Shane Fussell

Mentor: Dr. Paul Mueller
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
"I got involved with research because I got to a point in my college career where I wanted to experience more in my field. Plus, I knew research would really set me apart from all of the other students when it came to job opportunities down the road. "




Business Administration

Research Interests

  • Structural Geology
  • Petroleum Geology
  • Zirconology

Academic Awards

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences Deans Scholarship
  • Field Camp Scholar Award (Estwing Award)
  • Scholarship America Foundation
  • Douglas Turner Grant


  • American Association of Petroleum Geologists
  • Geological Society of America
  • American Institute of Professional Geologists


  • Elementary School Daycare

Hobbies and Interests

  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking

Research Description

Using Zirconology to unlock the mysteries of Earth’s deepest basin: The Belt Basin
I will be using metamorphic rocks collected from the Bridger Range in Montana to better determine the ages and constrain the birth of one of the deepest basins in the world, the Belt Basin, using Zirconology.