About Me

About Me

I am a Ph.D. candidate at Syracuse University, working with the Lacustrine Rift Basin Research Group under the advisement of Dr. Christopher Scholz. My dissertation research focuses on the geochemistry and sedimentology of lake carbonates from rift lakes of the western Basin and Range. I am broadly interested in non-marine limestones, and have conducted research on lake, karst spring, hot spring, and speleothem deposits. I am also interested in paleoenvironmental records from other proxies, primarily sediment cores from lake basins, and understanding how these sediment records can inform us about the evolution of sedimentary basins and the relationships to hydroclimate.

Carbonate rocks are fascinating to me because their deposition is influenced by a complicated combination of physical, chemical, and biological factors. In non-marine settings we are still trying to understand just how these factors influence carbonate deposition in the very diverse depositional environments we find on the continents. And because non-marine carbonates can be extremely valuable temporal records of paleoenvironmental conditions, understanding how they form in specific environments is critical to making more robust interpretations of the past. Stable isotopes, trace element chemistry, and rock and sediment characteristics are all methods I use in my research to better inform these interpretations and evaluate paleoproxy records.

I am also passionate about geoscience education and outreach, and spent two summers (2015-2016) teaching with the amazing geoscience outreach program GeoFORCE Texas. I strive to make science fun, useful, and relevant to my students. Regardless of whether they end up as geoscientists, I hope that they come away from my classes with better knowledge and more enthusiasm for understanding Earth.