Michael Harrison

Geology Graduate Student

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Me in Pensacola, FL

Field Area for Masters Thesis





I am a Ph.D. student starting my study of siliceous microfossils under the advisement of Dr. David Harwood. Specifically I will be studying diatoms, silicoflagellates, ebridians and endoskeletal dinoflagellates. I will study these fauna from sediments recovered from the DSDP's Leg 29 expedition to the region South and Southeast of Australia. My focus will be on rocks from the Eocene and Oligocene. This will be a shift from my previous Masters work on large benthic foraminifera from the Eocene, Uitoé Limestone formation from the island of New Caledonia.

I started working on microfossils shortly after taking a scanning electron microscopy class at my undergraduate university (Indiana University-Purdue University of Fort Wayne). I spent many hours working on the S.E.M. imaging specimens for Dr. Benjamin Dattilo. It was while working on this project that I realized that I wanted to gain any experience I could from the micropaleontologic aspect of geology. My Masters study took place at Ball State University under the advisement of Dr. Richard Fluegeman.



Eocene Planktonic Foraminiferal Biostratigraphy in the Noumea Basin of New Caledonia
                Flugeman, Richard H., Nicholson, Kirsten N. and Harrison, Michael A. (November 2012)

Macroforaminiferal Biostratigraphy and Paleobiogeography of the Uitoé Limestone (Eocene; Bartonian) of New Caledonia, South Pacific
                Harrison, Michael, Fluegeman, Richard H., Nicholson, Kirsten N. and Maurizot, Pierre (October 2011)

Development of an Eocene Shallow Carbonate Platform in a Tectonically Active Region: The Uitoé Limestone of New Caledonia.
                Harrison Michael, Fluegeman, Richard H. and Nicholson, Kirsten N. (October 2010)

Benthic Foraminiferal Paleoecology of the Stone City and Wheelock Members of the Crockett Formation (Eocene; Bartonian) of the Texas Gulf Coastal Plain.
                Edmunds, Jordan A., Harrison, Michael, Onasanya, Sherifat O., Stewart, Ariel and Fluegeman, Richard H.
                (October 2010)

Ecologic and taphonomic Setting for High- Fidelity Calcite Replacement of Molluscan Aragonite: A Closer Look at the Unusually-Preserved Mollusks of the Marble Hill Bed in the Upper Ordovician of Northern Kentucky.
                Harrison, Michael, Dattilo, Benjamin, House, Aaron M. and Smith, Justin (April 2010)

Lithology and Perceptions of Biodiversity: Paleoecological Variation in the Pioneer Valley Member of the Upper Ordovician Kope Formation of Northern Kentucky.
                Bulinski, Katherine V., Johnston, Michelle and Harrison, Michael (October 2009)

The Importance of Peritidal Muds and Siliciclastic Phase Reversal in Understanding Cincinnatian Cyclogenesis.
                Dattilo, Benjamin F., Mosser, Sasha L., Flores, Nicholas, Harrison, Michael, and Moffet, Jadda C. (April

Stratigraphy, Paleoenvironments, and Correlation of the Upper Ordovician Tate Member of the Ashlock Formation at Point Leavell, Kentucky.
                Flores, Nicholas, Dattilo, Benjamin F., Mosser, Sasha L., Mosser, Jammie, Bremer, Philip, Moffett,
                Jadda C., and Harrison, Michael (April 2009)

Other interests

I have many different interests in life and as such have many activities that I enjoy. Below are just a few examples of what I do when I am not working on geology. Click on the pictures for a better look.

Best Zombie!Harry Potter Cake

Halloween is my favorite time of year. In the last few years I have made it a goal to learn how to do some of the best halloween make-up work possible. In just my third attempt as Zombie make-up I won the prize listed above. Another of the skills I have picked up is cake decorating. This cake was made for a themed party that I attended. I am sure you can guess the theme.

Rope Please!Timmy!

I have recently taken up the hobby of rock climbing. The above left picture is me climbing on an outcrop near Pound Gap in Kentucky. The above right image is Timmy my guitar. I was one of the many people that got pulled into the many guitar games out there and after playing them for so long, I decided to learn the guitar for real.

CeramicsDive flag

Another of the craft skill that I have picked up along the way is ceramic work on the wheel. Above left are one days worth of work during a class I took. Above right is a favorite site for many people. It is the dive flag. Whenever you see this flag on open water it means that there are people SCUBA diving in those waters. I have only done one open water dive and everyday I hope for more opportunities to do more diving.

My happy treesThis cake is no lie!

Above Left is a painting that I made using the style of a very well known television artist. This is my sixth or seventh attempt at the style. Above Right is another of my cakes. This was the first one I ever made and I did so for an end of the year party for the Geology Club at my previous university.


Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM)

08-11 to Present

American Association of Petroleum Geologists Member

06-10 to Present

Geological Society of America Member

09-09 to Present

University of Nebraska-Lincoln AAPG Club Member

08-12 to Present






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