My name is Cameron Batchelor, and I’m a junior geology major at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC who loves food, dogs, Criss Angel, my family, and snow. I grew up in Raleigh, NC seeking mountains and outdoors when I got old enough to leave the city. Geology is a passion of mine since I love the Earth around me so much, and studying it is my greatest privilege.
The geology department at Appalachian State University has been my greatest honor to be a part of while in college. The professors are all great, and I am so excited to be working with two of the greatest professors there:
I have been working with Dr. Sarah Carmichael as my adviser since I was a freshman at Appalachian State University. She was my Intro to Physical Geology professor, and when I approached her asking if there were any research opportunities for me to pursue, she gladly took me under her wing on a geomicrobiology project. Before I knew it, I worked my way up to working with her on research during the Late Devonian period, partnered with Dr. Johnny Waters. She is one of the strongest people I know, and she has had the most influence on me when reflecting back on my successful geology career. I would not be the geologist I am today without her. She has persistently worked with me to improve my scientific writing and presenting skills, while also pushing my limits so I am able to become the best geologist possible. Thank you Dr. C for everything you do- I don’t know how I’ll ever repay you.
Dr. Johnny Waters took me under his wing when I began to work on Late Devonian geochemistry research. He has strongly influenced my evolution in becoming a knowledgeable geologist, and has opened my eyes to the reality of being a prominent researcher in the geologic field. He has traveled literally all over the world (and I mean everywhere…there is not a place on Earth he hasn’t been, or will be going to), and he encourages me every day to never stop reaching higher in the stars when it comes to Geology. When I traveled with him to Mongolia, I kept saying, “this is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity,” and he would reply, “it doesn’t have to be ‘once in a lifetime.'” Thank you Dr. Waters for all you do for me!