I grew up on Long Island, New York close to the beaches of the south shore. As a child, I was fascinated by rocks and minerals, and often took weekly trips to the local rock shop in town. After attending an Astronomy summer program in upstate New York during high school, I started college at UMass Amherst as an Astronomy major. I eventually added Geology as a second degree program, graduating in 2007 with B.S. degrees in Astronomy and Geology, and a minor in Physics.
During my junior year in college, I worked on an Astronomy research project with Dr. Daniel Macintosh that involved categorizing images of galaxies from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey to better understand the environments of major galaxy mergers. For my senior thesis project in Geology, I worked with Dr. Mark Leckie measuring stable isotopes on foraminifera and neodymium isotopes on fossil fish debris from a Florida Straits sediment core. This project introduced me to foraminifera and paleoceanography, and I've been hooked ever since! I have a true passion and love for foraminifera, and they continue to fascinate me everyday.
Next, I completed by M.S. in Marine and Atmospheric Sciences in 2010 from Stony Brook University. I worked with Dr. David Black on a foraminiferal assemblage project using Cariaco Basin sediment. I developed an ultra high-resolution record of tropical Atlantic climate variability across Dansgaard-Oeschger Event 12.
In 2015 I received my PhD in Oceanography from Texas A&M University. I worked with my advisor, Dr. Matthew Schmidt, on a variety of projects involving paleotemperature proxies and climate reconstructions during the last glacial and deglacial periods. My first semester, I went on a month long research cruise to the Eastern Equatorial Pacific. The sediment cores I helped recover on the cruise became the basis for two chapters of my dissertation. I also sailed on cruises to the Central Tropical Pacific and the North Atlantic.
In August of 2015 I began a post-doctoral research position with Dr, David Lund at the University of Connecticut, Avery Point. My main research project involved understanding the mechanisms of atmospheric carbon dioxide rise during the last deglaciation through analyses of carbon isotopes in planktonic and benthic foraminifera.
In October 2017, I began a second post-doctoral position at Old Dominion University. I am currently working on an NSF funded project to reconstruct ENSO and tropical Pacific mean state variability across the abrupt climate events of the last glacial period.