My Experiences



Pennsylvania State University

I am pursuing my PhD in Geosciences with Dr. Kate Freeman ( My doctoral research focuses on how organic molecules interact with their environment and how that alters their preservation and isotopic characteristics. A summary of my thesis research is available under the Research tab.

In addition to research, I am also an active member in Science Policy Society and the Association of Women Geoscientists.

NASA GODDARD space flight center

Under the advisement of Dr. Jennifer Eigenbrode, I study how ionizing radiation interacts with both inorganic and organic species in Martian soils. Last summer I investigated perchlorate formation caused by interactions between gamma radiation and oxygen and chlorine bearing minerals. This summer, I will be characterizing metastable organic molecules produced when meteoric organic matter interacts with gamma radiation and Martian minerals. 

Big brothers big sisters

Through BBBS, I mentor my 'little sister', Amanda, for a couple of hours each week. We matched in November 2017 and have been doing a variety of activities ever since, including making slime, playing soccer, and hiking.

isocamp 2018

Isocamp is a short course for graduate students, post docs, and scientists hosted by the University of Utah. Through this course, I gained experience using stable isotopes to solve a variety of geologic, ecologic, biologic and forensic questions.

Indiana university Bloomington

I graduated with Highest Distinction from IUB in May 2016. I majored in geosciences with a minor in chemistry. As a student I was the Master of Ceremonies of Alpha Chi Sigma, the chair of Campus Conduct Board, and a researcher in the Sesame Lab. I was also involved in the Committee for Fee Review, Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Indiana, and College of Arts and Sciences Academic Fairness Committee. 

Lunar and Planetary Institute 

As an intern at LPI, I worked with Dr. Brad Sutter and Dr. Tanya Peretyazhko of NASA Johnson Space Center to constrain the environmental conditions to form a mineral found on Mars. This research was presented at the 2014 Lunar and Planetary Science Conference and published in Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta in 2016.