"I applied to the University Scholars Program hoping to gain valuable knowledge and experiences through an academic research opportunity. Many undergraduate students do not have the chance to work one on one with faculty on complex projects. I have already learned so much about hands laboratory procedures and writing academic papers, and hope to improve upon these skills. My goals are to present my research at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in December, and ultimately submit a paper of my research to a peer-reviewed journal hopefully to be published."
Paleoceanography, paleoclimatology, and radiogenic isotope geology.
Academic and Other Awards
- University Scholars Program Scholarship (2011-2012)
- Florida Bright Futures (2008-2012)
- Exemplary Leadership Award - GeoAmbassadors (211)
- UF Geological Science Ambassadors
- UF Geology Club
- Sigma Gamma Epsilon
- St. Augustine Lifesaving Association
St.Augustine Lifesaving Association water safety education, Tutoring through the GeoAmbassadors.
Hobbies and Interests
- Running, rock climbing, guitar, swimming, traveling, hiking, and camping.
Seawater and Detrital Marine Pb Isotopes As Monitors of Antarctic Weathering Following Ice Sheet Development
Comparisons of seawater and detrital Pb isotopes from Ocean Drilling Program sites proximal to Antarctica at the Eocene/Oligocene transition (EOT) are being used to understand variations in continental weathering associated with the development of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet (EAIS). Previous work has shown that similar values for the two Pb archives during Eocene warmth have been interpreted to represent congruent chemical weathering of the continent, while distinct values for the two phases at the EOT represents increased incongruent mechanical weathering during ice sheet initiation. This project expands beyond the initial glaciation at the EOT to determine whether less dramatic changes in ice volume and climate also produce variations in weathering and intensity that are recorded by seawater and detrital Pb isotopes. Methods include collecting Nd and Pb isotope data from the extractions of Fe-Mn oxide coatings of bulk decarbonated marine sediments that record a seawater signal and from the complete dissolution of the remaining silicate fraction for ODP sites in the Southern Ocean. This study will be continued into the Pliocene to see if the evolution from a wet-based to dry-based EAIS can be identified, which may have had profound consequences for weathering on Antarctica and the offset between the two Pb isotope archives. Furthering our knowledge of the processes that occur during glacial and interglacial periods is essential to understanding how the earth will respond to future climate variations.