Welcome to my scientific corner of the web

I work as a Senior Mass Spectrometer Technician at GNS Science (Te Pū Au) in Lower Hutt, New Zealand. The Stable Isotope Laboratory at GNS provides high-quality analyses of light stable isotopes (H, C, N, O, S) from a wide variety of matrices for many purposes (new SIL website coming soon!). I am still actively working to publish my PhD and postdoctoral research and am open to future scientific collaborations.

I completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2020 – 2022) with Dr. Adam Hartland at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand, where I was part of a team researching past climate and geochemical proxies in speleothems (cave deposits).

I obtained my PhD in Earth System Science from the University of California, Irvine (2019). My research, under the supervision of Dr. Kathleen Johnson, focused on paleoclimate reconstructions of the Southeast Asian Monsoon as well as the controls and interpretations of speleothem proxies. Please visit the “Research” and “Links” tabs above to find additional information about my interests, research groups, and departments.

Brief biography:
I am originally from North Carolina, where I earned a B.A. in Geology (2004) from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (magna cum laude; University Honors and Honors in Geology; Minor in Creative Writing). Subsequently, I worked as a preparation chemist and mass spectroscopy analyst / operator at an environmental chemistry laboratory for nearly a decade. In 2014, I began working toward my PhD at UCI, which I completed in December 2019. As a specialist in stable isotope mass spectrometry at GNS Science, I hope to continue building my career by involving research and the communication of science alongside my growing technical expertise.

*The photos on this page are from a personal trip to Scotland (2017). While not directly related to my research, they signify my appreciation of geologic processes, deep time, and the outdoors. Top banner: Siccar Point, Berwickshire; headshot: Sandwood Bay Beach, Sutherland.