Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: MELISSA LOBEGEIER
Associate Professor

Phone: (615) 898-2403
Fax: (615) 898-5592
Department of Geosciences
MTSU Box 9
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Web Address:


B.S. in Earth Sciences, 1994, University of Queensland

Honours Degree in B.S. (Earth Sciences), 1995, University of Queensland

Ph.D. in Marine Geology, 2001, James Cook University

Postdoctoral Researcher in Micropaleontology, 2001-2005, Louisiana State University

Oceanographic Researcher, 2005-2006, University of Concepción & University of Bergen



From 2006, Assistant and Associate Professor, Department of Geosciences, Middle Tennessee State University


- $165,000 grant from U.S. EPA

- 2011 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting – Lobegeier, Gilley, and Tackett

- 2011 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting – Gilley and Lobegeier

- 2011 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting – Tackett and Lobegeier

- 2012 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting

-    Forams and hydrocarbon seeps in the Gulf of Mexico        2009 Report                2006 Abstract

-    Benthic forams of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

I participated in the Academy for Teaching Excellence (ATE) sponsored

by the Learning, Teaching and Innovative Technologies Center at MTSU

developing new curricular material for my class in Introductory Earth Science

and collecting data to assess the effectiveness of the new material in student learning.

The results of this work will be published.





Lobegeier, M.K., 2012, Benthic foraminifera as contributors to carbonate sand around Green Island Reef, Great Barrier Reef Province, Coral Reefs, accepted.


Sen Gupta, B.K., Lobegeier, M.K.,  and Smith, L.E., 2009, Foraminiferal communities of bathyal and abyssal hydrocarbon seeps, Northern Gulf of Mexico: A taxonomic, ecologic and geologic study: U.S. Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, New Orleans, LA, OCS Study MMS 2009-013, 385 pp.


Lobegeier, M.K. and Sen Gupta, B.K., 2008, Foraminifera of hydrocarbon seeps, Gulf of Mexico, Journal of Foraminiferal Research, vol. 38, p. 93-116.


Sen Gupta, B.K., Smith, L.E., and Lobegeier, M.K., 2006, Epibenthic foraminifers at cold seeps avoid sulphide toxicity by attaching to tubeworm bushes, Marine Micropaleontology, vol. 6, p. 1-6.


Lobegeier, M.K., 2002, Benthic foraminifera of the Family Calcarinidae from Green Island Reef, Great Barrier Reef Province, Journal of Foraminiferal Research, vol. 32, p. 201-216.