Biography and motivation.
I’m a postdoctoral researcher working with Ann Pearson and Dave Johnston in the Earth and Planetary Sciences department at Harvard University. I hold a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Oceanography, where I was advised by Valier Galy.
I develop and apply methods and concepts of geochemistry and kinetics to understand how and why the Earth system has evolved throughout its history. To do so, I study both modern and ancient environments. The core of my research addresses a number of fundamental unknowns in Earth science, including: the key controls the global carbon cycle, how physical processes regulate biological and chemical evolution, and why oxygen accumulated in the atmosphere. Critically, addressing these problems requires integrating principles of tectonics, sedimentology, geomorphology, and chemical kinetics with traditional geochemical approaches. I accomplish this goal by making field- and lab-based measurements and interpreting their results using new theoretical models. This approach aims to mechanistically understand the Earth system.
My Curriculum Vitae can be found here (updated 2 March, 2019).