PI/Assistant Professor


Ethan G Hyland I grew up in a small town in central Maine, where I spent most of my time in the outdoors. After finishing high school, I enrolled at Carleton College in Minnesota and received a BA in Geology. I then worked for the National Park Service before returning to graduate school at the University of Michigan for an MS in Paleobotany, a certificate in Science Policy, and a PhD in Paleoclimatology and Sedimentology (Geology). I then spent 2 years as a “Future of Ice” postdoc at the University of Washington and time as a visiting scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory before coming to NC State to start the Paleo³ Research Group.


Graduate Students



Ashly Padgett– PhD student (started 2017). I am from Seattle, with a background in Quaternary and glacial geomorphology and coding from the University of Washington. My current work utilizes geochemical proxies on interglacial paleosols to better understand Pleistocene paleoclimate and paleoenvironments.

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Rebekah Rhodes– PhD student (started 2017).  Originally from North Carolina, I have an M.S. degree from the University of Wyoming focusing on the sedimentology and stratigraphy of the Cretaceous Frontier Formation. Currently, my research is focused on using multiple sedimentary proxies to understand the paleoclimate of the early Eocene Green River Basin.


Undergraduate Students

Aidan Burdick– research student working on constructing regional phytolith modern reference collections (Carleton College, class of 2018).

Katia Lezine– research student working on examining phytoliths from Holocene sediment records from the North Carolina Piedmont (UNC, class of 2019).