Work Experience

Content Specialist/Data Technician II - UNAVCO, Boulder, CO - (Jan. 2015 - present)
Populate and manage a semantic database including personnel, publications, datasets, and instruments. Adapt and extend VIVO web application and ontology for our geoscience-focused consortium. Identify incorrect or missing data in existing databases and provide solutions. Plan and execute a pilot internship program for community college students.

Interpretation Specialist Mount Rainier National Park, WA - (June 2014 - Sept. 2014)
Deconstructed complex geology concepts to share with the general public. Researched, planned, and presented formal interpretive programs for groups of up to 100. Designed informational publications for distribution. Contributed to the park's Facebook page. Ran visitor center bookstore, collected monies and maintained store inventory. Interacted with visitors informally outdoors and answered questions about the park. 

Geology Intern - Newfield Exploration Company, Houston, TX - (May 2012 - Aug. 2012)
Calculated formation potential based on permeability, porosity, and water content. Emphasis on application of geochemical and isotopic signatures in petroleum systems. 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 and coding scripts in Petrel. Constructed geologic maps using GeoGraphix and ArcGIS software. Worked as a part of a multi-disciplinary team of geologists, engineers, and managers to make drilling recommendations.

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.


University of Southern California
M.S. - Earth Sciences - 2014

University of Missouri
M.S. - Geological Sciences - 2012

Washington University in St. Louis
B.A. with Research Distinction, May 2010
Major: Earth and Planetary Science     
Minor: Film and Media Studies 

Professional Development         

Stable Isotope Lab Training - University of Maryland, College Park, MD – (2012)
Instructed in the standard operating procedures of high precision stable isotope labs.

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.


GSA Graduate Student Research Grant Recipient, 2013-2014
Deans list at Washington University, 4 semesters
Undergraduate Research Award, April 2010


Computer: Python, HTML, ArcGIS, MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Photoshop, Illustrator, Final Cut Pro
Field: Familiar with EDM, gravity, seismic, and resistivity surveys 

Relevant Coursework

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, Computer Science

Professional Affiliations  

American Geophysical Union (2009-present)
Geological Society of America (2009-present)
American Association of Petroleum Geologists (2010-present)


Geocaching, backpacking, ultimate frisbee, concert photography


Available upon request

Publications and Abstracts

Gross, M.B., 2014, I speak geology: A summer as an interpretive specialist at Mount Rainier National Park. Paper No.98-5 presented at 2014 Annual Meeting, GSA, Vancouver, BC, 19-22 Oct.

Gross, M.B., Paterson, S., Memeti, V., 2013, Physical unmixing during formation of magmatic structures and implications for whole rock element and isotope chemistry at Pothole Dome, Sierra Nevada, CA. Paper No. 154-2 presented at 2013 Annual Meeting, GSA, Denver, CO, 27-30 Oct.

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