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Tambra Eifert

Lecturer of Geology
Physics & Astronomy
College of Arts & Sciences
Contact
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621-1117
785.670.2147
Degrees & Certifications
Southeast Missouri St Univ, Bachelor of Science
Southeast Missouri St Univ, Bachelor of Science
Baylor University, Master of Science
Missouri Univ of Sci and Tech, Doctor of Philosophy
Academic History

Began teaching at Washburn University in August of 2009.

Doctoral Research Project and Dissertation: The Cretaceous-Paleogene Transition in the Northern Mississippian Embayment: Palynology, Micropaleontology, and Evidence of a Mega-Tsunami Deposit (May 2009).

Masters Research Project and Thesis: Morphologic and Stratigraphic Succession of the Carboniferous Blastoid Pentremites Say (May, 1999).

Bachelors Research Project and Thesis with Academic Distinction: Some unusually large, complex, and well-preserved chertified burrow structures in Mississippian strata of Mammoth Cave National Park: The case for preservation of original burrow size (May, 1996).

Teaching
  • GL 101 B, Physical Geology
  • GL 101 C, Physical Geology
  • GL 103 A, Historical Geology
  • GL 103 B, Historical Geology
Scholarly Interests/Activities
Scholarly interests include Geology, Paleontology, Archeology (Ancient Civilizations). Presently writing a geology book about the Earth, its historicalorigin, and the physical processes that take place on and below the surface. Created a Facebook group called Geology Rocks! for present and past students, as well as those in the community who are interested in geology.
Service Interests/Activities

Give presentations to the community on geology, paleontology, and ancient civilizations. Available to the public for identifying rock, mineral, and fossil samples, as well as explaining how such samples were formed in the past. Lead fossil field trips for present students in both Historical and Physical Geology courses.

Career Accomplishments

My B.S. research in geosciences conducted at Mammoth Cave National Park (Kentucky) was filmed for Discover Magazine’s first episode called “Hidden Worlds” which aired from 1996 to 1998. 

In Boerne, Texas, appeared on the ABC News (Good Morning America). Colleagues and I had discovered some well-preserved dinosaur trackways. Casts were made and the originals were excavated and placed in the Boerne’s Community Museum.

 

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Eifert, T. L., 2009. The Cretaceous-Paleogene transition in the northern Mississippi Embayment, S.E. Missouri: palynology, micropaleontology, and evidence of a mega-tsunami deposit. Ph.D. dissertation, Department of Geology and Geophysics, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO.

Campbell, C. E., Oboh-Ikuenobe, F. E., and Eifert, T. E., 2008. Megatsunami deposit in Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary interval of southeastern Missouri. The Geological Society of America Special Paper 437.

Oboh-Ikuenobe, F. E., Eifert, T. L., and Campbell, C. E., 2008. Paper # 318-9 “Palynomorphs and Paleoenvironmental Significance of the Cretaceous-Tertiary Transition in Southeastern Missouri”. Geological Society of America 2008 Abstracts with Programs.

Campbell, C. E., Oboh-Ikuenobe, F. E., and Eifert, T. E., 2008. Is the “Paleocene” Clayton Formation in the southeastern Missouri portion of the Mississippi Embayment the K/T boundary mega-tsunami deposit? In: The Sedimentary Record of Meteorite Impacts, eds. K. Evans, J. W. Horton Jr., D.T. King Jr., and J. R. Morrow. The Geological Society of America.

Eifert, T. L., Oboh-Ikuenobe, F. E., 2004. “Overview of the biostratigraphy and paleoecology of the uppermost Cretaceous and Lower Tertiary strata in the northern Mississippi Embayment“. XI International Palynologycal Congress, Granada, Spain.

Eifert, T. L., Oboh-Ikuenobe, F. E., 2004. Paper # 71656 “Paleoenvironmental implications of palynomorphs from the Porters Creek Clay Formation (Late Paleocene) of southeast Missouri“. Geological Society of America 2004 Abstracts with Programs, North Central Section, St. Louis, MO.

Eifert, T. L., Oboh-Ikuenobe, F.E., and Campbell, C., 2003. “Integrated paleontology of the first reported occurrence of the K/T boundary in southeastern Missouri: palynology, micropaleontology, invertebrate and vertebrate paleontology“, 36th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists, Joint Meeting with the Canadian Association of Palynologists and the North American Micropaleontology Section, SEPM.

Eifert, T. L. and Oboh-Ikuenobe, F. E., 2003. Paper 18-4 "Preliminary lithostratigraphy of the Cretaceous and Paleogene deposits in the northern Mississippi Embayment of Southeast Missouri: Palynology and biostratigraphy.” Geological Society of America 2003 Abstracts with Programs, North Central Section, v. 35, no. 2, p. 52.

Eifert, T. L., 1999. Morphologic and Stratigraphic Succession of the Carboniferous Blastoid Pentremites Say. M.S. thesis, Department of Geology, Baylor University, Waco, TX.

Eifert, T. L., 1999, Research on the Carboniferous blastoid Pentremites Say. [pres.] The October Eastern Missouri Society for Paleontology Meeting, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.

Eifert, T. L. and Beaver, H. H., 1999, The morphologic and stratigraphic succession of the Carboniferous blastoid Pentremites Say. [abst] The 1999 South-Central Geological Society of America Meeting, Lubbock, Texas: Abstract with programs. 

Bonem, R. M.; Hawthorne, J. M.; Jones, J. O.: Farlow, J. O.; Pate, K. A.; and Eifert, T. L., 1997, “Opportunity from disaster: an educational experience“. [abst] The Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah: Abstracts with programs.

Eifert, T. L., 1996. Some unusually large certified burrow structures in Mississippian strata of Mammoth Cave National Park: the case for preservation of near original size. B.S. thesis, Department of Geosciences, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO.

Statler, P. N.; Eifert, T. L.; and Holbrook, J. M., 1996, “A possible new genus of Paleozoic large burrow traces in Mammoth Cave National Park: evidence for Paleozoic large-burrow diversity“. [abst] The Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado: Abstracts with programs.

Statler, P. N.; Eifert, T. L.; and Holbrook, J. M., 1996, “Deciphering the origin of large burrow structures in Mammoth Cave National Park“. [abst] Missouri Academy of Sciences, Columbia, Missouri: Abstracts with programs.

Eifert, T. L., Statler, P. N.; and Holbrook, J. M., 1995, “Unusually large Mississippian burrow structures in Mammoth Cave National Park: enlargement by chertification or preservation of original size?” [abst] The Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana: Abstract with programs.

Eifert, T. L., 1995, Large burrow structures in Mammoth Cave National Park: Cave Research Foundation Newsletter, volume 23, number 1, pages 1 and 14.

Eifert, T. L.; Statler, P. M.; and Holbrook, J. M., 1995, “Evidence for unusually large burrow structures in Mammoth Cave National Park” [abst] Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky.

Eifert, T. L., Warren, M., and Holbrook, J. M., 1994, “Paleontology of uniquely preserved large burrow structures in Mammoth Cave National Park” [abst] Missouri Academy of Sciences, Cape Girardeau, Missouri: Abstracts with programs.