Education:

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2006





2004


PhD Candidate
University of Kansas, Department of Geology
Lawrence, Kansas
Advisors: Hans-Peter Schultze and Paul Selden

Dissertation Title: Exploring the relationships of Late Triassic and Early Jurassic actinopterygian fishes of North America

M.S., Geology
University of Kansas, Department of Geology
Lawrence, Kansas
Advisors: Hans-Peter Schultze and Bruce Lieberman
 
Thesis Title: Investigating the Diversity of Semionotid Fishes (Neopterygii: Semionotiformes) in the Upper Triassic Chinle Formation, Southern Utah


B.S., Geology Summa Cum Laude
Southern Utah University
Cedar City, Utah
Advisor: C. Frederick Lohrengel III


A.S., Geology
College of Eastern Utah
Price, Utah
Advisor: Michelle C. Fleck
 







Publications:

2013

        
Milner, A. R. C., Birthisel, T., Kirkland, J. I., Breithaupt, B., Matthews, N., Lockley, M. G., Santucci, V. L., Gibson, S. Z., DeBlieux, D., Hurlbut, M., Harris, J. D., and Olsen, P. E. Tracking Early Jurassic dinosaurs in southwestern Utah and the Triassic-Jurassic Transition. Nevada State Museum Paleontological Papers 1:1–107.

2011
Davis, M. P., and Gibson, S. Z. 2011. Book review for The Rise of Fishes: 500 Million Years of Evolution (Second Edition). Copeia 2011(3):470–471.

2009 
Milner, A. R. C., Spears, S. Z., Foss, S. E., Ferris-Rowley, D., and Kirkland, J. I. 2009. Urban interface paleontology in Washington County, Utah. Proceedings of the Eighth Conference on Fossil Resources:131–151.

2007        
Milner, A. R. C., and Spears, S. Z. 2007. Mesozoic and Cenozoic paleoichnology of southwestern Utah. Utah Geological Association Publication 35:1–85.


Professional Presentations (Presenter in Bold):

2013
          Newbrey, M. G., Gibson, S. Z., Brinkman, D. G., and Neuman, A. G. A new semionotiform from the Upper Cretaceous Scollard Formation (Maastrichtian), Alberta,                  Canada. Mesozoic Fishes VI, Vienna, Austria, August 2013. Oral Presentation.

          Gibson, S. Z. Semionotid fishes (Neopterygii: Semionotiformes) from the Upper Triassic Chinle Formation: new species and comments on the 
          relationships of semionotiform fishes. Kansas Academy of Science, Paleontology Symposium, Overland Park, Kansas, April 2013. Oral Presentation.

2012
Gibson, S.Z. Semionotiform fishes (Neopterygii: Semionotiformes) from the Upper Triassic Chinle Formation of southern Utah: New species and comments on the relationships of semionotiform fishes from the western United States. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Annual Meeting, Raleigh, North Carolina, October, 2012. Poster Presentation.

2011
Gibson, S.Z. A new species of semionotid (Neopterygii: Semionotiformes) fish from the Upper Triassic Chinle Formation, southern Utah. University of Kansas Department of Geology G-Hawker Student Symposium, Lawrence, Kansas, September, 2011. Oral Presentation.

Gibson, S.Z. A new species of semionotid (Neopterygii: Semionotiformes) fish from the Upper Triassic Chinle Formation, southern Utah. American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Minneapolis, Minnesota, July, 2011. Oral Presentation.

2010
Gibson, S.Z. Late Triassic semionotiform fishes from southern Utah, United States. Mesozoic Fishes V, Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico, August, 2010. Poster Presentation. 

2009
Gibson, S.Z., Milner, A.R.C., Ferris-Rowley, D. Establishing the nation’s first paleontological site stewardship program in Washington County, Utah. University of Kansas Department of Geology G-Hawker Student Symposium, Lawrence, Kansas, October, 2009. Oral Presentation.

Gibson, S.Z., Milner, A.R.C., Ferris-Rowley, D., Foss, S.E., Kirkland, J.I. The nation’s first BLM Paleontological Site Stewardship Program established in Washington County, Utah. Eighth Conference on Fossil Resources, St. George, Utah, May, 2009. Oral Presentation.

Milner, A.R.C., Gibson, S.Z., and Harris, J.D. An overview of paleontological resources on federal and state lands in Washington County, Utah. Eighth Conference on Fossil Resources, St. George, Utah, May, 2009. Oral Presentation.

Gibson, S.Z., Milner, A.R.C., Ferris-Rowley, D. Establishing the nation’s first paleontological site stewardship program in Washington County, Utah. Kansas Academy of Science, Topeka, Kansas, March, 2009. Oral Presentation.

2008
Gibson, S.Z., Milner, A.R.C., Ferris-Rowley, D., Foss, S.E., and Kirkland, J.I. The nation’s first BLM Paleontological Site Stewardship Program established in Washington County, Utah. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Cleveland, Ohio, October, 2008. Poster Presentation.
Milner, A.R.C., Gibson, S.Z., Olsen, P.E. New specimens of Tanaocrossus (Actinopterygii, Perleidiformes) from the Upper Triassic Chinle Formation of the western United States. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Cleveland, Ohio, October, 2008. Poster Presentation.

Gibson, S.Z., Milner, A.R.C, and Kirkland, J.I. Fossil semionotid fish from the Owl Rock Member, Chinle Formation (Late Triassic), San Juan County, Utah. Western Association of Vertebrate Paleontologists, Flagstaff, Arizona, February, 2008. Oral Presentation.

2007
Gibson, S.Z., Milner, A.R.C., Kirkland, J.I. Fossil fishes from the Lower Jurassic (Hettangian) Moenave Formation in southern Utah. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Austin, Texas, October, 2007. Poster Presentation.

Gibson, S.Z., Milner, A.R.C., And Kirkland, J.I. The significance of fossil semionotid fish from the Chinle Formation (Late Triassic), San Juan County, Utah. Geological Society of America, St. George, Utah, May, 2007. Oral Presentation.

2006
Gibson, S.Z., Milner, A.R.C., Lohrengel, C.F., and Kirkland, J.I. The significance of fossil semionotid fish from the Owl Rock Member, Chinle Formation (Late Triassic), San Juan County, Utah. Geological Society of America, Gunnison, Colorado, May, 2006. Poster Presentation.

Invited Seminars:

2013
Gibson, S.Z. Exploring the diversity of fishes in the Upper Triassic Chinle Formation, southern Utah, USA. Royal Tyrrell Museum, Drumheller, Alberta, Canada.

2008
Gibson, S.Z. Tracking Elusive Beasts: Significant Discoveries by the St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm. Dixie State College, St. George, Utah.


Grants, Scholarships, and Awards:

2014 Award for Best Student Paper, Ichthyology, in the 2013 volume of Copeia (American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists)
2014 Panorama Society Small Grant (University of Kansas Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Institute) - $800.00
2013 
Moore Summer Scholarship (University of Kansas Department of Geology) – $2750.00
2013 Panorama Society Small Grant (University of Kansas Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Institute) - $1000.00
2013 Kansas Academy of Science 145th Annual Meeting, Award for Best PhD Oral Presentation - $200.00
2012 Graduate Scholarly Presentation Travel Fund — $500.00
2012 Association for Women Geoscientists Osage Chapter Chevron Graduate Student Research Scholarship — $500.00
2012 Field Museum of Natural History Visiting Scholarship — $1500.00
2011 G-Hawker Student Symposium Award, 1st Place for Graduate Oral Presentation (University of Kansas Department of Geology) — $700.00
2011 Panorama Society Small Grant (University of Kansas Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Institute) — $900.00
2010 Panorama Society Small Grant (University of Kansas Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Institute) — $700.00
2009 Panorama Society Small Grant (University of Kansas Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Institute) — $700.00
2009 Kansas Geological Foundation Scholarship (University of Kansas) — $1000.00
2009 KU Endowment Fund Summer Research Grant (University of Kansas) — $1500.00
2009 PaleoResource Consultants Grant —$280.00
2009 Utah Friends of Paleontology Grant — $250.00
2008 G-Hawker Student Sumposium Award, 3rd Place for Graduate Oral Presentation (University of Kansas) — $200.00
2007 Dinosaur Ah!Torium Foundaton Grant — $400.00

Teaching Experience:

2010–2014
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Peer-Led Undergraduate Supplements (PLUS) Program, University of Kansas, Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity, NIH Grant #R25GM62232 from the National Institute of General Medical Science, Lawrence, KS.
Courses taught in PLUS include:
        - Principles of Cellular and Molecular Biology (BIOL 150)
        - Principles of Organismal Biology (BIOL 152)
        - Introduction to Genetics (BIOL 350)
        - Introduction to Microbiology (BIOL 400)
2010–2011                    
Bridges to the Baccalaureate (Bridge) Program Assistant, University of Kansas (KU) and Haskell Indian Nations University (HINU), Lawrence, KS.
        - Identify mentors from KU science faculty to work with HINU undergraduates.
        - Place and monitor Bridge participants' progress in their research laboratories at KU.
        - Assign relevant reading and writing assignments to improve Bridge participants' experiences and success in the science
2011
Assistant Instructor, "How to make and give scientific poster presentations" Seminar (BIOL 420), University of Kansas and Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence, KS.

2009
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Principles of Cellular and Molecular Biology Laboratory (BIOL 150), University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.


Curatorial and Lab Experience:

2012, 2013 Fossil Preparator (Employed), The Field Museum, Chicago, Illinois

2008–2009 Graduate Curatorial Assistant (Employed), University of Kansas Natural History Museum, Lawrence, KS. Supervisor: Linda Trueb.
- Herpetology Fluid Collection: systematically checked alcohol level and specimen condition and preservation
- Entomology Fluid Collection: organized collection by taxa, created labels, and rehoused specimens based on importance and/or sensitivity

2008–2009Volunteer Coordinator (Employed), University of Kansas Natural History Museum Vertebrate Paleontology Laboratory.
- Oversaw volunteer preparation of KU fossil specimens
- Cleaned and prepared specimens
- Maintained lab

2006–2008Preparation Lab and Collections Manager (Employed), St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm, St. George, Utah.
- Organized and maintained fossil collections, catalog and database specimens
- Maintained fossil preparation laboratory
- Organized and monitored volunteer preparators in the lab
- Prepared specimens for display and research
- Incoming an outgoing loan requests
- Planning and construction of exhibits


Field Experience:

2008, 2010
San Juan County, Utah
- Fieldwork and Quarry Supervisor, survey and collection of vertebrate remains in Lisbon Valley.


2006–2008
Washington County, Utah
- Survey and Excavation of Mesozoic and Cenozoic paleontological localities

Synergistic Activities:

2012
Guest on The Field Museum's "What the Fish?" podcast series, which discusses topics covering fishes diversity, behavior, diet, morphology, as well as aspects of the field of Ichthyology.

2009–2013
Involved with the development of PLUS (Peer Led Undergraduate Supplements), a program aimed at improving student performance in biology, microbiology, genetics and chemistry. This program is part of the Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity Grant at the University of Kansas (NIH Grant #R25GM62232 from the National Institute of General Medical Science). 

2010-2011
Assisting in improving the Bridges to the Baccalaureate (Bridge) Program at Haskell Indian Nations University. Updating methods and resources for identifying mentors and research labs for Bridge participants, working closely with Bridge participants to ensure retention, evaluating the program for grant renewal support (also funded under the Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity Grant (NIH #R25GM62232).

2006–2010
Volunteer for the Washington County Paleontological Site Stewardship Program for the Bureau of Land Management.  Assist in establishing sites for monitoring, and compile data packets for each site, assign and train volunteers for participation in the program, public outreach.

2009
Co-lead a field trip to paleontological localities in Washington County, Utah, as part of the Eighth Conference on Fossil Resources, St. George, Utah.
Served on the Conference Host Committee for the Eighth Conference on Fossil Resources, St. George, Utah.

2006–2008
Developed curriculum and was the instructor for the Junior Paleontology Camp (summer only, ages 5–12) and Junior Paleontology Club (school year extracurricular group, ages 10–12), St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm, St. George, Utah.

2006–2008
Served as the Vice President of the Southwest Chapter of the Utah Friends of Paleontology.

2007
Invited to participate in the Colorado Plateau Coring Project workshop to discuss potential sites for coring to study the Triassic/Jurassic boundary, strata, paleontology, etc. Co-lead field trip as part of workshop to sites of geological and paleontological interest in Washington County, Utah.

Co-lead a field trip to paleontological and geological localities in southern Utah, as part of the Geological Society of America Rocky Mountain Section annual meeting, St. George, Utah.
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Sarah Gibson,
May 6, 2014, 2:28 PM