My current research involves modeling of the chemical and physical
processes that have affected the chemical composition of the Earth's
interior. In particular, I am interested in how subducted material
(material from the Earth's surface that is mixed into the mantle when
tectonic plates collide) has influenced the Earth'schemical evolution.
I primarily work with theoretical models of chemical and physical
processes, and I test my theories using observed data from the field.
My primary interests in science education are in the dissemination
of scientific knowledge, particularly in the Earth Sciences, and in
introducing young women into scientific fields. I feel that the Earth
Sciences will play an increasingly important role in the world as
humans continue to interact with and change the environment. My hopes
are that, as a CSIP fellow, I will be able to create a strong interest
in the Earth Sciences in high school students, who will then go on
to follow that interest in college and beyond. I also hope to provide
a positive example for high school aged young women, and to encourage
them to follow their scientific interests.
Although my current research is rather esoteric, I have a wide range
of other interests that might provide excellent starting points for
K-12 activities. Because the science of geology encompasses many other
scientific fields, I have an excellent overall scientific knowledge
base, and I can easily adapt my interests to those of the students
with which I am interacting.