Student Profile

Jackson School of Geosciences

Megan E Flansburg

Megan E Flansburg
B.S., Geology; Environmental Science & Policy, College of William & Mary, 2015
M.S., Geological Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin, 2018
Ph.D., Geological Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin, expected 2022

Office: EPS , BWY

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My primary research interests lie in the fields of structural geology, high-temperature thermochronology, and geochemistry and how these three realms of geoscience help build holistic tectonic histories at scales from microscopic relationships up to tectonic plates and paleogeography. My Ph.D. research (supervisor: D. Stockli) is focused on differentiating ductile fabrics of similar kinematics, direction, and metamorphic grade with the use of structurally-integrated (micro- to outcrop-scale) geo- and thermochronology. Mylonitic fabrics exposed in metamorphic core complexes in the U.S. Basin and Range and the Greek Cyclades are of particular interest to me. I am also passionate about (geo-)scientific literacy and am actively pursuing projects that create wider access to geoscience education at the high school and undergraduate levels (e.g., Texas OnRamps).

I received my M.S. from UT-Austin in 2018 (advisor: Dr. D. Stockli; committee: Dr. W. Behr--UT-Austin, Dr. K. Soukis--Nat/Kap. Univ. of Athens), where I utilized bedrock and detrital zircon U-Pb geochronology to determine the tectono-magmatic and stratigraphic evolution of the Cycladic Basement exposed on Ios Island, Greece. This research was ultimately published in Tectonics (June 2019)

I received my B.S. from the College of William & Mary in 2015 (advisor: Dr. C. Bailey--W&M, satellite advisor: Dr. C. Miller--
Vanderbilt Univ.). My B.S. honors thesis characterized the petrology and geochemistry of mafic lava flows and magmatic enclaves associated with the 18.8 Ma supereruption of the Peach Spring Tuff in northwestern Arizona.

Current Research Projects

Updated Geologic Map of Albemarle County, Virginia

Petrochronologic differentiation of multiple generations of kinematically similar ductile deformation preserved in metamorphic core complexes and extensional origins

Past Research Projects

Priming for supereruption: the hot pre-Peach Spring Tuff lavas and Peach Spring Tuff magmatic enclaves, Black Mountains, Arizona

Tectono-magmatic and stratigraphic evolution in the Cycladic Basement, Greece

W.R. Meuhlberger Fellow in Structural Geology and Tectonics - Jackson School of Geosciences, the University of Texas at Austin (2020)

Graduate Student Research Grant - Geological Society of America (2019)

Off-Campus Research Award - Jackson School of Geosciences (2017)

Graduate Student Research Grant - Geological Society of America (2017)

Jackson School Early Recruitment Fellowship - Jackson School of Geosciences, the University of Texas at Austin (2016 - 2017)

W&M Alumni Association Geology Prize - William & Mary Alumni Association (2015)

Departmental High Honors (Senior Honors Thesis) - William & Mary Department of Geology (2015)

Summa Cum Laude - College of William & Mary (2015)

Geology Research Fellow - William & Mary Department of Geology (2015 - 2016)

Austin A. Sartin Best Poster Award (GSA National Meeting) - The Society of Sigma Gamma Epsilon (2014)

Editor-in-chief, Science Y'all (Jackson School of Geoscience student blog) (2019 - Present)

Project Coordinator and Student Liaison, Geoscience Video Outreach Project, Texas OnRamps--Geoscience (2019)

Session Chair, EU-in-Time Geochronology on Mars Workshop (UT-Austin) (2019)

Editor, Science Y'all (Jackson School of Geoscience student blog) (2017 - 2019)

Session Chair, Master's Saturday, Jackson School of Geosciences (2017)

Field Trip Co-Leader, Geology in Jefferson's Country: a Blue Ridge traverse across Albemarle County, Virginia, Virginia Geological Field Conference (2017)

Secretary, William & Mary chapter, Sigma Gamma Epsilon (Undergraduate Geology Honors Society) (2014 - 2015)

Director, William & Mary Pep Band (2014)

Associate Director, William & Mary Pep Band (2013)

Poster--Dating ductile deformation in the Maria fold-and-thrust belt with apatite and zircon U-Pb geochronometry, Big Maria and Riverside Mountains, southeastern California, Geological Society of America, Phoenix, AZ (2019)

Talk--Tectonic Drama in the Greek Cyclades, Lithospheric and Deep Earth Seminar, Jackson School of Geosciences, Austin, TX (2018)

Master's Talk--The pre-Cenozoic tectonometamorphic evolution of the Cycladic Basement, Ios Island, Greece, Master's Saturday, Jackson School of Geosciences, Austin, TX (2018)

Poster--New Geochronometric and Low-Temperature Thermochronometric Insights on the Nature of the Cycladic Basement and Cycladic Blueschist Unit Contact in the Southern Cyclades, Ios Island, Greece: Implications for Aegean Tectonics, Jackson School of Geosciences, Jackson School of Geosciences Research Symposium (2017)

Poster--Geo-thermochronometric insights on the Cycladic Basement and Cycladic Blueschist Unit contact in the Southern Cyclades, Ios Island, Greece, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, New Orleans, LA (2017)

Poster--The Cycladic Basement and pre-Cenozoic tectonic history of the Southern Cyclades, Ios Island, Greece, Geological Society of America, Seattle, WA (2017)

Talk--Priming for supereruption: the hot pre-Peach Spring Tuff lavas and Peach Spring Tuff magmatic enclaves, Black Mountains, Arizona, Geological Society of America (Southeastern Section Meeting), Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA (2015)

Honors Thesis Defense--Priming for supereruption: the hot pre-Peach Spring Tuff lavas and Peach Spring Tuff magmatic enclaves, Black Mountains, Arizona, William & Mary Department of Geology, Williamsburg, Virginia, USA (2015)

Poster--Priming for supereruption: the hot pre-Peach Spring Tuff lava flows and Peach Spring Tuff mafic enclaves, Black Mountains, Arizona, Geological Society of America (National Meeting), Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (2014)

Poster--Priming for supereruption: the hot pre-Peach Spring Tuff lava flows and Peach Spring Tuff mafic enclaves, Black Mountains, Arizona, Council on Undergraduate Research--Research Experiences for Undergraduates Symposium, Arlington, Virginia, USA (2014)