Joshua Olsen


Joshua Olsen
209A Thaw Hall
4107 O'Hara Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260



I graduated with a BS from the Geology and Environmental Science department at Wheaton College in Illinois in 2014. During this time I completed an 8-week field geology camp hosted by Wheaton in the Black Hills of South Dakota which built my passion for structural and field geology. I also participated in a summer research program dealing with the glacial and post-glacial stratigraphy of Wheaton's "Perry" Mastodon. After this I enrolled for one semester as a Non-Degree-Seeking student at Northern Illinois University. While there I took graduate classes and conducted a short research project on R. A. F. Penrose's "What a Geologist can do in War" - a pamphlet written to the US Army in World War One to convince them of the military utility of geologists. I came to Pitt with the research experience gained from these projects and now work with Dr. Nadine McQuarrie researching and modeling flexure and erosion in the Western Nepal Himalayas and tying that to thermokinematic modeling and measurements in order to refine cross section geometry in the fold-thrust belt. On the side I also work as a freelance illustrator and photographer for scientific publications including textbooks and articles.