PhD Candidate, ISEN Cluster Fellow
My research seeks to understand the carbon cycle perturbations that led to dramatic climate change in the Neoproterozoic (~541 million to 1 billion years ago). I study radiogenic Sr (87/88Sr), stable Sr (δ88/86Sr), and Ca (δ44/40Ca) isotopes of carbonate rocks from that time to investigate the mechanisms that would have contributed to one of these “Snowball Earth” events. I work with Matthew Hurtgen, Andrew Jacobson and Magdalena Osburn for my PhD work. Specifically, I work in the Radiogenic Isotope Laboratory and use a high-precision double-spike technique to measure δ88/86Sr and δ44/40Ca on a Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometer (TIMS). Understanding the carbon cycle and its influence on climate is critical for understanding Earth’s future climate, especially as we are heading towards a period of dramatic climate change.
Fellowship and Awards
EPS Departmental Service Award 2019 – 2020
NSF Graduate Research Fellow – Honorable Mention 2019
Institute of Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern Cluster Fellow 2018 – 2019
"Radiogenic and stable Sr isotope records preceding the Sturtian snowball earth event"
- Goldschmidt Conference, Virtual July 2020
"Stable strontium isotope (δ88⁄86Sr) record of pre-Sturtian carbonate rocks spanning a large δ13C anomaly"
- Goldschmidt Conference in Barcelona, Spain August 2019
- Midwest Geobiology Conference in St. Louis, MO September 2019
EARTH 373: Microbial Ecology - Spring (virtual) 2020
ISEN 220: Introduction to Energy Systems for the 21st Century - Winter 2019
EARTH 106: Ocean, Atmosphere, and Climate - Fall 2019
GeoEquity Initiative, Northwestern University - June 2020 – present
Science Club, Northwestern University - January 2020 – [paused for pandemic]
Expanding Your Horizons, Workshop Presenter - December 7th, 2019
Graduate Student Panelist for Northwestern REUs - July 17th 2019
Earth and Learn Symposium, Workshop Presenter - May 20th, 2019
Adler Planetarium Earth Fest Climate Expert - April 13th, 2019
Integrating Climate Science into STEM Courses - June 28th, 29th 2018