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550 E. TYLER MALL PS-F WING, ROOM 686
TEMPE, AZ 85287-1404
I am a PhD student in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University. My research explores the history of Earth and Mars with a particular interest in planetary habitability. To do this I work on two projects, one in isotope geochemistry and another in nuclear physics: 1) I apply novel and established techniques in isotope geochemistry to ancient rocks as a window to look at Earth millions-to-billions of years ago (advised by Ariel Anbar). 2) I examine Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons (DAN) active-mode data from the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity rover to study Martian surface and shallow-subsurface conditions today along Curiosity's traverse (advised by Craig Hardgrove).
Some scientific interests include:
•Examining the relationship between the evolution of life and changes in the oxygenation of the
atmosphere and ocean.
•Increasing the utility of DAN and accuracy of data by: 1) including the surface geology (such as sand cover) along MSL's traverse into models, and 2) using geochemistry DAN is sensitive to to track underground geologic features such as high-silica layers.
I have a M.Sc in Geology from the University of Houston advised by Dr. Alan Brandon. My thesis research was on oceanic anoxic event 2 (~95 Ma) where I collected highly siderophile element (Ru, Pd, Re, Os, Ir, Pt) concentrations and osmium isotope data from marine sedimentary rocks deposited during the event.
When I'm not in the lab I enjoy playing competitive video games. My main games are currently Destiny 2, Fortnite, Starcraft II, and league of legends. I used to be a semi-professional Halo player (Halo 2 and 3).
M.Sc Geology - University of Houston
B.Sc Geology - Ball State University
Minor - Japanese
My research interests include space exploration and understanding Earth's history using geochemistry. I am particularly interested in the rise of O2 in Earth's atmosphere and past global warming events (e.g., oceanic anoxic event 2, paleocene-eocene thermal maximum) to help calibrate models for the future climate change based on what happened in the past.
Geochemistry, Isotope Geochemistry, Nuclear Physics, Planetary Science