I love teaching and interacting with students. I was recently a student myself so I always have in mind what my classes might be like from the other side of the room. I take my science and my teaching very seriously and stay abreast of the latest developments in chemistry and geology as well as teaching pedagogies through professional development courses.
I am an avid board gamer, sci-fi reader, and juggler. I enjoy fitness challenges like the Tough Mudder, Rugged Maniac, and triathlons. I have three lovely children: a 7 year old girl and two baby boys.
The video introduction from my class is here.
PhD in Geochemistry 2014 Stony Brook University
- Studied calcium carbonate biomineralization pathways and metal accumulation in the lung tissues of Iraq/Afghanistan veterans
- Bench Techniques: X-ray diffraction, thermogravimetric analysis and differential scanning calorimetry, scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform IR spectroscopy, UV-Vis, Directly coupled plasma absorption emission spectroscopy, Optical microscopy
- Synchrotron Techniques: X-ray absorption spectroscopy, X-ray total scattering, μ-X-ray fluorescence, μ-X-ray diffraction at the Advanced Photon Source and National Synchrotron Light Source
MS in Geochemistry 2008 Colorado School of Mines
- Physiologic-based dissolution experiments of clay minerals
- Bench Techniques: X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, optical microscopy, Inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy
BS in Engineering-Physics 2003 Colorado School of Mines
- Minors in Petroleum Engineering and Liberal Arts and International Studies
- Schmidt, M.P., Ilott, A.J., Phillips, B.L., and Reeder, R.J. (2014) Structural changes on dehydration of amorphous calcium carbonate. Crystal Growth & Design. 14 (3), 938-951.
- Reeder, R.J., Tang, Y., Schmidt, M.P., Kubista, L.M., Cowan, D.F., Phillips, B.L. (2013) Characterization of structure in biogenic amorphous calcium carbonate: Pair Distribution Function and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance studies of lobster gastrolith. Crystal Growth & Design. 13, 1905-1914.
- Szema, A.M., Schmidt, M.P., Lanzirotti, A., Harrington, A.D., Lyubsky, S., Reeder, R.J., and Schoonen, M.A. (2012) Titanium and iron in lung of soldier with nonspecific interstitial pneumonitis and bronchiolitis after returning from Iraq. Journal of Occupational Environmental Medicine. 54 (1), 1-2.
- Schmidt, M.P. and Reeder, R.J. In situ transformation of synthetic amorphous calcium carbonates: A pair distribution function study. (In Prep)
- Schmidt, M.P. and Reeder, R.J. Dehydration and transformation of gastrolith amorphous calcium carbonate from the Homarus americanus. (In Prep)
- Schmidt, M.P., Phillips, B.L., Tang, Y., Michel, F.M., and Reeder, R.J. Ex situ transformation of amorphous calcium carbonate to crystalline forms: Insights from PDF, EXAFS, and NMR analysis (In Prep)
My virtual office hours are Wednesday 11am - 12pm in the AdobeConnect meeting room, but I generally have an "open door" policy. If I am working on class during the week (generally MWF), I will open a window in the AdobeConnect meeting room. Find the link to the meeting room in your current syllabus.
I am happy to meet online students face-to-face. Send me an email to set up an appointment.