Hello! I’m a postdoctoral research scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. I graduated in May from Brown University with a PhD from Jim Russell’s organic geochemistry lab, and now work with Peter de Menocal and Kevin Uno at Lamont.
I aim to understand African paleoclimate throughout the Miocene, Pliocene, and Pleistocene on time scales ranging from millions to hundreds of years. This is crucial for understanding and contextualizing our hominin ancestors’ evolutionary past. The tools I use to address these pressing questions are found in sedimentary archives from lakes and oceans in the form of organic biomarkers. In particular, I use the hydrogen and carbon isotopic signatures found in ancient leaf wax to reconstruct past vegetation and hydrologic changes. Please view my CV for a list of publications and check out the research page to learn about my involvement in a variety of exciting projects.
In addition to science, I also like to rock climb and play board games. I recently moved to Nyack, NY and am enjoying exploring the area!