Current - Gulliver Prep, Biology and Environmental Science Teacher
BP America 2013-2016
Geologist working for the exploration and appraisal of hydrocarbon reservoirs in deep water Gulf of Mexico and offshore Brazil. I was part of an interdisciplinary team of engineers, geophysicists, petroleum geologists focused on renewing the exploration portfolio.
Ph.D. Marine Geology and Geophysics, 2013, University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
M.Sc. Geology, May 2008, University of Illinois
B.Sc. Molecular and Cellular Biology, Spanish, May 2005, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
GRADUATE RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
Ph.D Marine Geology and Geophysics– Current research focus on microbe-mineral interactions, specifically to understand microbial processes acting on carbonate rocks in different depositional environments.
· Florida Bay and Exumas Salt Ponds –Early diagenesis influenced by microbial communities in carbonate mud banks, mud islands and salt ponds.
· Great Bahama Bank, Exumas and Turks and Caicos – Spatial variability of microbial communities, their associated microbial metabolisms, biofilm development and the role they play in the genesis of ooids. Collaboration with Dr. M. Diaz.
· South Florida Beaches– Investigated the role of microbial biofilms in the attachment and fate of water quality indicator bacteria at mixed carbonate and clastic recreational beaches. Led the experimental design, interpretation and communication of biological and sedimentological data to a research team of civil engineers, microbiologists and physicists to develop a hydrodynamic model for the transport of nearshore water contamination.
M.Sc. Geology - Studied the interdependence of modern corals and their algal symbiants in response to increasing sea surface temperatures. Contributed to a dynamic interdiceplayr team of geochemcist, geophysicts, geologist, immunology, histology and microbiology.
· Microscopy – Environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM), Confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) and 3-D image rendering.
· Geochemistry- Pore water chemistry analysis of alkalinity and chloride titrations, ICP-OES measurement of trace elements calcium, magnesium and strontium, experience preparing samples and interpreting stable isotope chemistry of inorganic and organic d13C and d18O, X-ray diffraction
· Molecular and Cellular Biology – Polymerase chain reaction (PCR), terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism (T-RFLP), cDNA Libraries, histochemical staining using lectin and DNA probes, phenol-sulfuric acid quantification of biofilm development
LEADERSHIP AND TEACHING EXPERIENCE
International Coastal Clean-up, Miami-Dade- 2009, Virginia Key, Miami, Florida. Team leader responsible for the underwater collection and removal of shoreline debris using SCUBA techniques. Developed diving operations plans, contingency plans and delegated duties to other divers to meet objectives while considering safe diving practices.
Illinois State Geological Survey Open House- 2007, University of Illinois representative and Open House Chair. Designed the plans for an 800 cubic foot rendering of Mammoth Cave and administered duties to Geology Club members for its construction as an educational exhibit on the processes of cave formation.
L.I.G.A.S.E. Biological Society- 2004-2006, Executive Chairman Biology Open House. Designed the Open House event layout and coordinated the efforts to obtain corporate and academic sponsorship. Managed six teams of undergraduate students in setting goals and reaching their fulfillment for all aspects of their display. Served as Master of Ceremonies.
Bri-Bri Indian Health Services - 2005, Talamanca, Costa Rica. Organized and led a team of volunteers in the Dengue Prevention Campaign. Educated locals on the mechanisms of disease transmission in Spanish and implemented sanitary practices for wastewater removal in affected areas.
Key Sales- 2000-2005 - Regional sales manager for central and southern Illinois responsible for the representation of Kretschmar Deli products. Coordinated the fulfillment of product orders and promotional events between store managers and branch office. Supervised field sales personnel activities such as in store training and merchandising techniques. Concord Foods - 1998-2000, Independent sales contractor responsible for direct sales of products to produce market managers and subsequently merchandising products throughout produce departments.
Sedimentology and Stratigraphy – Head lab instructor responsible for developing detailed exercises on carbonate and siliciclastic petrography, quantitative stratigraphy, and depositional and diagenetic reconstructions, as well as a field trip to Paleozoic deposits of the Illinois Basin
Microbes and the Environment- Invited lecturer on the topics of the role of microbes in the carbon cycle, coral microbiology and biofilm development
Earth Systems History- Educated students on the earliest origins of Earth and surveying major steps in the evolution of the geosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere. Supplemented lessons with hands-on experiments and models using household supplies to illustrate earth processes.
Planet Earth– Presented information on earth’s resources, natural hazards, groundwater pollution and the development of natural landscapes.
PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
Piggot, A.M., Fouke, B.W., Sivaguru, M., Sanford, R.A., Gaskins, H.R. 2009. Change in zooxanthellae and mucocyte tissue density as an adaptive response to environmental stress by the coral Montastraea annularis: Marine Biology 156:2379-2389 DOI:10.1007/s00227-009-1267-1
Piggot, A.M., Phillips, M., Johnson, S., Klaus, J.K. and Solo-Gabriele, H. 2011. Biofilm development and levels of fecal indicator bacteria at recreational beaches in South Florida. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Submitted
Piggot, A.M., J.S. Klaus, and P.K. Swart. Characterization of microbial communities and geochemisty of Florida Bay mud banks. International Association of Sedimentologist,28th IAS Meeting of Sedimentology, July 5-8, 2011, Poster Presentation
Piggot, A.M., M. Phillips, S. Johnson, H. Solo-Gabriele and J.S. Klaus. Enterococci levels are related to sediment biofilm development at Florida recreational beaches. American Society for Microbiologists Florida Branch Annual Meeting, September 24-25, 2011, Oral Presentation
Piggot, A.M. and Klaus, J.S. Beach Sediment Biofilms: Refugia for Indicator and Microbial Pathogens? Poster session presented at: Oceans and Human Health: Gordon Research Conference; 2010 June 13-18, University of New England Biddeford, ME
Piggot, A.M., Fouke, B.W., Sivaguru, M., Sanford, R.A., Gaskins, H.R. 2009. Change in zooxanthellae and mucocyte tissue density as an adaptive response. 11th Annual International Coral Reef Symposium 2008; Ft. Lauderdale, Fl
AWARDS AND HONORS
CSL Center for Carbonate Research- October 2011, Rookie of the Year Oral Presentation at the annual sponsors meeting with Exxon, BP, Conoco Phillips, Chevron, Maersk Oil, Statoil, Hess, BR Petrobras, BPC, YPF.
American Society for Microbiology Florida Conference- September 2011, 2nd Place, Best Oral Presentation by Graduate Student
Center for Oceans and Human Health NSF and NIEHS Fellowship - 2010-2011,
University of Miami Center for Ocean and Human Health Pilot Grant- 2009-2010
Evergreen Graduate Fellowship 2007-08 – Department of Geology, University of Illinois
Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award 2006-07, Department of Geology, University of Illinois
West Texas and New Mexico - Newfoundland and Labrador Summer Field Course – May 2011, University of Miami, Teaching Assistant, Geologic history, structure, sedimentology and stratigraphy, igneous petrology of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, focus on ancient carbonates.
Microbialites of Little Darby Island, Exumas, Bahamas- May 2010, Distribution of salt pond and stromatolite facies combined with textural fabric analysis of associated microbialites.
Ancient Carbonate Field Seminar West Texas and New Mexico– October 2009, Dravis Interests, Inc. and Chesapeake Energy. Description and classification of carbonate rocks applied to the evaluation of carbonate reservoirs.
Modern Carbonate Field Seminar Turks and Caicos Islands – May 2009, Dravis Interests, Inc. and Chesapeake Energy. The effect of depositional setting and early porosity modification on carbonate reservoirs.
Exumas Drilling Project – April 2009, Assisted with drilling and core logging of carbonates from the windward margins of the Exumas to understand Pleistocence sea level history.
Modern-Ancient Carbonates on Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles – March 2008, University of Illinois, Field course on the sedimentology, sequence stratigraphy and diagenesis of Neogene carbonates and siliciclastics.
Fluent in Spanish, Advanced Open Water SCUBA certified, motorcycle mechanic restoration, carpenter, cycling, sailing, surfing, fishing.