I recently graduated (May 2019) with my PhD in Earth System Science from the University of California, Irvine. My dissertation research is titled: “Ice core records of ethane and acetylene for use as biomass burning proxies”. This research involved reconstructing paleo-atmospheric levels of biomass burning-specific gases ethane and acetylene over the last 2,000 years from ice cores in both Greenland and Antarctica. A significant portion of my tenure at UCI was spent conducting field work (2 field seasons at the South Pole and multiple trips during the summer to the National Science Foundation’s Ice Core Facility). I also utilized Chemistry Transport Models (the UCI-CTM) to interpret biomass burning emissions from the ice core records. I was advised by Dr. Eric Saltzman and Dr. Murat Aydin. Recent publication, 2016 publication
I am also interested in 1) understanding the composition of the current atmosphere and how climate change is impacting natural biogeochemical cycles of trace gases and 2) understanding how past changes in biogeohemical cycles can aid in our understanding of future climate change (think abrupt climate changes in the past).
I am currently focused on extending the ice core records of ethane and acetylene over the last 50,000 years. After a brief “postdoctoral” position at UC Irvine for the summer of 2019, I will begin a postdoctoral position at NOAA GMD in Boulder, CO advised by Dr. Steve Montzka.
My skills include:
- conducting independent (wet) laboratory work utilizing gas chromatography with high-resolution (magnetic sector) mass spectrometry
- working in cold/harsh environments (2 trips to South Pole, Antarctica and many hours working in cold-rooms and walk-in freezers)
- analyzing data using computer models (box models, chemical transport models) and multiple computer languages (Matlab, Fortran, R)
- designing and building a vacuum line for ultra-trace gas analysis
- a strong background in atmospheric sciences (meteorology), atmospheric chemistry, earth system science, geology, and math.
- strong written and spoken communication abilities.
I am passionate about science education/outreach and engaging with my local community about the impacts of climate change. I have given several presentations “off-campus” to churches and various organizations about my research on ice cores, my experiences living and working in Antarctica, and about general climate science and climate change.
I am the proud “mom” of two kitties, Sallie (Ride) and Nova. I enjoy hiking, playing volleyball, gardening, reading and baking.
Check out my (not so updated) blog here.