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I am a volcanologist, geochemist, and GIS specialist. I research the metal chemistry of magmas in subduction zones, with a focus on Java, Indonesia. I am interested in probing what processes shape the evolution of magmatism in subduction zones. I apply a range of field, laboratory, and computational techniques to answer questions about the behavior of chalcophile metals in the crust.

I am committed educator and equality, diversity, and inclusivity (EDI) advocate. I lecture on GIS and supervise physical geology, mineralogy and petrology courses leveraging a wide array of teaching tools. I led my Department’s EDI Working Group from 2020-2021, and continue to fight for a more equitable and diverse landscape in geosciences.


South looking view of Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park, USA.

Background

I am from Philadelphia, USA, and I pursued a B.S. in Geoscience at Drexel University from 2013-2018. As an undergraduate, I was awarded competitive scholarships from NOAA, The Goldwater Foundation, Fulbright, NSF, and the Gates Cambridge Trust.

Currently, I am a final year PhD student at the University of Cambridge, UK. My PhD is funded by a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. I am active in teaching, mentorship, and international collaborative research. I have been recognized for my research accomplishments, and I actively mentor and advise undergraduate and graduate students. I am actively looking for a postdoctoral or faculty job to begin in mid to late 2022. I am supervised by Prof. Marie Edmonds, Dr. Helen Williams, and Dr. Frances Jenner.


Research

Currently, I am working on integrated textural, geochemical, and field studies of chalcophile (sulphide-loving, e.g. Cu, As, Ag, etc.) metal abundances in arc magmas. I am interested in the petrologic and tectonic processes that controls chalcophile metal abundances in magmas, and the implications of those processes for gaseous metal emissions, environmental health, ore deposition, and magmatic processes.

More broadly, I am interested in multi-disciplinary studies of the controls on, and effects of volcanism in subduction zone. These studies leverage a diverse range of computational, analytical, and field methods. I have sought ought collaborations with metamorphic petrologists, geodynamicists, experimentalists, and economic geologists to address fundamental questions about the chemical and physical processes shaping arc volcanism at convergent margins.

GIS for Geoscientists

I have designed and successfully delivered several Geographic Information Systems (GIS) lecture series for geoscience departments in both the UK and North America (McGill University, University College London, University of Cambridge, Volcano Magmatic Studies Group). The workshops are designed to be beginner friendly, centered around practicals that show how you go from raw geological data to a finished map. I encourage you to reach out if this sounds like something you or your organization would benefit from!


Outputs & Mentorship

I’ve presented my work at professional geological conferences across the world, including AGU, Goldschmidt, VMSG, GSA, and others. I am the lead or co-author on several manuscripts, and have contributed to a number of ongoing volcanology projects. I prioritize collaborative and active mentoring strategies, and have successfully advised 10+ students at various stages in their research projects.