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James R Lehane

Home: Stansbury Park, UT 84074

Email: Jazinator@hotmail.com

Website: http://www.dinojim.com

 


Education:

 

Aug 2009 - Aug 2014             University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

            115 S. 1460 E                       Advisor: Dr Tony Ekdale

            Room 383                             Degree: PhD in Geology

            Salt Lake City, UT 84112      Graduation Date: August 2014

            801-581-7062                        Tentative Dissertation Title: Applications of quantitative methods and chaos theory in ichnology for analysis of

                                                         invertebrate behavior and evolution

 

Aug 2003 - May 2005            Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

            Box 41053                            Advisor: Dr Sankar Chatterjee

            222 Science Building              Degree: Masters of Science in Geoscience 

            Lubbock, TX 79410               Graduation Date: May 2005

            806-742-3102                        Thesis Title: Anatomy and relationship of Shuvosaurus, a basal theropod from the Triassic of Texas

 

Aug 1999 - May 2003            State University of New York at Geneseo, Geneseo, NY

            1 College Circle                     Advisor: Dr. Richard Young

            Geneseo, NY 14454              Degree: Bachelors of Arts in Geology

            585-245-5921                        Minor: Biology

                                                        Minor: 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. 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.

 

Lehane, J.R. and Ekdale, A.A., In Review. Behavioral evolution of benthic organisms reflected in the geologic record of graphoglyptid trace fossils. Submitted to Paleobiology.

 

Lehane, J.R. and Ekdale, A.A., In Review. Evolution in chaos: Exploring chaos theory as a guiding principle for understanding patterns in biological evolution. Submitted to Journal of Theoretical Biology.

 

Lehane, J.R. In Preparation. Anatomy and relationships of Shuvosaurus inexpectatus, a poposaurid from the Triassic of Texas.

 

 


Work Experience:

 

August 2008 - Present              GIS Specialist/ Analytical Geologist

                                               Company: URS - Salt Lake City Office, Salt Lake City, UT

                                               Responsibilities:

                                                        - Calculate losses avoided by the use of building codes for FEMA using a national dataset of  >4 million records
                                                        - Delineate watersheds and flood estimates for FEMA
                                                        - Update and maintain maps for the Utah Lake Commission.
                                                        - Update and create maps for the Wyoming LAUST projects.
                                                        - Calculate contaminated soil volumes for Iwilei District Participating Parties (IDPP) in Honolulu, HI.
                                                        - Create 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.

 

 

April 2007 - August 2008          Graduate Environmental Scientist/ GIS Coordinator

                                               Company: URS - West Valley Office, Ashford Hollow, NY

                                               Responsibilities:

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

 


Teaching Experience:

 

January 2011 - May 2011         Graduate Teaching Assistant (Geo 3090 - Earth Materials II and Geo 3180 - Paleobiology)

                                              University of Utah, Department of Geosciences                         

                                              TA Advisor: Dr. John Bowman (Geo 3090 - Earth Materials II);

                                                                 Dr. Tony Ekdale (Geo 3180 - Paleobiology)

                                              Responsibilities: Run lab sessions (1 each for each class); grade labs; run Paleobiology field trip; develop and grade

                                              quizzes for Earth Materials II.

 

May 2010 - August 2010           Instructor (Geo 1030 - Earthquakes and Volcanoes)

                                              University of Utah, Department of Geosciences                         

                                              Responsibilities: Develop and teach 90 minute lectures; write syllabus; develop and grade quizzes; develop and grade

                                              exams

 

August 2009 - December 2010  Graduate Teaching Assistant (Geo 1115 - Introduction to Earth Systems Lab)

                                               University of Utah, Department of Geosciences                         

                                               TA Advisor: Dr. John Bowman (Fall 09', Fall 10');

                                                                  Dr. Paul Jewell (Spring 10')

                                              Responsibilities: Develop and teach lab sections (2 per semester); write syllabus; develop and grade quizzes; proctor

                                              exams; grade labs

 

Aug 2003 - Dec 2003                Graduate Teaching Assistant (Physical Geology Lab)

May 2004 - May 2005              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: Teach lab sections (8 total); write syllabus; develop and grade quizzes; proctor exams; grade labs

 

Aug 2001 - May 2002              Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (Physical Geology Lab)

Jan 2003 - May 2003                State University of New York at Geneseo, Department of Geology

                                              Lab Coordinator: Janie Boger and Dr. Amy Sheldon

                                             Responsibilities: Teach lab sections with fellow undergraduate (3 total); help with grading; proctor exams; assist with                                              Geology Learning Center

 

Aug 2002 - Dec 2002              Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (History of Life Lab)

                                              State University of New York at Geneseo, Department of Geology

                                              Lab Coordinator: Dr D. Jeff Over

                                             Responsibilities: Teach lab section with help of lab coordinator (1 total); help grade class exams; grade labs

 


Technical Abstracts for Scientific Meetings:

 

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. 2014. Evolving behavior: Using math to study trace fossils.

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

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


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 collecting by Jeffrey Mortier and me, 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.

 


Professional Affiliations:

 

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)

    - Member since 2009

 

Buffalo Association of Professional Geologist (BAPG)

    - Executive Vice President - 2007

    - Member from 2006 - 2008

 

Geological Society of America (GSA)

    - Member of eGSA committee - October 2009 - June 2013

    - Member since 2001

 

International Ichnological Association

    - Member since 2010

 

The Paleontological Society

    - Member since 2010

 

Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP)

    - Member from 2004 - 2007, 2011 - Present

 

Sigma Gamma Epsilon (SGE)

    - Member since 2004

 

Utah Friends of Paleontology (UFOP)

    - President (Great Basin Chapter) June 2010 – September 2012

    - President (Statewide Organization) April 2011 – April 2012

    - Vice President (Statewide Organization) June 2010 – April 2011

    - Vice President (Great Basin Chapter) September 2009 – June 2010

    - Member since 2009

 


Volunteering and Service:

 

Graduate chair of the Student Advisory Committee (SAC) for the Department of Geology & Geophysics at the University of Utah

    - September 2011 to August 2012

 

Utah Friends of Paleontology (UFOP) - 2012 Annual Meeting: April 27th-29th, 2012

    - Meeting organizer

 

Utah Friends of Paleontology (UFOP) - Paleontology Certification Lecturer: February 2010

    - Presented three different 50-90 minute lectures for the 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 preparator: Since August 2008 - 2010

    - Interpreter for the Paleontology Hall: Since April 2009 - 2010

 

Boy Scouts of America

    - Merit badge counselor for Erie County, NY: For 2006-2007

 


University Committees:

 

University of Utah Steering Committee for the new Parking Garage adjacent to the FASB
      - Member of both Steering and Working Committees instrumental in designing the parking garage adjacent to the University of Utah geology

      building.

 


Computer Skills:

 

Geology Related Programs:

            Proficient use in: ArcView 3.2; ArcMap 8.1, 9,2, 9.3, 10.1; ArcScene 9.2, 9.3; BENOIT 1.31; Matlab 7.12.0.; HEC-RAS 4.1.0.

            Some use in: AutoCAD 4; Sigma Scan Pro; Bryce 5, VolView 2.0.

 

General Use Programs:

            Proficient use in: Adobe Photoshop; Adobe Dreamweaver; Adobe Acrobat; Corel Draw 9.0; Corel Photo-Paint 9.0

 


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)

2010                             Outstanding Teaching Assistantship Award - College of Mines and Earth Science, University of Utah

2010                             Outstanding Teaching Assistantship Award - Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Utah

2005                             Inducted into Sigma Gamma Epsilon (SGE) – The National Society for the Earth Sciences, Texas Tech University

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