- 2005 CSIP Fellow
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
I am generally interested in the relationships
between geochemistry, tectonics, climate, and ecosystems.
The connections and feedbacks between these various “spheres”
are often not well understood and yet are key to understanding
of Earth surface processes. As a student in the program
in Biogeochemistry and Environmental Change here at Cornell,
I have enjoyed working extensively with people across a
range of scientific departments.
As a senior in college, I investigated a technique for
differentiating between natural and anthropogenic metals
in river sediments. Early in my graduate career, I studied
soil trace element chemistry along a Hawaiian chronosequence,
from soils a few hundred years old to soils over 4 million
years old. This study was part of a larger project quantifying
importance of dust transported across the Pacific as a nutrient
supply to Hawaiian ecosystems. Specifically, I examined
the behavior and speciation of the naturally-occurring trace
metal uranium over long-term soil development. Currently,
my research focuses on the use of isotopic tracers to investigate
weathering processes. I am investigating the use of uranium
isotope disequilibra in combination with strontium isotope
ratios as a tracer of the sources, rates, and hydrology
I look forward to working in chemistry, earth science,
or environmental science classrooms, as well as in general
science classrooms with younger kids. I was a science teacher
for three years before coming to grad school and have taught
grades 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, and 12, and a range of subjects.
I have lots of ideas for student projects, including ideas
I used previously in my teaching, but I also will enjoy
developing new projects based on the specific interests
and needs of teacher-partners.