My research focuses on reconstructing the history of the Earth’s climate system through the lens of the ocean. More specifically, I generate records of past ocean conditions to better understand the response of important oceanic processes and internal climate patterns to periods of naturally abrupt climate change. By using a combination of geochemical and modeling techniques, paleoceanographers such as myself are able to extract climate information from microfossils preserved in marine sediments (tiny zooplankton called “foraminifera”) to learn how the ocean relates to other components of the Earth-climate system. By looking into the past, we can better anticipate our future.
I was born and raised along the southern shores of Virginia Beach, where my close proximity to the coast quickly instilled a love for the ocean. I completed my undergraduate education at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, where I was exposed to the impacts of climate change first hand. Norfolk, home to the world’s largest naval base, is second only to New Orleans as one of the most susceptible U.S. metropolitan areas to sea level rise. The socioeconomic stress I witnessed caused by recurrent flooding inspired me to study climate change. After graduating, I remained in Norfolk to pursue my Master’s degree, where I studied the response of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation to rapid climate change. Now, I am working on newly-retrieved samples from the Indian and Southern Oceans to investigate the mechanics of CO2 ventilation as the climate transitioned out of the last Ice Age.
- 2016, B.S. Ocean and Earth Science, Old Dominion University
- 2019, M.S. Ocean and Earth Science, Old Dominion University
- 2019-present: PhD Student, Oceanography, Rutgers University