Curriculum vitae

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EDUCATION

Ph.D. Geology, University of Minnesota, 2010

Thesis: Dual hydrogen and oxygen isotopic approach for tracking seasonal precipitation contributions and evaporative processes in modern systems and in paleoclimate reconstructions

Emphasis: Paleoclimate, vegetation ecology, sedimentology, biomarkers and stable isotopes

Advisor: Dr. Bryan Shuman

B.A. Geology-Biology, Brown University, 2003

Senior Project: Survey of ice margin recession as an indicator of climate change near the ELA of the Llewellyn Glacier, Alaska-Canada 1985-2002

GRANTS
  • Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Postdoctoral Fellowship  – 2010 – 2012 ($100,000)
  • NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant – 2007 – 2009 ($12,000)
  • Quaternary Paleoecology Minor Grant, University of Minnesota – 2007 – 2009 ($5000)
  • Geologic Society of America Student Research Grant – 2009 ($3750)
  • Department of Geology Summer Funds, University of Minnesota –2007 – 2009 ($2900)
  • H.E. Wright Footsteps Award, University of Minnesota – 2007 – 2008 ($3000)
  • Department of Geology Travel Award, University of Minnesota – 2007 – 2009
  • Kerry Kelts Memorial Travel Award, University of Minnesota – 2007 – 2009
  • ISOSCAPES Travel Award – 2008
  • NASA Space Grant Scholarship, Juneau Ice field Research Program  – 2002
  • Undergraduate Teaching and Research Grant, Brown University – 2001
 FIELD EXPERIENCE
  • Minnesota (2005 – 2010): Collect lake sediments and Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) profiles.
  • Rocky Mountains (2005 – 2010): Collect lake sediments, GPR profiles, vegetation surveys
  • Lake Bosumtwi, Ghana Drill Project (2004): Sediment scientist on Glad800 rig.
  • Juneau Ice Field (2002): Two-month field camp measuring ice and snow characteristics.
  • Plant Environmental Center, Brown University (2000 – 2003): Maintenance of conservatory plants.
  • Northeastern U.S. tidal marshes (2001): Vegetation ecology along climate and salinity gradients.

 INVITED TALKS

  • Upcoming: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, March 30, 2012
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation Laboratory, Quantico, Virgin, 2011
  • University of Maryland, Center for Environmental Sciences, 2011
  • Pennsylvania State University, Earth System’s Center, 2011
  • University of Minnesota, Duluth, 2009
  • Quaternary Paloecology Seminar Series, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2009
  • Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota, 2007

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • University of Minnesota (2005 – 2009): Graduate Teaching Assistant: Geology and Cinema, Introduction to Geology, Glacial Geology (*weekly field trips)
  • Quaternary Paleoecology program seminar series chair  (2006 – 2009): Organized and facilitated weekly interdisciplinary seminars.
  • Quaternary Paleoecology program short course co-chair (2007): “Phenology and Changing Seasonality of Climate: implications for ecology, hydrology, and civilization. Past, Present, Future.”
  • Brown University (2003): Undergraduate Teaching Assistant: Earth System’s History (*weekend fieldtrips)
  • Bastia, Italy (1998 -1999): Taught spoken and written English to fourth graders
ACADEMIC HONORS AND AWARDS
  • Dissertation Fellowship, University of Minnesota – 2009 – 2010 (full year of support)
  • Loft Literary Center, Mentor Series Awards in Fiction and Nonfiction – 2009 and 2010
  • Departmental Fellowships, University of Minnesota – 2007 and 2008 (semester of support)
  • Howard Hughes Science Writing Fellowship, Brown University 2003
  • Casey Shearer Award for Excellence in Creative Nonfiction, Brown University – 2002
 PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
  • American Geophysical Union
  • Geologic Society of America
  • Ecological Society of America
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Association for Women Geoscientists
 SYNERGISTIC ACTIVITIES
  • Referee: Journal of Hydrology, Geophysical Research Letters, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
  • Reviewer of proposals for the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
  • Panelist for NASA Astrobiology: Exobiology and Evolutionary Biology Panel
  • Session Convener, Paleoclimate Insights from Vegetation Proxies and Models, AGU (2010)
  • Student Representative, Association for Woman Geoscientists National Board (2007 – 2009)
  • Student Representative, Minnesota Chapter, Association for Women Geoscientists (2006 – 2007)
  • Institute of Technology Graduate Women Coordinator, University of Minnesota (2005 – 2006)


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