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Email: hilljs at live.unc.edu
Office: Mitchell Hall 105A

 

 

 


Research & Areas of Interest

August 2013 – Present Topographic rejuvenation of the southern Appalachians: extracted longitudinal stream profiles and developed algorithm for automatic selection of knickpoints; produced a 1:12,000 scale bedrock map during summer 2015 and 2016; discovered an undocumented brittle fault zone near Boone, North Carolina; performed paleostress inversions of minor faults with slickenlines
1:12,000 scale map can be downloaded here
Map legend can be downloaded here
Technical report for map can be downloaded here

August 2011 – August 2013 Zoned uplift of western North Carolina bounded by topographic lineaments: measured ~1600 fractures to show positive correlation between outcrop-scale joints and regional-scale lineaments; performed paleostress inversions of minor faults with slickenlines; wrote original computer code to extract and analyze longitudinal stream profiles

May 2010 – May 2011 Progressive Alleghanian Deformation in the Unaka Mountain Fault, Northeastern TN: A Case Study in Using Google Earth for Multi-scale Structural Analysis; used Google Earth to map meso-to-macro-scale fold-thrust belt structures of the Western Blue Ridge and connect field data to published maps and cross sections of the Appalachians
Jan 2010 OSL dating study of marine terraces in the Coquimbo Bay Region of Chile, South America

May 2009 Special Problems class to Yellowstone NP, The Beartooth Mtns., and The Grand Tetons

Sept 2008 – June 2009 Highlands Prehistoric Museum; Judith River Fm. Daspletasaurus and Hadrosaur dinosaur fossil recovery and replication

1998 – present Over 250 miles of backpacking in Great Smoky Mountains National Park; countless miles elsewhere


Academic

Fall 2013 – Summer 2017 (expected) Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; PhD Candidate in Geological Sciences
Fall 2011 – Summer 2013 Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; M.S. in Geological Sciences
Fall 2008 – Spring 2011 Tennessee Technological University; B.S. in Geosciences with concentration in geology
Undergraduate GPA : 3.49; GRE : 1130
Fall 2007 Tennessee State University
Fall 2003 – Spring 2007 Nashville State Community College


Professional

Fall 2011 – Present UNC-CH : Teaching Assistant; Intro to Geology; Structural Geology; Field Methods; Sedimentation/Stratigraphy
Fall 2012 – Graduate Research Consultant for Freshmen Seminar – Mountains: an intersection of geology, politics, and culture
Fall 2009 – Spring 2011 TTU : Teaching Assistant; Geology for Engineers : mineral & rock ID, map reading, basic geologic principles; Structural Geology and Tectonics : geologic map reading, pace & compass, van driver
Fall 2009 – Fall 2010 TTU : Academic Tutor for the Athletics dept.; Geology, English, and Chemistry
Jan 2008 – Jan 2009 National Recovery Technologies : Production Technician; assembly, testing, and calibration of sorting machines used in the plastic and metal recycling industry; reading schematics, wiring, basic metal work
May 2002 – Dec 2007 Planet Productions : Residential Carpenter; oversight of numerous residential remodeling projects, reading plans, framing to finish carpentry, painting, plumbing, electrical, drywall, tile-work, roof repair, landscaping, coordinating sub-contractors of other trades, estimating material and labor costs


Honors, Achievements, and Clubs

2016 Recipient of the J. Robert Butler Scholarship Fund
2016 First place graduate student poster – 14th annual Anadarko Student Research Symposium
2015 Recipient of an USGS EDMAP award, part of the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program
2015 Recipient of the J. Robert Butler Scholarship Fund
2013 Recipient of the J. Robert Butler Scholarship Fund
2012 Recipient of the J. Robert Butler Scholarship Fund
2012 Recipient of the Walter H. Wheeler Graduate Student Teaching Award
2011 Recipient of the TTU Earth Sciences’ Outstanding Senior Award
2011 Nominated for the TTU Derryberry Award
2011 Nominated for the TTU College of Arts and Sciences Award for Excellence in Liberal Arts
2010 – 2011 TTU GeoClub President; 2009 – 2011 TTU GeoClub Vice President; planned and led meetings, field trips, camping trips, cook-outs, movie-nights, and City Lake Park cleanup; applied for and received travel funding from TTU for the 2010 National GSA meeting in Denver
2010 One of 52 TTU students (out of ~11,000) accepted to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges
2009 – 2010 TTU Walter Helton Earth Sciences Alumni Scholarship
2009 – 2010 Academic-based SMART grant recipient for the maximum four semesters
2009 Placed first in pace-and-compass competition at TN’s GeoConclave; TTU placed first overall


Publications

Hill, J.S., and Harrison, M.J., 2012, Terrain modification in Google Earth using SketchUp: An example from the Western Blue Ridge of Tennessee, in Whitmeyer, S.J., Bailey, J.E., De Paor, D.G., and Ornduff, T., eds., Google Earth and Virtual Visualizations in Geoscience Education and Research: Geological Society of America Special Paper 492, p. 253–262, doi:10.1130/2012.2492

Hill, J.S., 2005, Kul cher, in Ray, B.A., ed., Tetrahedra – Nashville State Literary Journal v. XIV, p. 26


Abstracts:

Hill, J.S. and Stewart, K.G., 2016, A newly discovered fault zone near Boone, North Carolina and Cenozoic topographic rejuvenation of the southern Appalachian Mountains; Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 48, no. 7

Stewart, K.G., and Hill, J.S., 2016, Post-orogenic uplift of the southern Appalachians; Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 48, no. 7

Gavel, M., Stewart, K.G., and Hill, J.S., 2016, Kinematic vorticity analysis of the Linville Falls thrust sheet near Boone, NC; Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 48, no. 7

Hill, J.S. and Stewart, K.G., 2015, Automatic detection of knickpoints and comparison of stream directions relative to foliation along streams of the western North Carolina Blue Ridge; Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 47, no. 2

Hill, J.S., and Stewart, K.G., 2014, Automatic selection of knickpoints in longitudinal river profiles using open-source R script and a combination of normalized steepness, smoothed slope, and sum of the differences; Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 46, no. 6, p. 523

Horne; A., Wright, S., and Hill, J.S., 2014, A case study using open-source R script and Google Earth to test for structural controls on stream orientations at Eno River State Park, Orange co., North Carolina; Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 46, no. 3, p. 31

Hill, J.S., 2013, A new method for extracting river profiles and normalized steepness values with open source R script; Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 45, no. 7, p. 147

Hill, J.S., and Stewart, K.G., 2013, Differential movement of discrete crustal block during Neogene uplift of the Southern Appalachian Blue Ridge Province; Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 45, no. 7, p. 239

Hill, J.S., and Stewart, K.G., 2012, Correlation of major topographic lineaments in the North Carolina Blue Ridge with regional fracture zones; Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 44, no. 7, p. 483

Hill, J.S., and Harrison, M.J., 2012, Modifying the Google Earth terrain using Google SketchUp; Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 44, no. 4, p.19

Corley, J.H., Hill, J.S., and Harrison, M.J., 2011, Progressive Alleghanian Deformation in Metasediments along the Unaka Mountain fault, Northeastern TN: A case study in using Google Earth for multi-scale structural analysis; Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 43, no. 2, p.10