About me

I am currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department at the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC). My research uses geochemical tracers (e.g., radioisotopes and stable isotopes) to better understand water, nutrient, and trace metal cycling in freshwater and marine ecosystems. I leverage these tools across diverse and complex landscapes as well as in the context of new disturbances (wildfire) to better understand interconnections between water and biogeochemical processes. I am particularly interested in exploring (1) how hydrologic processes shape aqueous biogeochemistry, and (2) how anthropogenic changes alter hydrologic and biogeochemical processes in coastal, estuarine, and freshwater ecosystems. 

I graduated from UCSC with a B.S. in Marine Biology and a minor in Earth Sciences in 2012. After graduating, I joined the United States Geological Survey (USGS) under Dr. Peter Swarzenski to apply novel field methods for long-term groundwater monitoring at the land-sea interface. 

After working for two years at the USGS to refine my research skills and goals, I decided to return to school to study coastal groundwater dynamics. From 2014 through 2016, I worked alongside Dr. Henrietta Dulai at the University of HawaiĘ»i at Manoa as a M.S. student, where I studied the effects of on-site sewage disposal system effluent on terrestrial and coastal groundwater quality. After obtaining my M.S. in 2016, I returned to UCSC to pursue my Ph.D. in Dr. Adina Paytan's Biogeochemistry Lab. 

I am Swiftwater Rescue and Open Water Diver certified. In between degrees, I spent two summers as a commercial whitewater guide in California. In 2014, I became a nationally-registered emergency medical technician (EMT) to fulfill my secondary interests in emergency medicine.

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