Alison Olcott Marshall

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Geology
Associate Professor
Primary office:
785-864-1917
Lindley Hall
Room 120B
University of Kansas
1475 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045


Education

Ph.D., Geological Sciences, University of Southern California

B.S., Geology, University of Chicago

Teaching

My teaching focuses on preparing students to find, evaluate, and apply ideas and information with an awareness of their disciplinary and global context. My teaching specialties are interdisciplinary science classes aimed at non-majors and upper-level classes poised at the intersection of chemistry, biology, and geology, with additional expertise in curriculum development and program assessment.

Teaching Interests

  • Organic geochemistry
  • Paleobiology
  • Chemical Paleontology
  • Early life
  • Precambrian
  • Biomarkers
  • Fossil preservation
  • Paleontology

Research Interests

  • Organic geochemistry
  • Paleobiology
  • Chemical Paleontology
  • Early life
  • Precambrian
  • Biomarkers
  • Fossil preservation
  • Paleontology

Selected Publications

Olcott Marshall, A., & Crawford Parker, S. (in press). Exploring Mars: A science-focused First Year Seminar for non-science majors. In . (Ed.), Case Studies on High-Impact Practices in First Year Seminars. National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition.

Olcott Marshall, A., & Bitting, K. S (2016). Teaching through Human-Driven Extinctions and Climate Change: Adding Civic Engagement to an Introductory Geology Course for Non-Majors. International Journal of Science Education and Civic Engagement. http://seceij.net/seceij/winter16/teaching_throug.html

Emry, J. R, Olcott Marshall, A., & Marshall, C. P (2015). Evaluating the Effects of Autofluorescence during Raman Hyperspectral Imaging. Geostandards and Geoanalytical Techniques.

Olcott Marshall, A., & Marshall, C. P (2015). Vibrational Spectroscopy of Fossils. Journal of Palaeontology, 58(2), 201-211.

Olcott Marshall, A., & Cestari, N. A (2015). Biomarker analysis of samples visually identified as microbial in the Eocene Green River Formation: An analog for Mars. Astrobiology.

Harris, L. V, McHough, M., Hutchinson, I. B, Ingley, R., Malherbe, C., Parnell, J., Edwards, H. G. M., Jehlička, J., & Olcott Marshall, A. (2015). Avoiding misidentification of bands in planetary Raman spectra. Journal of Raman Spectroscopy.

Harris, L., Hutchinson, I. B, Marshall, C. P, Olcott Marshall, A., & Edwards, H. G. M. (2015). Selection of portable spectrometers for planetary exploration - A comparison of 532 nm and 785 nm Raman spectroscopy of reduced carbon in Archaean cherts. Astrobiology.

Olcott Marshall, A., Jehlicka, J., Rouzad, J., & Marshall, C. P. (2014). Multiple generations of carbonaceous material deposited in Apex chert by basin-scale pervasive hydrothermal fluid flow. Gondwana Research, 25(1), 284-289.

Marshall, C. P, & Olcott Marshall, A. (2014). Raman spectroscopy as a screening tool for ancient life detection on Mars . Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, A, 372(2030), pii: 20140195. doi: 10.1098/rsta.2014.0195.

Glauser, A. L, Harper, C. J, Taylor, T. N, Taylor, E. L, Marshall, C. P, & Olcott Marshall, A. (2014). Reexamination of microspore contents in Pennsylvanian spores and pollen grains. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 210, 62-68.

Selected Awards & Honors

Christopher H. Haufler Award for KU Core Innovation for Geology 121
KU Provost
2016 - Present

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