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James R Lehane

Email: Jazinator@hotmail.com

Website: Dinojim.com


Education:

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Dates: Aug 2009 - Aug 2014

Advisor: Dr Tony Ekdale

Degree: Doctor of Philosophy in Geology

Graduation Date: August 2014

Dissertation Title: Applications of quantitative methods and chaos theory in ichnology for analysis of invertebrate behavior and evolution

Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

Dates: Aug 2003 - May 2005

Advisor: Dr Sankar Chatterjee

Degree: Masters of Science in Geoscience 

Graduation Date: May 2005

Thesis Title: Anatomy and relationship of Shuvosaurus, a basal theropod from the Triassic of Texas

State University of New York at Geneseo, Geneseo, NY

Dates: Aug 1999 - May 2003

Advisor: Dr. Richard Young

Degree: Bachelors of Arts in Geology

Minors: Biology, Mathematics

Undergraduate Research Topic: Recent and long-term sedimentation and erosion along the Genesee River floodplain in Livingston and Monroe Counties, NY.

 


Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Lehane, J.R. and Ekdale, A.A., 2016. Morphometric analysis of graphoglyptid trace fossils in two dimensions: implications for behavioral evolution in the deep sea: Paleobiology, v. 42, p. 317-334.

 

Lehane, J.R. and Ekdale, A.A. 2014. Analytical tools for quantifying the morphology of invertebrate trace fossils: Journal of Paleontology, v. 88, p. 747-759. Available here.

 

Lehane, J.R., & Ekdale, A.A., 2013, Pitfalls, traps, and webs in ichnology: Traces and trace fossils of an understudied behavioral strategy: Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, v. 375, p. 59-69. Available here.

 

Lehane, J.R. and Ekdale, A.A., 2013, Fractal analysis of graphoglyptid trace fossils: PALAIOS, v. 28, p. 23-32. Available here.

 

Martz, J.W.; Mueller, B.; Nesbitt, S.J.; Stocker, M.R.; Parker, W.G.; Atanassov, M.; Fraser, N.; Weinbaum, J. and Lehane, J.R, 2013, A taxonomic and biostratigraphic re-evaluation of the Post Quarry vertebrate assemblage from the Cooper Canyon Formation (Dockum Group, Upper Triassic) of southern Garza County, western Texas: Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, v. 103, p. 1-26. Available here.

 


Technical Abstracts for Scientific Meetings:

Lehane, J.R. 2017. Spirorhaphe: Decoding the spirals of an enigmatic graphoglyptid trace fossil through geologic time: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 49

 

Lehane, J.R. and Ekdale, A.A. 2015. Evolution of benthic animal behavior in the deep sea as reflected in the graphoglyptid trace fossil record: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 47, p. 70.

 

Lehane, J.R. and Ekdale, A.A. 2013. Evolution, chaos, and climate: What is the driving force of evolution: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 45, p. 699.

 

Martz, J.W., Mueller, B., Nesbitt, S., Stocker, M.R., Parker, W.G., Atanassov, M., Fraser, N.C., Weinbaum, J.C., & Lehane, J.R., 2013, A taxonomic and biostratigraphic re-evaluation of the Post Quarry vertebrate assemblage from the Cooper Canyon Formation (Dockum Group, Upper Triassic) of Southern Garza Country, Western Texas: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 45.

 

Lehane, J.R. and Ekdale, A.A. 2012. Fractal trace fossils; Food for thought: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 44, p. 442.

 

Lehane, J.R. and Ekdale, A.A. 2012. Fractals in feeding: Application of non-Euclidean geometry to interpreting deep-sea trace fossils, Ichnia 2012 – The Third International Congress on Ichnology: St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.

 

Lehane, J.R. 2012. Fractals in paleontology: quantification of deep-sea feeding patterns in the geologic record, ExxonMobil Student Research Conference: Houston, TX.

 

Lehane, J.R., & Ekdale, A.A. 2011. Internet databases in ichnology: The benefits and need for a dynamic Universal Ichnological Database. in Rodríguez-Tovar, F.J., and García-Ramos, J.C., eds., Abstract Book of the XI International Ichnofabric Workshop: Museo del Jurásico de Asturias (MUJA); Colunga, Spain, p. 52-55.

 

Ekdale, A.A., Harding, S.C., Lehane, J.R., & Good, T.R. 2011. Importance of ichnological data in paleoclimatic studies, 28th IAS Meeting of Sedimentology 2011: Zaragoza, Spain.

 

Lehane, J. 2009. From dinosaurs to volcanoes: Helping students learn from Hollywood's mistakes: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 41, p. 26.

 

Lehane, J.R., & Over, D.J. 2002. Canid and rodent scavenging on Pleistocene cave bear: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 34, p. 150.

 


Invited Talks:

Lehane, Jim. 2017. DINOSAURS! From Cultural to Pop Culture. A look at fossils' influence on society

- Presentation for the Utah Friends of Paleontology (UFOP) St. George Chapter; St. George, UT: May 26th, 2017

Lehane, Jim. 2016. A brief overview of Utah’s geological history and primer for UFOP’s Certification
classes

- Presentation for the Utah Friends of Paleontology (UFOP) statewide annual meeting, Moab, UT: April
2nd, 2016

Lehane, Jim. 2015. Changing Behaviors - Studying the Evolution of Behavior using Deep Marine Trace
Fossils

- Presentation for the Utah Friends of Paleontology (UFOP) statewide annual meeting, Salt Lake
City, UT: April 25th, 2015

Lehane, Jim. 2014. Evolving behavior: Using math to study trace fossils

- Presentation for the AAPG-Questar Lecture Series at the University of Utah: November 19th, 2014

Lehane, J.R. and Ekdale, A.A. 2012. Fractals in Feeding - Using geometry to study trace fossils of the deep sea.

- Presentation for the Utah Friends of Paleontology (UFOP) statewide annual meeting, Salt Lake
City, UT: April 27th, 2012

Lehane, Jim. 2011. DINOSAURS! From Cultural to Pop Culture

- Presentation for the Utah Friends of Paleontology (UFOP) Great Basin Chapter; Salt Lake City, UT: May 12th, 2010

Lehane, Jim. 2010. Shuvosaurus, To be or not to be... a dinosaur. A Master's Tale

- Presentation for the Utah Friends of Paleontology (UFOP) Great Basin Chapter; Salt Lake City, UT: January 14th, 2010
- Presentation for the Utah Friends of Paleontology (UFOP) Castle Valley Chapter; Price, UT: January 11th, 2011


Professional Activities:

October 25th, 2017 

Session Co-Chair, Biotic Revolutions Recorded in the Trace Fossil Record, Neoproterozoic to Recent I and II, 2017 Annual Geological Society of America Meeting, Seattle, WA.


Certifications:

May 2016 – July 2018

Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM)


Teaching Experience:

Lecturer (Geo 1010 – Introduction to Geology; Geog 1000 – Introduction to Physical Geography) (One year temporary position)

Dates: Aug 2017 – May 2018

University: Utah Valley University, Department of Earth Science
Responsibilities: Taught 4 and 5 class sections a semester. Developed entire curriculum, including assignments, quizzes, and exams and graded all materials.

Teaching Assistant (Geo 1050 – National Parks: Geology Behind the Scenery)

Dates: Aug 2013 – December 2013
University: University of Utah, Department of Geology & Geophysics
TA Advisor: Dr. A. A. Ekdale
Responsibilities: Taught a couple of lectures a month and graded homework assignments.

Graduate Teaching Assistant (Geo 3090 - Earth Materials II and Geo 3180 - Paleobiology)

Dates: January 2011 - May 2011

University: University of Utah, Department of Geology & Geophysics                         

Associated Class Instructors: Dr. John Bowman (Geo 3090 - Earth Materials II); Dr. A. A. Ekdale (Geo 3180 - Paleobiology)
Responsibilities:Taught labs, developed and graded labs and quizzes, ran field trip.

Course Instructor (Geo 1030 - Earthquakes and Volcanoes)

Dates: May 2010 - August 2010

University: University of Utah, Department of Geology & Geophysics                         

Responsibilities: Developed the entire course, including quizzes, exams, and lab exercises. The course encompassed 90 minutes lectures, 3 days a week, over a 2-3 month time period.

Graduate Teaching Assistant (Geo 1115 - Introduction to Earth Systems Lab)

Dates: August 2009 - December 2010

University of Utah, Department of Geology & Geophysics                         

Associated Class Instructors: Dr. John Bowman (Fall 09', Fall 10'); Dr. Paul Jewell (Spring 10')

Responsibilities: Developed and taught lab sections (2 per semester), developed and graded quizzes, proctored exams, and graded labs.

Graduate Teaching Assistant (Physical Geology Lab) (20 hrs/week)

Dates: Aug 2003 - Dec 2003; May 2004 - May 2005

University: Texas Tech University, Department of Geosciences                         

TA Coordinator: Dr. Aaron Yoshinobu (03' - 04'); Dr. Hal Karlsson (04'- 05')

Head TA: Steven Rosscoe (Aug 04' - 05')

Responsibilities: Taught 8 lab sections, developed and graded quizzes and labs.

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (Physical Geology Lab) (20 hrs/week)

Dates: Aug 2001 - May 2002; Jan 2003 - May 2003

University: State University of New York at Geneseo, Department of Geology

Lab Coordinator: Janie Boger and Dr. Amy Sheldon

Responsibilities: Taught lab sections with fellow undergraduate (3 total), helped with grading labs, proctored class exams, and assisted with the Geology Learning Center.

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (History of Life Lab) (20 hrs/week)

Dates: Aug 2002 - Dec 2002

University: State University of New York at Geneseo, Department of Geology

Lab Coordinator: Dr D. Jeff Over

Responsibilities: Taught lab section with help of lab coordinator (1 total), helped grade class exams, and grade labs.


Professional Development:

Society of Vertebrate Paleontology 2016 Annual Meeting

Filling the Expectation Gap Workshop - Paleontologists as Teaching Professors

October 25th, 2016


Work Experience:

GIS Specialist/ Analytical Geologist/ Paleontologist (32-40hrs/week)

Dates: January 2015 – July 2016; August 2008 – August 2009     

Company: AECOM/URS – Salt Lake City Office, Salt Lake City, UT
Responsibilities:

  • Managed the creation of Flood Insurance Studies for multiple counties and watersheds nationwide.
  • Delineated hydrology and flood estimates for watersheds using ArcHydro for FEMA and NHA.
  • Created FEMA hydrology, flooding, and terrain deliverables
  • Calculated losses avoided by the use of building codes for FEMA using a national dataset of  >4 million records
  • Updated and maintained maps for the Utah Lake Commission.
  • Updated and created maps for the Wyoming LAUST projects.
  • Calculated contaminated soil volumes for Iwilei District Participating Parties (IDPP) in Honolulu, HI.
  • Created 3D renderings of Andrews Air Force base to illustrate groundwater flow.
  • Created a 3D video to illustrate the installation of a slurry wall.
  • Created FEMA floodplain maps for Hardin County, IA; Sanpete County, UT; Macon County, AL; and Uintah County, UT.
  • Uploaded information into the US Army’s Spatial Data Standards for Facilities, Infrastructures, and Environment (SDSFIE) format for work in Camp Williams, UT and the Military Department of Arkansas.

Graduate Environmental Scientist/ GIS Coordinator (Full Time)

Dates: April 2007 – August 2008         
Company: URS - West Valley Office, West Valley, NY
Responsibilities:

  • Upgraded ArcView files and system from version 3.2 to 9.2.
  • Analysis of soil, groundwater samples, and geological borelogs.
  • Created and updated maps and information tables.
  • Writing and editing environmental and procedural reports.
  • Updated the geology for the site based on original boring logs

Projects Completed:

Young, R.A. 2003. Recent and long-term sedimentation and erosion along the Genesee River floodplain in Livingston and Monroe Counties, NY. Funded by the US Army Corps of Engineers. pp. 1-40

The project involved field collection, performing stream-based digital imagery, GPS surveying, and laser channel measurements of the Genesee River from Mount Morris to Rochester, NY.  The project also involved rectifying and converting aerial photographs of the Genesee River into ArcGIS 8 map formats.  The river location was traced and erosion rates were then determined. Refer to acknowledgement on page 33.


Awards and Honors:

2012-2013                               Graduate Research Fellowship, University of Utah
2012                                        Inducted into the Golden Key International Honour Society
2011-2012                               William Lee Stokes Graduate Fellowship, University of Utah, Department of Geology & Geophysics
2011                                        ExxonMobil Geoscience Grants for Students award winner ($7500)
2009-2010                               Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award – Department of Geology & Geophysics, University of Utah   
2009-2010                               Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award – College of Mines and Earth Sciences, University of Utah 
2005                                        Inducted into Sigma Gamma Epsilon (SGE) – The National Society for the Earth Sciences, TTU
2002                                        Geology Alumni Award – Department of Geological Sciences, SUNY Geneseo
2001 – 2003                             Dean’s List – SUNY Geneseo, Spring and Fall Semesters
1999                                        Dean’s List – SUNY Geneseo, Fall Semester
1999                                        Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America

 


Professional Affiliations:

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (2009 – Present)

Buffalo Association of Professional Geologist (2006 – 2008)
    - Executive Vice President – 2007

Geological Society of America (2001 – Present)
    - Member of eGSA committee - October 2009 – June 2013

International Ichnological Association (2010 – Present)

The Paleontological Society (2010 – Present)

Sigma Gamma Epsilon (2004 – Present)

Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (2004 – 2007, 2011 – Present)

Utah Friends of Paleontology (2009 – Present)
- President (Statewide Organization) April 2011 – April 2012
- President (Great Basin Chapter) June 2010 – September 2012
- Vice President (Statewide Organization) June 2010 – April 2011
- Vice President (Great Basin Chapter) - September 2009 - June 2010

 


Service and Volunteering:

Girl Scouts of Utah (2018-Present)

- Troop co-leader (2018-Present)
- District Events Coordinator (2018-Present)
- Troop Cookie Manager (2018-Present)

Reviewer for Nature (2018)

Reviewer for Paleobiology (2017)

Reviewer for Ichnos (2017)

Proofing Editor for WordFire Press publishing company (March 2017 – Present)

Reviewer for Geodinamica Acta (2015)

University of Utah (U of U) Steering Committee for the new Parking Garage adjacent to the U of U Geology Building (2013 – 2015)

- Member of both Steering and Working Committees instrumental in designing the parking garage.

Student Advisory Committee for the Department of Geology & Geophysics at the University of Utah

- Graduate chair from September 2011 to August 2012

Utah Friends of Paleontology (2014 – Present)

- Co-creator of the UFOP online certification classes

Utah Friends of Paleontology: 2012 Annual Meeting: April 27th – 29th, 2012

- Meeting organizer

Utah Friends of Paleontology – Paleontology Certification Lecturer (February 2010)

- Presented three different 50-90 minute lectures for the fossil preparator certification process

- Basic Geology I: b. Relative and Absolute Dating
- Basic Geology II: a. Minerals and b. The Rock Cycle
- Basic Geology II: c. Sediments and Sedimentary Rocks

Utah Museum of Natural History

- Fossil preparatory (2008 – 2010)

- Interpreter for the Paleontology Hall (2009 – 2010)

Boy Scouts of America

- Merit badge counselor for Erie County, NY (2006 – 2007)


Computer Skills:

Geology Related Programs:
Proficient use in: ArcView 3.2; ArcMap 8.1, 9,X, 10.X; ArcHydro 2.0; ArcScene 9.X; BENOIT 1.31; Matlab 7.12.0.; HEC-RAS 4.1.0
            Some use in: AutoCAD 4; Bryce 5; Sigma Scan Pro; VolView 2.0

 

General Use Programs:
Proficient use in: Adobe Photoshop; Adobe Dreamweaver; Adobe Acrobat; Corel Draw 9.0