PRI Cornell seniors achieve distinction

PRI Cornell seniors achieve distinction

Warren Allmon with May graduates Stephanie Sang and Erynn Johnson

PRI Director, Warren Allmon, at Cornell commencement May 24 with his two undergraduate advisees, Stephanie Sang ’15 (left) and Erynn Johnson ’15 (right), both Science of Earth System Majors in Cornell’s Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.

Stephanie’s senior thesis was on evolutionary relationships of living and fossil turritellid gastropods in the Caribbean and eastern Pacific. She was the recipient of the Department’s Frank H.T. Rhodes Award, given to the senior with the highest GPA in the major, and was selected as an Exceptional Senior by the College of Arts and Sciences. Next year Stephanie will be pursuing a master’s degree in paleobiology at the University of Bristol in the UK.

Erynn’s thesis was on taphonomy, paleoecology, and shell geometry of turritellid gastropods. She was the recipient of the Chester Buchanan Memorial Award, presented by the Department to “that outstanding Senior majoring in geology” recommended by the department faculty. In the fall, Erynn will be entering the PhD program in paleontology at the University of Pennsylvania.