskyjI spent most of my early life growing up in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada where I attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas and earned a B.Sc. in Geology. After graduation, I went to the University of California, Riverside where I completed a M.Sc. in Environmental Science with a focus on soil science. During the last seven years, I worked as a lab manager in charge of analytical instrument laboratories at three different academic institutions; UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, and the University of Arizona. While at these institutions, I contributed to the success of several research projects ranging from the fate of aquatic contaminants in the environment to the paleoclimate of El Niño on eastern Pacific coral reefs. In 2016, I joined the Earth and Ecosystem Science Ph.D. program at Central Michigan University. Under the supervision of Dr. Anthony Chappaz, my research is aimed at elucidating trace metal speciation in natural aquatic systems (specifically molybdenum and rhenium).

After completing my Ph.D., I plan to apply for postdoctoral positions and eventually become a professor at an academic research institute. This is my first time living in the Midwest, and being an avid scuba diver I look forward to diving and exploring all 5 great lakes.​


Leah JacksonI’m currently a PhD student in the Earth and Ecosystem Science Program under the advisement of Dr. Lawrence Lemke. My research focuses on hydrogeologic and stratigraphic groundwater modeling to trace 1,4 Dioxane plume migration within a complex glacial aquifer system near Ann Arbor. Prior to starting at Central Michigan University, I earned my M.Sc. in Geoscience from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky with an emphasis on carbon sourcing and transport in telogenetic karst aquifer systems, and my B.Sc. in Geology from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.

In between earning my Bachelors and my Masters, I spent two years working as an MWD field engineer for Baker Hughes in the oil fields of west Texas and eastern New Mexico.

Upon completion of my PhD, I’d like to pursue a postdoctoral position where there is a need for abundant clean drinking water, followed by a professorship position in a research based university setting. 

When I’m not buried in research literature or hammering away at my keyboard to meet manuscript deadlines, I’m out on a lake or river in my kayak, or traversing some backwoods trail, or publishing women’s fiction. I also enjoy painting tropical landscapes and participating in local and regional 5k’s.