College of Art & Sciences, Geological Sciences
My name is Andrea Shilling and I grew up in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. I am a 4th year PhD Candidate in the Geology Department of the College of Arts and Sciences. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Geosciences from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where my honors research focused on the impact of freeze thaw cycles on stream bank erosion rates. I earned my Master’s in Geosciences from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, researching groundwater fed wetlands in East Africa. My current work focuses on organic geochemistry and the impact of a changing climate on early hominin evolution in Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania as well as better understanding the extent of molecular degradation during sediment core storage. In addition to acting as my department’s GPSG representative I serve on the Diversity Committee. My time serving on both GPSG and the Diversity Committee has shown me the impact graduate students can have towards making progress and change for the better and I look forward to continuing to represent the students of my department.