University of Southern California
Ph.D. Candidate - Earth Sciences, Spring 2016
University of Missouri
M.S. Candidate - Geology, Fall 2012
Thesis: Processes and kinetics of pegmatite crystallization in the Black Hills, SD as indicated by isotopic variation of lithium
Washington University in St. Louis
B.A. with Research Distinction, May 2010
Major: Earth and Planetary Science
Minor: Film and Media Studies
Geology Intern - Newfield Exploration Company, Houston, TX - (May 2012 - Aug. 2012)
Delimited the extent of the Maverick basin and assessed the exploration potential of the McKnight formation. Project included structure and isopach mapping using well logs.
Teaching Assistant - Dept. of Geological Sciences, Univ. of Missouri - (Aug. 2010 - May 2012)
Duties included teaching an intro geology laboratory, writing quizzes, and leading field trips.
Science Summer Camp Leader - St. Louis Science Center, St. Louis, MO - (May - Aug. 2010)
Led science-themed day camps for children in 1st to 12th grade. Duties included curriculum planning, teaching, and supervision.
Undergraduate Team Research - USC Dept. of Earth Sciences – (Aug. 2009 - May 2010)
Collaborated with a student research team supervised by Drs. Scott Paterson and Vali Memeti from the University of Southern California to develop a geologic map in Yosemite National Park. Research continued at Washington University utilizing an electron microprobe to analyze feldspar megacrysts, culminating in a senior thesis and research distinction.
SIMS Student Workshop - UCLA Department of Earth & Space Sciences – (February 2011)
Learned the operation and theory of secondary ion mass spectroscopy during a four-day NSF-sponsored workshop.
Bighorn Basin Field Award – ExxonMobile and Geological Society of America – (August 2010)
Selected to partake in an intensive week-long field course on integrated basin and hydrocarbon play analysis. Engaged in seismic interpretation and stratigraphic section exercises.
Honors College Field Studies in Wyoming - University of Pittsburgh – (June - August 2009)
Participated in a five-week field course in Rock River, WY focusing on paleoecological and stratigraphic interpretation
University of Missouri Knox Scholarship, August 2011
Deans list at Washington University, 4 semesters
Undergraduate Research Award, April 2010
Computer: ArcGIS, MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Photoshop, Final Cut Pro
Field: Familiar with EDM, gravity, seismic, and resistivity surveys
Sedimentary Geology, Biogeochemistry, Exploratory and Environmental Geophysics, Geophysics, Geological Field Methods, Geographic Information Systems, Scanning Electron Microscopy, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, Continental Tectonics, Structural Geology
American Geophysical Union (2009-present)
Geological Society of America (2009-present)
American Association of Petroleum Geologists (2010-present)
Executive board of geology club and AAPG student chapter, club ultimate frisbee, staff photographer for local publication The Como Collective
Available upon request
Publications and Abstracts
Gross, M.B., Nabelek, P, 2012, Variation and fractionation of lithium isotopes within single tourmaline crystals in the pegmatites of the Black Hills, SD. Abstract 1500496 presented at 2012 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 3-7 Dec.
Gross, M.B., 2012, Processes and kinetics of pegmatite crystallization in the Black Hills, SD as indicated by isotopic variation of lithium, [M.S. thesis]: Columbia, University of Missouri, 52 p.
Gross, M.B., Lewis, G.B., 2011, Maximizing young scientists‘ interest in geoscience with Earthcaching: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 43, n. 1, p. 145. [PDF]
Gross, M.B., 2010, Microanalysis of K-Feldspar at the eastern Cathedral Peak granodiorite-host rock boundary, Saddlebag Lake pendant, Sierra Nevada, CA, [B.A. thesis]: St. Louis, Washington University in St. Louis, 35 p.
Gross, M.B., Memeti, V., Krause, J., and Paterson, S., 2010, Microanalysis of K-Feldspar at the eastern Cathedral Peak granodiorite-host rock boundary, Saddlebag Lake pendant, Sierra Nevada, CA: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 42, n. 4, p. 105. [PDF]
Whitesides, A., Cao, W., Paterson, S.R., Enriquez, M., Ehret, P., Culbert, K., Gross, M.B., Zhang, T., Memeti, V., and Mundil, R., 2010, Transition from ductile to brittle motion on the northern extension of the Eastern Sierra Crest Shear Zone (ESCSZ) in the Saddlebag Lake pendant, Central Sierra Nevada, CA: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 42, n. 4, p. 107
Culbert, K.N., Anderson, J.L., Cao, W., Chang, J., Ehret, P., Enriquez, M.,Gross, M.B., Gelbach, L.B., Hardy, J., Paterson, S.R., Ianno, A., Iannone, M., Memeti, V., Morris, M., Lodewyk, J., Davis, J., Stanley, R., Van Guilder, E., Whitesides, A.S., Zhang, T., 2009, USC Undergraduate Team Research, Geological Field Experience and Outdoor Education in the Tuolumne Batholith and Kings Canyon, High Sierra Nevada: Eos Trans. AGU, 90(52), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract # ED43B-0579