Heather Valeah Graham

Heather Valeah Graham

  • RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
  • 301.614.5490
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 691
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: UNIV OF MARYLAND COLLEGE PARK
  • Education

    Ph.D, Geosciences & Biogeochemistry, The Pennsylvania State University 2014

    Thesis Title: Molecular and isotopic indicators of canopy closure in ancient forests and the effects of environmental gradients on leaf alkane expression

    Graduate Advisor: Kate Freeman, The Pennsylvania State University
    Co-advisors: Lee Kump, The Pennsylvania State University & Scott Wing, Smithsonian Institution

    A.B., cum laude, Chemistry, Occidental College 2007

    Awards

    Committee on Institutional Cooperation/Smithsonian Fellowship Award 2012
    Richard R. Parizek Graduate Fellowship 2011
    Pennsylvania Space Grant Graduate Student Fellowship 2010 – 2012
    CarbonEARTH NSF GK12 Education Fellow 2010 – 2012
    Shell Geosciences Energy Research Facilities Award 2010 – 2012
    Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Research Fellowship 2010
    Charles E. Knopf Memorial Scholarship 2008
    Ann C. Wilson Graduate Student Research Award 2008 – 2009
    University Graduate Fellowship, Pennsylvania State University 2008 – 2009
    Owen Scholars Award, Johns Hopkins University 2007 – 2008
    Rose Hills Foundation Scholarship Recipient, Occidental College 2006
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Undergraduate Research Fellow 2004 – 2006

    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    Kennett, D. J., I. Hajdas, B. J. Culleton, et al. S. Belmecheri, S. Martin, H. Neff, J. Awe, H. V. Graham, K. H. Freeman, L. Newsom, D. L. Lentz, F. S. Anselmetti, M. Robinson, N. Marwan, J. Southon, D. A. Hodell, and G. H. Haug. 2014. "Correlating the ancient Maya and modern European calendars with high-precision AMS 14C dating." Nature Scientific Reports, 3: 1597-1601 [10.1038/srep01597]

    Graham, H. V., M. E. Patzkowsky, S. W. Wing, et al. G. G. Parker, M. L. Fogel, and K. H. Freeman. 2014. "Isotopic characteristics of canopies in simulated leaf assemblages. ." Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 144: 82-95 [10.1016/j.gca.2014.08.032]

    Graham, H. V., E. D. Church, and C. H. House. 2013. "Packing for another planet: Learning scientific methodology through alternative reality gaming." Proceedings of the 9th Games, Learning and Society Conference, http://press.etc.cmu.edu/content/gameslearningsociety-conference-proceedings: ISBN: ISSN 2164-6651 .

    Diefendorf, A. F., K. H. Freeman, S. W. Wing, and H. V. Graham. 2011. "Production of n-alkyl lipids in living plants and implications for the geologic past. ." Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 75 (23): 7472-7485 [10.1016/j.gca.2011.09.028]

    Talks, Presentations and Posters

    Invited Presentations

    2015
    2011 Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Tropical Paleontology & Archeology Seminar
    2013 Geological Society of Washington
    2013 Towson State University, Department of Physics, Astronomy, and Geosciences
    2014 Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, Paleobiology Colloquium
    2015 Smithsonian Institute, National Museum of Natural History, Mineral Sciences

    Published Conference Abstracts (*oral presentation)

    Diefendorf, A.F., Freeman, K.H., Wing, S.L., Mueller, K.E., Graham, H.V., Magill, C., Galligan,
    K., 2009 Carbon isotope fractionation differences in angiosperms and conifers: Implications for interpreting ancient terrestrial organic carbon, International Meeting of Organic Geochemistry (IMOG), Bremen, Germany.

    Graham, H.V., Freeman, K.H., Wing, S.W. 2010 Foliar stable isotope dynamics in a closed-canopy tropical forest: Towards a better understanding of terrestrial productivity in the past. American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA.

    Comer, E.C., Slingerland, R.L., Wilf, P., Graham, H.V., 2011. Shallow marine and meso-tidal paleo-environments of the Late Danian Salamanca formation, Chubut province, Argentina. Association of American Petroleum Geologists Annual Meeting, Houston, TX

    *Henderson, A. Graham, H.V., Patzkowsky, Fox D.L., Freeman, K.H. Angiosperm n-alkane distribution patterns and the geologic record of C4 grassland evolution. 2012. American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA.

    *Graham, H.V., Patzkowsky, M.E. Wing, S.L., Freeman, K.H. 2012 Insights to fossil and geochemical archives of forest structure from foliar flux, isotopic and biomarker gradients in modern canopies. American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA.

    *Graham, H.V., Freeman, K.H., 2013 Fossil leaves and fossil leaf n-alkanes: Reconstructing the first closed canopied rainforests. American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA.

    Stern J.C., Malespin, C.A., Eigenbrode J.L., Graham, H.V., Archer P.D., Brunner A.E., Freissinet C., Franz H.B., Fuentes J., Glavin D.P., Leshin L.A., Mahaffy P.R., McAdam A.C., Ming D.W., Navarro-Gonzalez R., Niles, P.B., Steele A., and the MSL Science Team 2014. The combustion experiment on the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument suite on the Curiosity rover. Lunar & Planetary Science Conference, Houston, TX.

    *Graham, H.V., Freeman, K.H., 2014 Alkane distribution and carbon isotope composition in fossil leaves: An interpretation of plant physiology in the geologic past. American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA.

    Thompson H., Stern J.C., Graham, H.V., Pratt L., White J. 2014 Flux chamber measurements of methane emissions and stable isotope composition from an Arctic wetland using field-deployed real-time CRDS vs. lab measurements. American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA.

    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    Kennett, D. J., I. Hajdas, B. J. Culleton, et al. S. Belmecheri, S. Martin, H. Neff, J. Awe, H. V. Graham, K. H. Freeman, L. Newsom, D. L. Lentz, F. S. Anselmetti, M. Robinson, N. Marwan, J. Southon, D. A. Hodell, and G. H. Haug. 2014. "Correlating the ancient Maya and modern European calendars with high-precision AMS 14C dating." Nature Scientific Reports 3 1597-1601 [10.1038/srep01597]

    Graham, H. V., M. E. Patzkowsky, S. W. Wing, et al. G. G. Parker, M. L. Fogel, and K. H. Freeman. 2014. "Isotopic characteristics of canopies in simulated leaf assemblages. ." Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 144 82-95 [10.1016/j.gca.2014.08.032]

    Graham, H. V., E. D. Church, and C. H. House. 2013. "Packing for another planet: Learning scientific methodology through alternative reality gaming." Proceedings of the 9th Games, Learning and Society Conference

    Diefendorf, A. F., K. H. Freeman, S. W. Wing, and H. V. Graham. 2011. "Production of n-alkyl lipids in living plants and implications for the geologic past. ." Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 75 (23): 7472-7485 [10.1016/j.gca.2011.09.028]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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