I am a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Northwestern University, working with Professor Yarrow Axford. My research areas are terrestrial paleoecology, paleoclimate, and Arctic system science. For my doctoral research at the University of Illinois, I used paleoecological techniques to examine the relationship between fire, climate, and permafrost thaw in tundra ecosystems over millennial to centennial timescales in the Alaskan Arctic. For my postdoctoral work at Northwestern University, I am using a combination of midge assemblages and oxygen isotopes from high-elevation lakes in southern Greenland to produce high-resolution records of climate change over the Holocene.
I received a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Geosciences and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Geography from Concord University in 2004. I obtained a Master’s of Science in Geology from the University of Illinois in 2007 and worked as research specialist and lab manager for 3 years before entering the PhD program. I received my PhD degree from the Program of Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology in May 2017.