I am a fifth-year graduate student at Princeton University working with Professor Michael Bender. I have broad interests in Earth history, climate and the global carbon cycle. My dissertation research focuses on using the geochemistry of well preserved aragonitic fossil corals to reconstruct properties of ancient seawater chemistry (Mg/Ca, Sr/Ca, U/Ca, Mg isotopes, Ca isotopes) over million-year timescales. Through connections with the atmosphere, biosphere, and lithosphere, the chemical composition of the oceans integrates geological processes that control Earth’s climate and environment. As such, knowledge of seawater chemistry and its evolution can provide valuable insight into the evolution of the Earth system through time.
In addition to my interests in Earth history and the carbon cycle, my dissertation research has led me to become deeply interested in carbonate diagenesis and in understanding the origin of 'vital effects' in biominerals. Diagenesis and 'vital effects' are critical to recognize in materials used as archives of paleoenvironmental change because both can mask true paleoenvironmental signatures and lead to inaccuracies in reconstructions of past environments. For more information about my research, please click here.
Prior to coming to Princeton, I obtained Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Geosciences and Physics at Williams College (class of 2010). Apart from my scientific work, I also love to golf! Below is a picture of me playing for the Williams Women’s Golf team.