Contact Curriculum Vitae
I am an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow affiliated with the University of California
(UC) Irvine (Mackey Lab)
and UC Santa Cruz (Lamborg Lab)
where I study the transport and fate of mercury in the environment. My current project involves identifying biological and physical drivers of mercury uptake by phytoplankton. Phytoplankton
are the entry point for mercury in aquatic food webs, and subsequent biomagnification in fish is the primary route of human mercury exposure. In addition to research, I love teaching, and most recently was the instructor for an introductory geology course at Saddleback Community College. Previously, I held a postdoctoral fellowship at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution where I explored climate change impacts on mercury cycling in saltmarsh systems in collaboration with the US Geological Survey. I also gained valuable experience working as a geologist at the San Francisco Bay Water Board where I was involved in large-scale mine site and wetland remediation projects, as well as groundwater cleanup at industrial sites (e.g., refineries, landfills). I am drawn to multidisciplinary projects and my research campaigns provide diverse opportunities for student involvement.