My research aims to understand the impacts and variability of North Atlantic surface currents and rapid climate changes of the recent past (Late Holocene). Trained in the methods of sclerochronology, I measure the physical and chemical properties within the shells of marine bivalves as proxies for past environmental variability.
I completed a B.A. in Geology at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, a Ph.D. in Geology (co-major in Environmental Science) at Iowa State University, and a postdoc at NORCE Norwegian Research Centre and Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research in Bergen, Norway. I joined the Corals and Paleoclimate research group at USGS in 2020 to contribute to the study of climate variability and ocean circulation through reconstruction of past environments, specializing in sclerochronological tools applied to bivalve mollusk proxy archives.
2020-present – Research Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey, St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center, St. Petersburg, FL
2020 – Lecturer in Environmental Systems Science, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
2018-2019 – Postdoctoral Scholar, NORCE Norwegian Research Centre, Bjerknes Center for Climate Research, Bergen, Norway
2018 – Science Communications Intern, Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, Washington, D.C.
Education and Certifications
Ph.D., Geology, Environmental Science, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
B.A., Geology (Honors Thesis), Macalester College, St. Paul, MN