Education and Experience
2019-present: PhD candidate in Ecology at Colorado State University
2017-2019: MS in Ecology at Colorado State University
2017: BS in Earth Sciences from the University of New Hampshire
Summer 2016: Methane emission and isotopic composition in sub-arctic Sweden
Summer 2015: CSU Atmospheric Science Research Experience for Undergrads (REU)
Summer 2014: Nutrient Cycling in the White Mountains of New Hampshire
My scientific interests focus on how climate change is affecting nutrient cycling, particularly that of Carbon and Nitrogen. My Master’s research is looking at the effect of biochar, charred biomass that is added to soil to sequester carbon, on the nitrogen cycle. Previous research I have participated in includes looking at methane emission from a sub-arctic peatland, ice nucleating particles (which make water freeze at warmer than average temperatures), and nutrient cycling along the bedrock-soil-plant continuum.
Otherwise, I love anything outside (skiing, hiking, camping) and anything chocolate and am always happy to talk about travel plans and the best of Netflix!
How I became a scientist
Ever since I attended a youth global warming conference in the 6th grade I knew I wanted to find a career where I could help the environment – it just took me a while to find the right one.
Because I liked math and science I started as an Environmental Engineering major but when I realized that was largely water resources engineering I decided to move to Environmental Science. Then, I realized that I liked Geology so I changed my major to Earth Science, and then, I realized that I liked Climate more than Geology so I changed my focus and tacked on a minor in Environmental Conservation and Sustainability. I got involved in research early on in undergrad and really liked it so I went on for my Master’s!
How my work benefits society
Understanding how the climate is changing the carbon and nitrogen cycles will allow us to better predict the effects of climate change and hopefully mitigate these effects. Testing possible solutions to climate problems, like biochar, is crucial to determining their effectiveness.