" The primary reason I applied to the program was to gain support for work that I have become interested in as a result of my experiences with Dr. James Channell, the UF Paleo and Environmental Magnetism Lab, and UF’s department of geology. Through the program I hope to continue to pursue my interest in paleomagnetism and the earth sciences. Besides learning as much as I can in my courses, my primary goal for the academic year is to further refine my understanding of the research process."
Geology, specifically paleomagnetism, and ways in which we can refine our understanding of Earth's environmental processes (such as glaciation-deglaciation cycles, paleo-current, sediment transport, etc.)and Earth's geomagnetic field. The way that I am currently pursuing these interests is by looking at potential ways to improve the interpretation of paleomagnetic data.
Academic and Other Awards
- University Scholars Program Scholarship (2011-2012)
- UF Honors Program
- National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
- UF Florida Museum of Natural History
- UF Florida Surfrider Foundation Geological Science Ambassadors
Volunteer for the Florida Museum of Ntural History.
Hobbies and Interests
- Reading, running, piano, hiking, backpacking, and meditation.
Approaching the Age-Depth Problem Using a Modified Dynamic Time Warping Algorithm
Sediment cores from the deep ocean are currently our best resource for understanding environmental change over long time periods. For instance, models of Phanerozoic sea level variability depend on an accurate temporal reconstruction of the global ratio of stable oxygen isotopes, and sediment cores are one of the key tools used to analyse how these ratios have changed over time. Because they play such a key role in the quest to understand Earth’s past, present, and future, it is vital to be able to accurately analyze data collected from sediment cores. The goal of this project is to improve upon the techniques currently used to construct age models of depth measurements collected from sediment cores. Sediment cores are an invaluable tool for measuring how environmental proxies change with time, however, they present considerable difficulties in temporal calibration and in correlation from one core to another. Sedimentation rates vary with time, over both long and short time scales. Also, cores are susceptible to bioturbation, become more compacted with depth, and the processes through which various proxies become recorded by sediments can change both spatially and temporally resulting in both lag and smoothing effects. This means that a sediment core depth cannot be linearly mapped to time. It becomes even more challenging to align proxies collected from different parts of the globe to a unified time scale because no two sediment cores have identical stratigraphic histories. This project will test how a modified version of the DTW algorithm performs compared to traditional approaches, including visual matching and the Match protocol, to solving the age-depth problem.