Eocene Patagonian Paleofloras, Argentina
I am joining the Patagonian Fossil Floras project led by my advisor at Penn State, Peter Wilf. I am most interested in looking at floras through Eocene and Oligocene time as they relate to Gondwonan break up and South America's isolation and climate change with the EECO. My master's project will focus on Eocene Araucaria fossils from Argentina.
GIS Geostatistical Modelling of the K-Pg Boundary in the Williston Basin, USA
While at DMNS I pioneered a new method for using GIS to make a predictive model of the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary for curator Tyler Lyson and collaborators to use in paleoecology studies. I am writing the paper up now for this project and also did a talk at GSA fall 2016 on this work.
During our summer 2016 field season LiveSci, (Howard Hughes Medical Institute), did an awesome project- "Valley of the Last Dinosaurs" - to follow our research and made some awesome content, en español también!
Check it out here
Denver Basin Palynology at the K-Pg Boundary
I have been working with curators at DMNS as well as collaborator Vikki Krystal, PhD student at UC Boulder, in the Denver Basin. I am interested in locating the K-Pg boundary using fossil pollen and spores at mountain proximal sites, where reworking of unroofed sediments is present. The focus on this reboot of the Denver Basin project is on the recovery after the end-Cretaceous extinction. Vikki is leading a paper on the K-Pg section at South Table Mountain, and I'll be a coauthor discussing the palynology of the area.
Paleoelevation of the Central Rocky Mountains
For my undergraduate thesis at Colorado College I worked with my advisor, Henry Fricke, and collaborator, Liz Cassel (University of Idaho), on a hydrogen isotope project. We are interested in the paleoelevation and paleorelief history of the Central Rockies and adjacent Great Plains during the late Eocene. I investigated this history using the known relationship between elevation and isotope fractionation. I collected ash beds in Colorado and Wyoming and processed them in the lab to isolate volcanic glass shards for geochemical analysis. I presented on this work at the AGU 2015 fall meeting in San Francisco.