Samuel Neely

Samuel Neely

PhD Candidate

Conservation paleobiology, paleoecology, invertebrate paleontology, coastal wetlands

Pronouns: He / Him / His

  SamuelHNeely@tamu.edu

  Halbouty 272

Research

My research combines components of ecology, geology, and hydrology to explore taphonomic controls on modern peat accumulation in mangrove swamps and coastal wetlands.  Peat accumulation is crucial for carbon sequestration because buried carbon-rich plant debris reduces the amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide.  In my research, I analyze peat particle size and faunal constituents from peat cores to characterize, assess, and interpret the depositional environment of modern peats. I also study invertebrates within the mangrove ecosystem and how their behaviors may influence peat characterization and accumulation.  My research facilitates detailed reconstructions of precursor mangrove depositional environments with implications for interpreting ancient permineralized peat deposits. 

 

Selected Publications

Neely, S. H., Kelley, P. K., and Friedman, M. M. (2021). Predator-Prey Interactions among Pliocene Molluscs from
the Tjörnes Peninsula, Iceland, Across the Trans-Arctic Invasion. Lethaia. https://doi.org/10.1111/let.12426.


Conference Presentations
Neely, S. H. and Raymond, A. 2021. Decomposition of red mangrove (Rhizophora mangle) leaf litter in litterbags: Implications for peat accumulation in mangrove swamps [ABSTRACT]. Ecological Society of America: Vital Connections in Ecology. (Presenting author, August 5, 2021, Virtual).

Neely, S. H. and Raymond, A. 2020. Tidal flooding and the dispersal of Melampus coffeus on mangrove peat
substrates, Key Largo, Florida [ABSTRACT]. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs
52(6). (Presenting author, October 27, 2020, Connects Online).

Raymond, A., Neely, S.H., and Chrpa, M. 2020. A depth and environmental model for cordaitean coal-ball
formations based on plant constituents [ABSTRACT]. Geological Society of America Abstracts with
Programs 52(6).

Neely S.H., Raymond, A., and Solis, T. 2019. Peat particle size distribution: A proxy for peat depositional
environments in mangrove swamps of South Florida [ABSTRACT]. Geological Society of America
Abstracts with Programs 51(5). (Presenting author, September 23, 2019, Phoenix, AZ).

Neely, S. H. and Raymond, A. 2019. Leaf destruction by Melampus coffeus in basin and fringe mangrove swamps, Barnes Sound, Key Largo, Florida: Implications for nutrient-cycling within mangrove swamps [ABSTRACT]. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs (Presenting author, March 28, 2019, Charleston, SC).

Neely, S. H. and Kelley, P. H. 2016. Analysis of naticid gastropod predation across the trans-Arctic invasion in the
Tjörnes Beds, Iceland, and the Red Crag Formation, East Anglia, England [ABSTRACT]. EGU General
Assembly Geophysical Research Abstracts 18, (Presenting author, April 18, 2016, Vienna, Austria).

Kelley, P.H., Neely, S.H., Baldwin, R.J., Hoskins, W.L., Kerr, T.U., Liskiewicz, C.M., Micovic, J.M., Stefan, J.M., Swank, E.T., and Dietl, G.P. 2015. Paleoecological relationships within Pliocene bivalve assemblages from the
Carolinas and Virginia [ABSTRACT]. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs 47(7):348.
(Presenting author, November 2, 2015, Baltimore, MD).

Kelley, P.H., Over, J.R., Neely, S.H., Erdie, R.J., Macnair, C.C., Oakes, W.D., Quinto, C.A., Vanderkin, H.R., and Dietl, G.P. 2015. Geographic and temporal comparisons of bivalve diversity in the Plio-Pleistocene of Virginia
and the Carolinas [ABSTRACT]. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs 47(7).

Cooke, K.A., Dalsing, R.E., Kelley, P.H., Neely, S. H., and Micovic, J.M. 2015. Drilling predation on a Pleistocene
molluscan assemblage from La Belle, Florida, and relation to encounter rates [ABSTRACT]. Geological
Society of America Abstracts with Programs 47(7):345.

Kelley, P.H., Cooke, K.A., Cronin, K., Kelly, B.T., Moore, N.O., Mohr, K.A. and Neely, S.H. 2015. Life modes of
Pleistocene bivalves from La Belle, Florida: Taphonomic implications and relationship to drilling predation
[ABSTRACT]. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs 47(2): 26. (Presenting author, March
19, 2015, Chattanooga, TN).

Education

M.S. Geology, University of North Carolina Wilmington
B.S. Biology / Minor Chemistry, Presbyterian College
B.S. Psychology, Presbyterian College

Awards

2020, 2021     College of Geosciences: ConocoPhillips/Heep Endowed Graduate Fellowship
2019               Geological Society of America Energy Geology Division: Antoinette Lierman Medlin Scholarship
2019               College of Geosciences: Jack M. and Florence N. Oswald Graduate Fellowship in Geology
2019               Geological Society of America: Graduate Student Research Grant
2016               UNCW Department of Geography and Geology Excellent Service Award
2015               Geological Society of America: Graduate Student Research Grant
2015               The Paleontological Society: Ellis L. Yochelson Award

Courses

Courses taught as Instructor:
GEOL 207: Dinosaur World
GEOL 207: Dinosaur World (Online)


Courses taught as Teaching Assistant:
GEOL 152: History of the Earth
GEOL 207: Dinosaur World
GEOL 305: Paleobiology

Additional Information

Advisor: Dr. Anne Raymond

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
Paleontological Society
Geological Society of America
Ecological Society of America
Sigma Gamma Epsilon: Theta Kappa chapter
European Geosciences Union
The Crustacean Society

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