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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 apply a range of field, laboratory, and computational techniques to answer questions about the behavior of chalcophile metals in the crust.


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. My senior thesis sought to determine the original volume of the Deccan Traps flood basalts in Western India, under the direction of Dr. Loÿc Vanderkluysen. In my time at Drexel, I was an on-campus leader in undergraduate research. In recognition of my research accomplishments, I was awarded prestigious scholarships from NOAA, The Goldwater Foundation, Fulbright, NSF, and the Gates Cambridge Trust.

Currently, I am a 2nd year PhD student at the University of Cambridge, UK. 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 and ore deposition.

GIS for Geoscientists

I have successfully led several accelerated Geographic Information Systems (GIS) workshops for geoscience departments in both the UK and North America. 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

I’ve presented my work at professional geological conferences across the world. I am the lead author on several manuscripts (in preparation), and have contributed to a number of ongoing volcanology projects.