Dr. Carmichael is a a geochemist who specializes in fluid-rock reactions in both ancient and modern environments. Her current research explores the paleogeographic controls on Late Devonian mass extinctions, fluid-rock reactions in carbonates, the geomicrobiology of cave mineral deposits and acid mine drainage sites, and the role of microbes in manganese ore formation.
Dr. Carmichael is also a member of the Appalachian Studies Faculty and teaches introductory, interdisciplinary, and advanced undergraduate classes and is the faculty mentor for first generation students in the GES department. She recently won a Board of Governors Teaching Award in 2020. In addition, she was named a Fellow of the Explorer's Club in 2016 and became a National Geographic Explorer in 2018.
- B.A. Smith College
- M.A. Johns Hopkins University
- Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University
- geomicrobiology of caves
- manganese mineralogy
- geochemistry of mass extinctions
- Late Devonian paleogeography and paleoenvironments
- fluid-rock reactions in carbonates
- GLY 1101 - Introduction to Physical Geology
- GLY 2301 - Energy Extraction in Appalachia - Past, Present, and Future (cross-listed with Appalachian Studies)
- GLY 2745 - Preparation of Geologic Reports
- GLY 3715 - Petrology & Petrography
- GLY 5500 - Geomicrobiology Research Methods
Website(s) and CV
- Dr. Carmichael's website
- DAGGER (Devonian Anoxia, Geochemistry, Geochronology, and Extinction Research) Team website
- Geomicrobiology group website
- Curriculum Vitae
Recent Publications (* denotes student author)
Visit Dr. Carmichael's profile on Google Scholar.
- Carmichael, S. K., Waters, J. A., Königsof, P., Suttner, T. J., & Kido, E. (2019). Paleogeography and paleoenvironments of the Late Devonian Kellwasser event: A review of its sedimentological and geochemical expression. Global and Planetary Change, 102984.
- *Paschall, O., Carmichael, S. K., Königshof, P., Waters, J. A., Ta, P. H., Komatsu, T., & *Dombrowski, A. (2019). The Devonian-Carboniferous boundary in Vietnam: Sustained ocean anoxia with a volcanic trigger for the Hangenberg Crisis?. Global and planetary change, 175, 64-81.
- Suttner, T.J., Kido, E., Ariunchimeg, Y., Sersmaa, G., Waters, J.A., Carmichael, S.K., *Batchelor, C.J., *Ariuntogos, M., *Hušková, A., Slavík, L. and Valenzuela-Ríos, J.I. (2019). Conodonts from Late Devonian island arc settings (Baruunhuurai Terrane, western Mongolia). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology.
- Carmichael, S. K., Doctor, D. H., Wilson, C. G., *Feierstein, J., & McAleer, R. J. (2017). New insight into the origin of manganese oxide ore deposits in the Appalachian Valley and Ridge of northeastern Tennessee and northern Virginia, USA. GSA Bulletin, 129(9-10), 1158-1180.
- *Mara LC Cloutier, Sarah K Carmichael, Michael A Carson, Michael D Madrich, and Suzanna Bräuer, 2017, Carbon quantity and quality drives variation in cave microbial communities and regulates Mn(II) oxidation, Biogeochemistry, v. 134, p. 77–94
Title: Professor: Fluid-Rock Geochemistry and Biomineralogy
Department: Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences
Email address: Email me
Phone: (828) 262-8471