Eocene Patagonian Paleofloras, Argentina
I am a part of 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 Gondwanan break up and South America's isolation and the early Eocene climatic optimum. My master's project focuses on Eocene Araucaria fossils from Argentina, and was recently published (May 2020) in the American Journal of Botany! More on that, here!
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 the GSA annual meeting in 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
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 Rocky Mountains 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. I am particularly interested in comparing the geochemically and paleobotanically derived estimates for paleoelevations, given the abundant regional fossil plant deposits of the same age.