The Southern Ocean is a fascinating place. Here, the complex interaction between the ocean, atmosphere, and cryosphere drives air-sea carbon dioxide exchange and plays a central role in regulating Earth’s climate on glacial-interglacial timescales. My research goal is understanding how changes in Southern Ocean circulation, biological activity, and carbonate chemistry can regulate the global carbon system and Earth’s climate on timescales ranging from thousands to hundreds of thousands of years. To answer this question, I use the stable isotope (δ13C and δ18O) and trace metal composition of sedimentary microfossils (foraminifera), along with other geochemical proxies, to reconstruct the chemistry of the ocean. From this, we can better understand how and why the climate changed in the past, and anticipate the role of these mechanisms in future climate change.
I was born and raised in New Jersey, spending an exorbitant amount of time at the beach. As such, I developed a deep connection to the ocean and became interested in earth system processes. I spent my undergraduate education bouncing between science and policy, ultimately obtaining a B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Maryland. This led to policy work in Washington, D.C. and a brief stint in law school before deciding to return to the sciences. Prior to graduate school, I participated in an NSF-funded REU at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and was a research assistant in the Sikes Paleoclimate Lab at Rutgers. I am now completing my PhD at Rutgers with Dr. Elisabeth Sikes. When I am not working, I am usually surfing, skiing, cooking, or hiking—usually with a camera in hand.