Donald M. Thieme

Geologist, Archaeologist

Email: dmthieme@valdosta.edu

Work: (229) 219-1345

Cell: (229) 630-6829

EDUCATION + TEACHING + RESEARCH + GRANTS + PUBLICATIONS + EMPLOYMENT + AFFILIATIONS + REFERENCES + SAMPLE REPORTS + COURSE MATERIALS

 

Download the PDF version of my curriculum vitae here.

 

 


EDUCATION

Ph.D. in Archaeological Geology (2003)
Department of Geology, University of Georgia

M.A. in Conservation Archaeology (1989)
Department of Anthropology, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

B.A. in Philosophy (1982)
New College of the University of South Florida


TEACHING STRENGTHS AND EXPERIENCE (see Statement of Teaching Philosophy)

Geomorphology, Environmental Geology, Weather and Climate, Historical Geology, Quaternary Geology, Clay and Soil Mineralogy, Fluvial Processes, Sedimentology, Stratigraphy

Archaeometry, Archaeological Stratigraphy, Petrographic Analysis of Soils and Ceramics

Assistant Professor at Valdosta State University (tenure track), fall semester of 2011 through present

Instructor at Valdosta State University, fall semester of 2007 through spring semester of 2011

Lecturer in Physical Geology, Historical Geology, and Environmental Science at Georgia Perimeter College, fall semester of 2002 through spring semester of 2007

Visiting Assistant Professor at Georgia Southern University, spring semester of 2005

Lecturer in Physical Geography at Georgia State University, spring and summer semesters of 2004

Historical Geology Teaching Assistant Coordinator from 1995-1998 at the University of Georgia

Physical Geology Teaching Assistant from 1993-1995 at the University of Georgia

Archaeological Field School Instructor in 1984 at Southern Illinois University


RESEARCH PROJECTS (see Statement of Research Interests)

Ground-penetrating radar (GPR) identification of unmarked graves in historic cemeteries: Sunset Hill Cemetery; Dickson-Rainey Burial Ground. August, 2010 - present

Ground-penetrating radar (GPR) investigation of karst subsidence and aquifers: Withlacoochee River valley; Watkins house. August, 2010 - present

Stratigraphy of late Pleistocene through Holocene alluvium and wetland deposits: Ocmulgee River in the vicinity of the Glass site, Telfair County, GA: June, 2006 - present

Chemical Analysis of Cultural Sediments: Glass site. June, 2006 - present

Sampling and analysis of Carbon Dioxide, concentration and isotopic ratios for soil and atmosphere samples in south Georgia.

LiDAR mapping, Lithostratigraphy, and biostratigraphy of the CEMEX quarry, Clinchfield, GA.: February, 2005 - present

Three-dimensional GIS geologic mapping and geoarchaeological investigations of Governors Island in New York Harbor: Summer, 1997 - present

Sedimentology and archaeological site formation in the tabby area of the north plantation on Ossabaw Island, GA: March-August, 2005

Environmental magnetism of Susquehanna Valley alluvium. Research on magnetic mineral phases at low temperature conducted as a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Rock Magnetism, University of Minnesota. July, 2003 - February, 2004.

Clay mineralogy, stratigraphy, and tectonic deformation of the Conasauga shale at Outcrops near Dalton, Georgia (began in Summer of 2003)

Geomorphological mapping and coring for pollen in the Lower Rio Verde, Coastal Oaxaca, Mexico (began in Summer of 2000)

Field study of archaeologically dated alluvial sequences in the middle reaches of the North Branch of the Susquehanna River (Doctoral Dissertation Research, 1997-2000)

Archaeological site prospection and paleoenvironmental reconstruction of submerged contexts in New York and New Jersey Harbor (began in winter of 1998)

Mapping of clay sources in the Valley of Oaxaca, Mexico and mineralogical and petrographic analysis of ceramic raw materials (began in summer of 1992)

Computer Simulation and GIS Analysis of Prehistoric Agricultural Potential for Black Mesa in northeastern Arizona (Master's Thesis Research, 1985-1989)


GRANTS AND AWARDS

2013

Office of Sponsored Programs Research Administration, Valdosta State University. Faculty Research Seed Grant for "Concentration and isotopic ratios of atmospheric and soils CO2 in the city of Valdosta" with Weimin Feng.

2012

Faculty Scholarship  grant to attend the Annual Meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco, California to participate in a peer-review workshop for the textbook "Key Concepts in Geomorphology and to present a poster on "Concentrations and δ13C values of atmospheric CO2 in a less-urbanized environment: Are they different from large metropolitan areas?"

2011

Faculty Scholarship  grant to attend the Annual Meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco, California to present a poster on "Karst connections between unconfined aquifers and the Upper Floridan aquifer: GPR Evidence from the WIthlacoochee River valley near Valdosta, Georgia, USA."

Faculty Scholarship  grant to attend the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Section of the Geological Society of America in Wilmington, North Carolina to present a talk on "GPR Investigations of Buried Karst Features along the Withlacoochee River, Georgia, USA."

2010

Office of Sponsored Programs Research Administration, Valdosta State University. Faculty Research Seed Grant for "Sediment Coring in the Vicinity of the Glass site (9Tf145), Ocmulgee River floodplain at Jacksonville, Georgia."

Faculty Scholarship grant to attend the PAGES Workshop on Floodplain Lakes at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

Faculty Scholarship grant to attend the 75th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology in St. Louis, Missouri to present a talk on "Landscape changes and the Spanish presence in middle Georgia, USA."

2009

Center for Applied Research, Valdosta State University. Seed Grant for "Shallow geophysical investigation of ruins and soil anomalies at the Smith site, Valdosta."

2003

Institute for Rock Magnetism, University of Minnesota. Visiting Fellow to study "Environmental Magnetism of Susquehanna Valley alluvium"

1997-2003

Pennsylvania Geological Survey Mapping Grants for dissertation field research on the North Branch of the Susquehanna River and sampling of glaciofluvial deposits for optical dating

1996

Franklin College Travel Grant for Doctoral Dissertation Research in Pennsylvania

1996

Student Travel Award for the 14th Biennial Meeting of the American Quaternary Association, Flagstaff, AZ

1995

Collections Study Grant to work with Zapotec Urns at the American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY

1994

Student Travel Award for the 13th Biennial Meeting of the American Quaternary Association, Minneapolis, MN

1985

Selected Participant in Summer Institute on Prehistoric Agriculture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

 


PUBLICATIONS AND GRADUATE THESES

A Stratigraphic and Chronometric Investigation of the Alluvial Deposits of the North Branch of the Susquehanna River. Ph.D. dissertation, University of Georgia, Athens

Identification of unmarked graves at two historic cemeteries in Georgia . Early Georgia, v. 40, no. 2.

Talbot shoreline at Mount Pleasant. In Quaternary Stratigraphy and Depositional Environments - Jekyll Island and the Golden Isles Parkway, edited by Timothy Chowns, p. 80-83. Georgia Geological Society, Atlanta, Georgia

Geochemical, mineralogical, and petrographic analysis of ceramic materials derived from feldspathic rocks in the vicinity of Monte Alban, Oaxaca, Mexico (with Mary S. Thieme, Hector Neff, and J. Michael Elam). In Proceedings of the 32nd International Symposium on Archeometry, Mexico City, Mexico edited by Luis Barba. CD-ROM, UNAM, Mexico.

Archaeological site formation in glaciated settings, southern New York and New Jersey. In Geoarchaeology in the Glaciated Northeast, edited by John Hart and David Cremeens, p. 163-179. New York State Museum, Albany.

Geoarchaeological study of late Quaternary terraces at the apex of the Great Bend of the Susquehanna River. In Fieldtrip Guide for the 67th Annual Field Conference of Pennsylvania Geologists, Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania, edited by Jon Inners. Pennsylvania Geological Survey, Harrisburg.

Historic and possible prehistoric impacts on floodplain sedimentation, North Branch of the Susquehanna River Valley, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. In River Basin Sediment Systems, edited by Darrel Maddy, Mark Macklin, and Jamie Woodward, p. 375-403. Balkema Press, Rotterdam.

Detrital and pedogenic mineral phases in a buried soil formed in Susquehanna River alluvium of mid-Holocene age. In Classic Clays and Minerals. Program and Abstracts of the Clay Minerals Society 40th Annual Meeting, p. 151. Athens, Georgia.

The Derewal Prehistoric Site (28Hu530): A Multicomponent Stratified Site in the Delaware River Valley (with Ian Burrow, Bill Liebknecht, and Joseph Schuldenrein). Bulletin of the Archaeological Society of New Jersey, p. 12-43.

Late Pleistocene through Holocene degradational sequence in the Chattahoochee alluvial valley below the Fall Line. Southeastern Geology, v. 38, p. 279-290.

More on a Murky Subject: Impacts of Prehistoric Agricultural Activities in the Wyoming Valley. Pennsylvania Archaeologist, v. 70, no. 1, p. 81-82.

Hands Washed in a Muddy Stream: Corrections and Further Thoughts on "Wyoming Valley Landscape Evolution... " Pennsylvania Archaeologist, v. 69, no. 2, p. 45-52.

Wyoming Valley Landscape Evolution and the Emergence of the Wyoming Valley Culture. Pennsylvania Archaeologist, v. 68, no. 2, p. 1-17.

The prehistory of the Ocoee River drainage as evidenced by recent archaeological reconnaissance and limited testing in the Cherokee National Forest. Tennessee Anthropologist, v. 17 no. 2, p. 156-168.

Seasonal specialization, assemblage diversity, and the concept of a subsistence-settlement system: a statistical analysis of the Riverton culture. Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology, v. 16, no. 1, p. 85-117.

Patches and plots: the relationship between local land and water resources and corn farming on northern Black Mesa, Arizona. Master's thesis, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (January 1989)

 


EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

2007-2014

Department of Physics, Astronomy, and Geosciences, Valdosta State University

2002-2006

Instructor at Science Department, Georgia Perimeter College, Lawrenceville

2005 (Jan-June)

Visiting Assistant Professor, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro

2004 (Jan-Aug)

Visiting Lecturer in Physical Geography, Department of Anthropology and Geography, Georgia State University, Atlanta

1993-2002

Project Manager and Field Supervisor with Geoarcheology Research Associates, Riverdale, NY

1993-1998

Graduate Teaching Assistant at Department of Geology, University of Georgia, Athens

1991 - 1993

Consultant in Data Processing and Computer Graphics with DRE Environmental Services, Inc. (now Franklin Engineering), Franklin, TN

1990-1991

Project Manager and Field Supervisor with DuVall and Associates, Inc., Franklin, TN

1987 - 1990

Graduate Research Assistant in the Center for Archaeological Investigations, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Carbondale, IL

1986-1987

Field Technician with American Resources Group, Ltd., Carbondale, IL

1986

Graduate Research Assistant in the Center for Archaeological Investigations, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Carbondale, IL

1984-1986

Graduate Fellowship, Department of Anthropology, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

1983-1984

Field and Laboratory Technician with the Black Mesa Archaeological Project (BMAP) Center for Archaeological Investigations, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

1982-1983

Field and Laboratory Technician with the Denver Service Center, National Capital Region National Park Service, Washington, D.C.

 


AFFILIATIONS

Georgia Academy of Science

Georgia Geological Society

American Geophysical Union

Geological Society of America

SEPM Society for Sedimentary Geology

Soil Science Society of America

Clay Minerals Society

American Quaternary Association

Fluvial Archives Group

Society for Archaeological Sciences

Register of Professional Archaeologists

Society for American Archaeology

Eastern States Archaeological Federation

Southeastern Archaeological Conference

Society for Georgia Archaeology

Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology

Archaeological Society of New Jersey

Professional Archaeologists of New York City

 


REFERENCES

Dr. Edward Chatelain, Department Head,
Department of Physics, Astronomy, and Geosciences,
Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA 31698
229/333-5752

Dr. Ervan Garrison, Professor,
Departments of Anthropology and Geology,
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30601
706/542-3922

Dr. Joseph Schuldenrein, President
Geoarcheology Research Associates
92 Main Street, Suite 207
Yonkers, NY 10701
914/423-3861


You are visitor number to this page

Page last updated by Don Thieme on August 19, 2013

 

Return to Dr. Thieme's curriculum vitae