Meet our Geology Ambassadors

The Geology Ambassadors present the department to prospective students, alumni, and guests.  They also promote Geology at campus events.  If you would like to meet with an ambassador, email geology@illinois.edu.

Jesse Chavez

Jesse Chavez

Curriculum Concentration: Science and Letters
Bio & Career Goals:  Jesse plans to attend graduate school in the Western US to study mineralogy and petrology.  He would like to either apply his mineralogy skills in the mining industry, or continue studying petrology  and pursue a career in academia researching igneous or metamorphic petrology. Ultimately moving west and living in the mountains is his dream.


 Marjie ConeMarjie photo

Curriculum Concentration: Specialized Geology
Bio & Career Goals: Marjie plans to go to graduate school to study paleontologyShe has wanted to be a paleontologist since childhood.  For the past four years, she has had the privilege of working as a teaching assistant for the Biology and Paleontology Summer Field Camps with the Sternberg Museum of Natural History.  Throughout this job, Marjie has traveled the world teaching kids about our Earth.  She hopes to continue to pursue paleontology throughout her life.  She is currently doing research with Dr. Max Christie on brachiopod fossils based out the of the Cincinnati Arch.  Marjie cannot wait to see where the knowledge she has gained at Illinois will take her.

  

 

Cam DeSilva Cam DeSilba

Curriculum Concentration:  Specialized Geology
Bio & Career Goals: Cam transferred to the University of Illinois in Spring 2018 from Waubonsee Community College.  He switched to geology from accounting after taking an environmental geology class at Waubonsee.  Cam is currently doing research in Prof. Willy Guenthner's Helium Analysis Lab looking at zircon (U-Th)/He dating in zircon.  He is most interested in structural geology and geochemistry.  Cam plans to attend graduate school and pursue a career teaching at the high school or community college level.

 

Dana DrinkallDana Drinkall

Curriculum Concentration:  Specialized Geology
Bio & Career Goals:  Dana is a senior majoring in Geology with a minor in Business and certificate in GIS.  She is currently doing research with Prof. Craig Lundstrom , investigating the formation of  the Torres del Paine pluton using Titani-Q thermometry.  Outside of the classroom, Dana is the Assistant Western Coach for the Illini Equestrians and a Peer Leader for the WIMSE (Women in Math, Science, and Engineering) Living-Learning Community.  Dana plans to pursue a Master's degree and a career in natural hazard mitigation.

 

Brooke Dykstra

 Brooke Dykstra

Curriculum Concentration: Specialized Geology
Bio & Career Goals:  Brooke is an undergraduate Geology major who is interested in studying structural geology and tectonics as well as geophysics when she attends graduate school.  She enjoys spending her time in the outdoors, and is currently researching "Flexural Uplift Magnitude of the Ozark Plateau During the Paleozoic".  She is also the President of the Geology Club and invites all to bring their coolest rocks and their fun selves to an upcoming meeting.

 

 Robert PhotoRobert Hill

Curriculum Concentration: Earth and Environmental Sciences
Bio & Career Goals: Robert is a senior double majoring in Geology and Earth, Society, & Environmental Sustainability with a minor in Chemistry.  He is interested in the field of environmental geology/chemistry: or more specifically environmental contamination and remediation.  He conducts research involving exploring the applications of isotope signatures as tracers for coal ash contamination with Professor Tom Johnson.  Robert aspires to become a remediation scientist working to identify and clean up contaminated conditions to better the health of humans and the natural environment.

  

 

 Diana LealDiana Photo

Curriculum Concentration: Earth and Environmental Geology (LAS)
Bio & Career Goals:
Diana is a senior in Geology and serves on the Geology Club executive board which is our undergraduate student organization.  After graduating, Diana plans to obtain a job that will include field work.  She would also like to pursue an advanced degree.