Currently I am an NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Desert Research Institute in Reno, NV working with Joe McConnell studying lead isotopes in polar ice cores to examine and trace historical changes in lead pollution sources.


I owe my interest in science and research in part to my mother, who provided my brother and I the opportunity to go outside the classroom to work with people of all ages and investigate the natural world through direct involvement in environmental programs. Through experiences monitoring water quality, phytoplankton, bald eagles, and working as a rocky shore naturalist, my early work impressed upon me the importance of understanding the natural world and the need to share that knowledge with youth and the community. These early experiences motivated me to pursue a degree in secondary science education with a double major in chemistry and earth and space science at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. I went on to complete my doctoral degree at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR with Alyssa Shiel investigating influences of natural and anthropogenic lead sources on environmental archives. 


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Research Interests:

My research focuses on tracing the pathways of heavy metals in the environment to consider and mitigate the consequences of environmental perturbations on life in the ocean and on land. The application of geochemical techniques allows me to work in a diverse array of systems from West Coast estuarine systems to Arctic environments. 

Current research uses Pb isotopes in glacial ice to examine and fingerprint historical changes in lead pollution sources.

Teaching Goals:

My goals as an Earth Science educator are to create an environment that is student-centered, where students actively engage with and inform the course content and build confidence and skills in making evidence-based conclusions. Introducing students to Earth Science in a deep, meaningful way, creates opportunities for students to understand the world around them. These connections and the understanding of what influences and shapes our world creates scientists and citizens who are well informed and prepared to discuss and search for solutions to some of the biggest issues facing our society.


Ph.D., Ocean, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences: Ocean Ecology and Biogeochemistry (2021)

Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

Dissertation: "Investigating Influences of Natural and Anthropogenic Lead Sources on Environmental Archives at Multiple Spatial and Temporal Scales: Evidence from Oysters and Ice Cores."

Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching (2020)

Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

B.S.Ed., Chemistry and Earth & Space Science (2015)

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Examining an ice core for cracks and irregularities
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Preparing samples for lead isotope analysis
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Standing on the bow of the R/V Oceanus
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Gas chromatography lab at Dow Corning Hyde
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Fieldwork in Netarts Bay
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Presenting research at the 2019 CERF conference
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