Growing Up

I grew up in Newton, MA as the middle child with two brothers. I attended Mason-Rice Elementary School, Brown Junior High School, and Newton South High School .

Middlebury College, Middlebury VT

I attended Middlebury College from September 1995 to May 1999, and graduated with a BA in Geology. I worked quite a bit with Patricia and Tom Manley in the Geology department doing marine geology and physical oceanography research on Lake Champlain. My senior thesis was with Tom looking at the hydrodynamics of the lake using acoustic Dopplar current profiler and temperature data from a series of mooring strings in the South Main Lake. I was a member of the varsity swim team for my entire tenure at Midd, and also enjoyed hiking and skiing in Vermont. I spent my junior year (1997-1998) studying abroad at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand (6 months), and James Cook University in Townsville, Australia (6 months). I enjoyed my time in Dunedin so much that I returned for two more years to complete a Master's Degree.

University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

I was fortunate enough to receive a J. William Fulbright graduate research fellowship to study for my Master's Degree at the University of Otago in New Zealand from January, 2000 to October, 2001. I worked with Peter Koons and Chuck Landis in the Geology Department researching the evolution of the Otago continental shelf and submarine canyons offshore Dunedin. This allowed me to use the marine geology skills I had learned from Middlebury and take my research to the next level. Most of the research was based on marine geophysics (sub-bottom seismic reflection, and side-scan sonar) using the University's research vessel "Munida", and I focused on the interplay between sea level, climate change, and sedimentation during the late Quaternary. I enjoyed working on the climate aspect so much that I decided to pursue a PhD focused on paleoclimateology at the University of Maine.

University of Maine, Orono ME

In 2003 I began studying for a PhD in the Earth Sciences Department and Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine . I began by working with the ice core paleoclimate group led by Paul Mayewski and soon began my dissertation research on the Mt. Logan ice core project with Paul, Karl Kreutz (UMaine) and David Fisher (GSC). During my time at UMaine, I had the fortune of participating in four polar/alpine science expeditions, and worked with Mike Handley and Sharon Sneed to develop a continuous ice core melting system capable of collecting samples for ultra-low trace metal analyses. Our system was based on an ice melter system originally developed by Paul and his colleagues during the GISP2 ice core project in Greenland. My research focused on using these ultra-low glaciochemical data to understand the late Holocene history of climate change and pollution in the North Pacific. You can read more about my current research here .

Dartmouth College, Hanover NH

I am currently a postdoctoral fellow in Dartmouth College's Earth Science Department continuing the paleoclimate and pollution research that I began during my dissertation. I have been primarily working in Mukul Sharma's TIMS lab and Brian Jackson's Trace Element analysis core facility, in addition to teaching courses on marine geology and climate change, and mentoring students.

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