| Michelle Stoklosa Biography
I currently teach
most of the introductory geology courses at Boise State University.
These courses include Fundamentals of Geology, Environmental Geology,
Historical Geology, and occasionally an upper level course on Sedimentology
and Stratigraphy, and a seminar on Women and Science. I also help to
organize the teaching assistant roles for the BSU Geosciences graduate
I didn’t grow up
knowing I wanted to be a geologist, but I was always interested in science.
I grew up in Pennsylvania and graduated from Franklin and Marshall College
with a B.A. in biology, and a minor in Geosciences. My roommates at
school brought it to my attention that all I talked about was my geology
classes and field trips, and suggested I consider shifting my focus
to geology. So I decided to go to graduate school. I attended the University
of Wisconsin-Madison where I received both a masters and doctoral degree
in geology. My primary area of research was carbonate sedimentology,
otherwise known as “the study of limestone”. This research took me to
West Texas, where I studied reefs over 200 million years old, which
were composed mostly of algae and single-celled organisms. Later I studied
some younger (only 24 million year old!) reefs that are exposed along
the white cliffs of southeastern Spain. I was looking at those reefs
to tell me something about the past climate of the Earth.
school, I found that I really enjoyed teaching and seeing students get
excited about geology. Although my research had been fun, and gave me
some great experiences, I decided to turn my attention to education.
I now interact with many students each semester, and am always looking
for ways to get people interested in the Earth around them. This is
not too difficult a task in a state as geologically diverse as Idaho!