My research focuses on the investigation of biogeochemical mechanisms including sulfate reduction and sulfur oxidation in the Santa Barbara Basin and the Salton Sea.
I received my Bachelor’s degree from Miami University (OH) where I majored in Chemistry and Zoology. There I did research in algal biofuels and cellulose degrading bacteria. After graduating, I worked as a research assistant on projects involving K-12 science education and molecular biology. I received my Master’s degree from Cal State LA in Geology and did research in the bioremediation of heavy metals in Los Angeles, specifically in analyzing processes governing the sequestration of copper, lead, and zinc in bioremediation media. My areas of expertise include molecular biology techniques, analytical chemistry techniques, and statistical programming and modeling (SAS, R , Python).