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"Courtney was a Master's candidate
in the Department of Geological Sciences. Ever inspired by all
things invertebrate, fossil and living, lithified and slimy,
Courtney is excited to be involved in the Non-Vertebrate
Paleontology Lab, (even if she resents its inherently negative
name). She came to UT with a Bachelor's degree in biology to study
the Permian Capitan Reef Complex in West Texas and New Mexico. She
hopes to finish her Master's thesis in the near future and move on
to work in other museums, or for the Fish and Wildlife service, or
teach, or dispense foundation money, or run informal science in the
community programs, or become a freelance conservator, or write
children's books, or go back for more schoolin'.
Comment: Guess she did the latter, Courtney completed her Ph.D. and is now doing post-doctoral research. "I am now finishing my post doctoral work, looking at microbial sources and biomarkers for chemoautotrophic production in the Cariaco Basin, using suspended particle organic matter and stable isotope probing. The data collection process and writing is moving very quickly right now because in March my advisor, Stuart Wakeham, is off on sabbatical to Germany and I am off to Houston to start work at ConocoPhillips in the Basin Characterization group, and marry my fiance (Dariusz Strapoc, also a geochemist at ConocoPhillips). We've planned a family courthouse wedding, followed by receptions in my hometown (Pittsburgh) and his (Swidnica, Poland!) I couldn't be happier. I'll definitely be popping in to Austin sometime soon, and would love to see how the archives look."