2015-present PhD | Geosciences | Baylor University
2012-2014 MS | Biology | East Tennessee State University
2008-2012 BS | Program in the Environment with Minor in Biological Anthropology | University of Michigan
Stratigraphy and Sedimentology | Teaching Assistant | Spring 2018
Invertebrate Paleontology | Teaching Assistant | Fall 2017
Environmental Geology | Teaching Assistant | Spring 2016, Fall 2018
World Oceans | Teaching Assistant | Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Spring 2017
RESEARCH & PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2016 Bone Blitz | Waco Mammoth National Monument, Waco, TX
2015-present Graduate Teaching Assistant | Baylor University, Waco, TX
2014 Paleontology/Museum Assistant (GeoCorps) | Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Florissant, CO. Mentor: Herb Meyer
2013 Lab/Field Volunteer | Gray Fossil Site, Gray, TN
2012-2014 Graduate Research Assistant | East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
2011, 2012 Paleontology Intern | The Mammoth Site, Hot Springs, SD
2010-2012 Fossil Preparator | University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology, Ann Arbor, MI
2010-2012 Docent | University of Michigan Natural History Museum, Ann Arbor, MI
. Peppe, D.J., Baumgartner, A., Flynn, A. G., and Blonder, B. 2018. Reconstructing paleoclimate and paleoecology using fossil leaves: In Croft, D. A., Simpson, S. W., Su, D. F. (eds). Methods in Paleoecology: Reconstructing Cenozoic Terrestrial Environments and Ecological Communities: Springer (Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology Series), Dordrecht.
. Bucksch, A., Atta-Boateng, A., Fortuné Azihou, A., Balduzzi, M., Battogtokh, D., Baumgartner, A., et al. 2017. Morphological Plant Modeling: Unleashing Geometric and Topologic Potential within the Plant Sciences. Frontiers in Plant Science, 8: 900.
Presentations & Abstracts
Baumgartner, A., Donahoo, M., and Peppe, D. 2018. Preliminary Paleobotanical Paleoclimate Estimates from the Early Miocene Rusinga Island, Lake Victoria, Kenya. 2nd Lembersky Conference in Human Evolutionary, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey.
*Baumgartner, A., Donahoo, M., and Peppe, D. 2018. Assessing the relationship between leaf size and shape in African floras: Implications for paleoclimate proxies. Green Life Symposium, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Baumgartner, A., Donahoo, M., and Peppe, D. 2018. Testing the applicability of leaf physiognomic proxies for climate on equatorial African floras. 10th European Palaeobotany & Palynology Conference, Dublin, Ireland.
Baumgartner, A., Donahoo, M., and Peppe, D. 2018. Assessing the relationship between leaf size and shape in African floras. Ecological Integration Symposium, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.
*Baumgartner, A, Peppe, D. J., Chitwood, D. H., and Donahoo, M. 2016. Rapid leaf character response to climate variability in Vitis: Implications for leaf physiognomic paleoclimate reconstructions. XIV IPC/X IOPC Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.
*Baumgartner, K. A., and Meyer, H. W. 2015. Effects of allochthonous pollen influx on paleoclimate reconstructions: Evidence from the late Eocene Florissant flora, Colorado. Paleoecology Symposium, Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Case Western Reserve, Cleveland, Ohio.
Baumgartner, K. A., and Meyer, H. W. 2014. Coexistence Climate Analysis of the Late Eocene Florissant Flora, Colorado. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs 46:6, p. 490.
Baumgartner, K. A. 2013. Paleoclimate Reconstructions of Three Mid-Atlantic Miocene Sites. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs 45:7, p. 303.
Baumgartner, A. 2018. I speak for the trees: what plants can tell us about climate. WISE Lecture Series. Baylor University, Waco, TX.
Baumgartner, A. 2014. Back to the Future: Paleoclimate, Paleoenvironment and the Gray Fossil Site. Lunchtime Lecture at the Gray Fossil Site, Gray, TN.
Donahoo, M.A., Baumgartner, K.A., and Peppe, D.J. 2018. Applying Paleobotanical Paleoclimate Proxies: A Case Study of Tropical African Floras. URSA Scholars, Baylor University.
Donahoo, M.A., Baumgartner, K.A., and Peppe, D.J. 2017. Applying paleobotanical paleoclimate proxies: A case study of tropical African floras. Geological Society of American Abstracts with Programs 49:6.
2018 Baylor University Graduate School Travel Grant $400
Lembersky Conference Participation Grant $750
Baylor Department of Geosciences Graduate Research Grant $3,000
BSA EPPC Student Travel Grant $1,000
Green Life Symposium Early Career Researcher Travel Grant $350
2017 Leakey Foundation $14,400
GSA Graduate Research Grant $2,500
Baylor Department of Geosciences Graduate Research Grant $3,000
2016 Evolving Earth Foundation $3,000
Dallas Paleontological Society Frank Crane Memorial Scholarship $1,000
Baylor Department of Geosciences Graduate Research Grant $1,100
Baylor University Graduate School Travel Grant $400
2015 Paleoecology Symposium (CMNH) Student Travel Grant $300
Baylor University Graduate School Travel Grant $200
2013 GSA South East Section Student Travel Grant $300
HONORS & FELLOWSHIPS
2018 Baylor University Department of Geosciences
Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award
2018 Fall Fossil Festival, Waco Mammoth National Monument, Waco, TX
College Fair, DeSoto ISD, DeSoto, TX
Paleo Journal Club, Baylor University, Waco, TX
R training, Peppe Lab, Baylor University, Waco, TX
Visiting scientist, Cub Scout meeting, Waco, TX
2017-present Department of Geosciences Social Media Co-Manager, Baylor University, Waco, TX
2017 Earth Science Week, Mayborn Museum, Waco, TX
Sic ‘Em Science Day, Mayborn Museum, Waco, TX
2016 Central Texas Girl Scout STEM Fair, Texas State Technical College
East Tennessee State University
2014 Darwin Day, Gray Fossil Site, Gray, TN
2013 GIS Day, Gray Fossil Site, Gray, TN
National Fossil Day, Gray Fossil Site, Gray, TN
University of Michigan
2011 Outreach Facilitator, Science for Tomorrow, UMMNH, Ann Arbor, MI
2010-2011 Outreach Facilitator, Family Science & Reading Program, UMMNH, Ann Arbor, MI
2014-2015 Visiting scientist, Hanover-Horton School District, Hanover, MI
Biology: Sam Chun, Samantha Flores, Austin Hubbert, Taylor Horn
Environmental Science: Delany Baum
Geology: Ryley Collins, Gilliane Del Rosario, Carson Steinmann
Undergraduate B.S. Thesis
Michaela Donahoo (GEO)
Thesis: Applying paleobotanical paleoclimate proxies: A case study of tropical African floras
2018 Advances in Paleoecology, 2nd Lembersky Conference in Human Evolutionary Studies, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, November 14-16, 2018.
Women in the Academy Conference: Navigating the Journey to Success, Baylor University, Waco, TX, April 7, 2018.
REACHE (Research on East African Catarrhine and Hominoid Evolution) Conference, Nairobi, Kenya, August 6-10, 2018.
rstudio::conf, 2nd Annual Meeting Workshop, San Diego, CA, January 31-Feburary 3, 2018.
2016 Portal to the Public Network (PoPNet) Workshop, Mayborn Museum, Waco, TX, Nov. 7 & 14, 2016.
2015 Paleoecology Symposium Research Workshop at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland, OH, Sep. 10-13, 2015.
NIMBioS Investigative Workshop, Morphological Plant Modeling: Unleashing geometric and topologic potential within the plant sciences, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, Sep. 2-4, 2015.
2018 Common Descent Podcast interview: Listener Question
Common Descent Podcast interview: Grass
2014 Experiment.com crowd-funding project:
“What was the paleoclimate of Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument?”
Palaeo After Dark interview: Geological Society of America Meeting
2013 Palaeocast interview: Geological Society of America Day 2
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG)
Baylor University Association for Women Geoscientists (BAWG)
Baylor University Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)
Botanical Society of America (BSA)
Earth Science Women’s Network (ESWN)
Geological Society of America (GSA)
Paleontological Society (PS)
Don Sundquist Center of Excellence in Paleontology