Daniel Sheikh

Mentor: Dr. David Foster

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

"I want to pursue a career in Geology and be able to research different topics in order to hopefully discover new information about our planet."





Research Interests

  • Geochemistry
  • Geochronology
  • Meteorites

Academic Awards

  • Florida Bright Futures (2016 - Present)
  • University Scholars Program (2017-2018)


  • Society of Exploration Geophysicists
  • Geological Society of America
  • The Meteocritical Society


  • Miami Museum of Science

Hobbies and Interests

  • Meteorites
  • Basketball
  • Pokemon TCG

Research Description

Analysis Of Radiogenic Isotopes In Detrital Zircon Grains
The project that I am working on involves the analysis of radiogenic isotopes in detrital minerals from sedimentary rocks in northern Kenya to help understanding of the geodynamics of continental extension in the East African Rift System (EAR). The Turkana Depression is a broad belt of relatively subdued topography, running from the coastal plain of Kenya in the southeast to the broad plain of South Sudan in the northwest that cuts across the EAR. The Turkana Depression is an unusual segment of the EAR in terms of elevation and the width of the extensional structures. The region lies between two high elevation segments of the rift that cut through the Ethiopian and Kenyan dome. My overall goal is to be able to get a better understanding of the origin and evolution of the Turkana Depression in terms of rift development.