About Me

I am a PhD scientist, artist, and former academic. My current focus is on projects that celebrate the diversity of human imagination and experience, through mediums including digital art and literature.

Until June 2022 I was a Postdoctoral Associate at CU Boulder. I worked with Prof. Kevin Mahan on evaluating the petrology, isotope geochemistry, and thermobarometry of crustal xenoliths from the Navajo Volcanic Field. In Fall 2021 I additionally worked with Prof. Becky Flowers and the TRaIL lab to help develop U-Pb applications for the newly installed NWR193 Excimer Laser Ablation system. I defended my PhD in Geology in March 2020 at the UCLA Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences. I graduated from Wesleyan University in 2014 with a B.A. in Earth & Environmental Sciences.

My PhD research with my advisor T. Mark Harrison was an investigation of the dynamic crustal thickness of the southern Lhasa terrane of the Tibetan plateau using geochemical microanalytical techniques. I am more broadly interested in the use of crystal-scale analyses to reconstruct large-scale magmatic and structural processes. For more information, see my research page.

I had the opportunity to teach geology majors in upper-division classes for several years. Check out my teaching page for more detail. For two years I was the president of the UCLA Earth, Planetary, and Space Science Student Organization (EPSSSO), a grad student-run organization dedicated to enrichment and outreach events for EPSS as well as the greater geoscience community.

I am a strong advocate of equity, diversity, and inclusion in the geosciences, and worked for several years to increase participation and support of gender and ethnic minorities in academic science.