Curriculum Vita

Susanne Clement
Ohio 44102
(216) 631-9324 email:


KENT STATE UNIVERSITY, August 1995 – Present

DEGREE: PhD. In Applied Geology - Expected Graduation: Spring, 2004

Dissertation: Modeling the climate, surface hydrology & pluvial lakes of the Great Basin.

Advisor: Dr. Rachael G. Craig


Walker Lake shoreline deposits

Lake Bonneville Shoreline

Currently I am working on my Ph. D. dissertation project which involves modeling of pluvial lake in the Great Basin during the Late Pleistocene. My research activities focus primarily on understand the interactions between past climate, surface water systems and the evidence found in the geologic record for these systems. In the western US for example, there is extensive geologic evidence that two large lake systems...Lake Lahontan and Lake Bonneville existed during the late Pleistocene-Holocene (21ka – 6ka) and possibly before. My dissertation project consists of using our labs Local Climate Model (LCM) to solve for temperature and precipitation during the Late Pleistocene. I can then use this climate output as input to surface hydrology and lakes models see if this climate would produce the same very large lakes as seen in the geologic record.

UNIVERSITY OF AKRON, August 1993 - September 1995.

DEGREE: Master of Science: GEOLOGY.

Masters Thesis: Chlorite geochemistry of the south central Black Hill, South Dakota.

Advisor: Dr. Verne Friberg


This project was a survey of the chemical and textural differences in chlorites found in garnet and staurolite grade metapelites and schists. I used chlorite-garnet geothermometry and other geobarometers to estimate the p-t conditions under which these minerals formed.




CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY, January 1989 - August 1994.

DEGREE: Bachelor of Science: GEOLOGY, CHEMISTRY minor.


Adjunct Professor, Graduate Teaching Fellow
Graduate Research Assistant
August, 1995- Present


I have taught the following courses at Kent State University’s Kent Campus and Geauga Campus in Burton, Ohio:


Environmental Geology


Oceanography (on WebCT)


Earth Dynamics


Earth History.


Environmental Geology and Oceanography courses are designed for the freshman/sophomore level student who may not require a lab. Earth Dynamic and Earth History are also freshman/sophomore level course but run concurrently with a laboratory course. These labs consist of an introductory web-based component that I designed in 1998 and lab practical component.


For each course, I have developed a website which is used as a form of resource center. A reading schedule, lecture notes, web-based and other homework assignments are posted on the site. When using WebCT, I utilize the discussion and email tools to promote student-student and student-instructor communication. Lecture materials are presented using Microsoft PowerPoint and a digital data projector. I incorporate a number of in-class activities to promote an inquiry-based active learning environment. Students are also required to prepare a case study project. Typically, students form groups and gather information about a topic of interest. The results of their survey are then presented to the rest of the class or loaded to the web site. This encourages the use of technology tools and provides research experience. In addition, I typically run a voluntary field trip to sites in the Greater Cleveland area to illustrate geologic principles such as stream erosion, mass wasting, sedimentary processes and environments, coastal erosion, Wisconsinan glaciation and history; finally, waste disposal and pollution.

I'm also very interested using scientific visualization techniques for research and multimedia/internet activities to enhance undergraduate and graduate classroom and laboratory learning environments.


Adjunct Professor, August, 2001- December, 2002

As a sabbatical replacement, I taught the following courses at Youngstown State University:

Mineralogy includes discussion of such topics as crystallography, systematic mineralogy, crystal chemistry and optical mineralogy. 

Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology focused on petrogenesis of crystalline rocks with a lab component focused on refining skills in petrographic analysis of mineral composition and textures.  These courses are required courses for all geology majors seek a BS in geology. 

Dynamic Earth.  A physical geology course is designed for non-science majors who do not require a lab course.  

Exploration in the Sciences.  This is specialized course offered by the College of Arts & Sciences. Students complete three five-week modules in 3 different fields including geology, biology, chemistry, physics or geography.  After each 5 week module, students rotate to the next discipline for another 5 week session for a total of 15 weeks.  Modules consist of laboratory exercises or projects with emphasis on research type problems to illustrate the scientific method and to promote critical thinking.   Group discussion and collaboration is encouraged during each module.

Adjunct Professor: Fall Semester, 1999

I taught a Mineralogy/Optical Mineralogy and laboratory course. In this course I focused our class discussions on crystallography, mineral chemistry and optics in lecture while applying these topics to hand sample and thin-section identification in the Lab. Students were required to research and present a case study project.


Graduate Teaching Assistant, August, 1993 - June, 1995
Masters of Science in Geology, December, 1995

As graduate teaching assistant my duties included lecture and grading for Undergraduate level: Mineralogy and Crystallography labs, and four semesters of the Physical Geology Laboratory. Graduate level teaching: Igneous Petrology and Advanced Petrography labs.


Physical Science Aide. August, 1993 - April, 1991

RESPONSIBILITIES: Primarily assisted On-Scene Coordinators from the Superfund Program's Emergency Response Branch with field sampling, SUPERFUND site supervision and documentation, inventory and equipment maintenance. Obtained 40hr Hazardous Materials Reponses Team training.


Undergraduate Teaching Assistant
September 1990 - June, 1993
Bachelors of Science in Geology, Chemistry Minor
August, 1994

As an undergraduate teaching assistant my duties included lecturing and running demonstrations for the following courses: Introduction to Geology, Mineralogy, Sedimentation/Stratigraphy, Map Interpretations


I have experience in World Wide Web Site construction using HTML (Hypertext Markup Language). I have working knowledge with the following software: Microsoft's Frontpage, Netscape, Microsoft Internet Explorer and other internet applications such as E-mail, FTP, Telnet; Microsoft Office Suite, Corel Draw 8.0, Wordperfect, QuattroPro/Lotus, Window NT/9X. Experience with UNIX/Linux systems.


         The Geological Society of America

         National Association of Geoscience Teachers

         Association for Women Geoscientists

         American Quaternary Association



$3000 Summer Research Grant, 2002: The Water Resources Research Institute at Kent State University




  • Women in Science and Engineering: Career Workshop, panel speaker, April 26th, 2003, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio.
  • Women in Science & Technology Workshop, panel speaker, January 10th, 2004, Cuyahoga County Community College, Parma, Ohio.


 Timofeyeva, M. M., Craig, R. G., Clement, S. M., 1998, Simulation Of Climate And Runoff For The Bonneville Lake Basin At The Last Glacial Maximum. In the proceeding of The Second International Conference on Climate And Water held in Espoo, Finland, 17-20 August 1998, p. 738-746.

 Timofeyeva, M., Clement, S., and Craig, R., 1999, Estimates of Glacial Climate and Runoff for the Bonneville Basin. In R. Wilson and L. Buffaloe, eds., "Proceedings of the Fifteen Annual Pacific Climate (PACLIM) Workshop, April 27 - 30, 1998", Interagency Ecological Program, Technical Report 64, State of California Department of Water Resources, p. 9 – 19.


Clement, S, M. and Craig, R.G., 2001, Late Glacial Climate in the Great Basin, USA. Water Resources Research Institute Annual Meeting, Kent State University.

Craig, R. and Clement, S.M., 2000, Internal Dynamics Of Large Basins And Paleoclimate Interpretations, In America Quaternary Association Program and Abstracts of the 16th Biennial Meeting, p. 54. 

Clement, S.M., Timofeyeva, M. and Craig, R.G., 2000, A Glacial Climate Scenario In The Southern Sierra Nevada, Geological Society of America, Annual Meeting, Denver, CO., GSA Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 32, No. 7, p. A-.

Timofeyeva, M., Clement, S.M. , and Craig, R., 1999, Quantitative Tests of a Climate Model Using Qualitative Paleoclimate Inferences. Abstracts with Programs – Geological Society of America. Vol. 31, No. 7, p. A-418.

Clement, S.M. and Craig, R.G., 1999, Lake System Dynamics and Paleoclimate Interpretations, Geological Society of America, Annual Meeting, Denver, CO., GSA Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 31, No. 7, p. A-56.

Craig, R.G. and Clement, S. M., 1999, On Some Dynamical Aspects of Lake Stability, EOS, Transactions, AGU. Vol. 80, No. 46, p. F-412.

Craig, R.G., Clement, S.M., Timofeyeva, M.M., and Ingraham, N.L., 1999, On Interpreting Lake System Stability. . In Geophysical Research Abstracts, European Geophysical Society, v.1, No. 3, p.

Timofeyeva, M., Clement, S. M., and R. G. Craig, 1998, Simulation of Climate and Hydrology of the Truckee River Drainage System during the Last Glaciation. Geological Society of America's National Meeting Toronto, Canada.

Craig, R., Clement, S.M, Timofeyeva, M., Shiozawa, L., and Ingraham, N., 1998, On The Stability Of Lake Systems. Abstracts with Programs – Geological Society of America. Vol. 30, No. 7, p. 70.

Clement, S. M., Timofeyeva, M., R. G., Craig, 1998, Appraising Solutions of Climate and Configuration of Lake Bonneville during the Last Glaciation, American Quaternary Association (AMQUA) Biannual meeting Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Craig, R. G., Ingraham, N., Timofeyeva, M. M., and Clement, S. M., 1998, Investigations On The Stability Of Lakes. In America Quaternary Association Program and Abstracts of the 15th Biennial Meeting, p. 100.

Clement, S. M., Timofeyeva, M., R. G., Craig, 1998, Simulation of Climate and Hydrology for the Bonneville Basin and the Last Glacial Maximum, Pacific Climate Workshop (PACLIM). 

Craig, R.G., Timofeyeva, M.M., Igraham, N., Orndorff, R., Clement, S.M., 1997, Two Stable States For Lake Tahoe. EOS, Transactions, AGU. Vol. 78, No. 46, p.F304.

Craig, R.G., Timofeyeva, M.M., Clement, S.M., 1997, Simulation Of Climate And Runoff For The Bonneville Basin At The Last Glacial Maximum. Abstracts with Programs – Geological Society of America. Vol. 29, No. 6. P. 254.

Clement, S. M., Timofeyeva, M., R. G., Craig, 1997, Hydrologic Regime of the Bonneville Basin at the Last Glacial Maximum, Great Basin Aquatic Systems History (GBASH) Program, Abstracts and Field Guide.

Clement, S. M., and R. G. Craig, 1997, Statistical Comparison of General Circulation Model (GCM) wind fields, Water Resources Research Institute Annual Meeting. Kent State University.

Clement, S. M., and L. Friberg, 1996, Chlorite geochemistry from garnet and staurolite grade rocks in the Black Hills, S.D., Geological Society of America's Rocky Mountain Sectional Meeting Rapid City, South Dakota.



Dr. Rachael G. Craig, Program Director Dr. Daniel Holm

National Science Foundation Department of Geology

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Department of Geology Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences

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Dr. Jeff Dick

Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences

Youngstown State University

Youngstown, Ohio. 44555

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