Education & Experience


2013    Ph.D. in Earth Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC)
            Dissertation: Mercury Speciation and Transport at the Land-Sea Margin
            Advisor: A.Russell Flegal (UCSC)
            Committee:  Peter W. Swarzenski (USGS); Andrew T. Fisher (UCSC); Carl H. Lamborg (WHOI, now at UCSC); James C. Zachos (UCSC)

1998    M.Sc. in Earth Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC)
            Thesis: Mercury Speciation in Acid Mine Drainage: New Idria Quicksilver Mine, CA
            Advisor: A.Russell Flegal (UCSC)
            Committee:  Robert P. Mason (UMD, now at UCONN); Robert P. Anderson (UCSC, now at INSTAAR/UC Boulder)

1995    B.Sc. with Honors in Geology (major) and Mathematics (minor), Indiana University (IU), Bloomington
            Senior Thesis: High Precision Sanidine 40Ar/39Ar Results from Mesozoic Rhyolite Dikes Near Lake Gaston, NC and VA
            Advisors: Robert P. Wintsch (IU); Michael J. Kunk (USGS, Reston, VA)

Current Appointment

2017    Assistant Professor in Geological Sciences and Water Science, University of California, Northridge (CSUN)
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Postdoctoral Fellowships

Nov 2015   NSF Ocean Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Nov 1st Start Date)
            Research Focus: The Role of Phytoplankton Blooms in Nearshore Marine Mercury Bioaccumulation
            Sponsors: Katherine R.M. Mackey (UC Irvine, Earth System Science) Carl H. Lamborg (UC Santa Cruz, Ocean Sciences)
Dec 2013   Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Postdoctoral Scholar, Woods Hole, MA (in collaboration with the USGS)
            Research Focus: Mercury Cycling in Salt Marsh Ecosystems: Cape Cod, MA
            Sponsors: Carl H. Lamborg (WHOI Marine Chem & Geochem); Kevin D. Kroeger (USGS, Coastal & Marine Geology)

Additional Professional Experience

2016 (Fall)    Associate Faculty, Saddleback Community College, Geology Department, Mission Viejo, CA.2016   

2010-2011    Technical Consultant for ITSI (now Gilbane) and EPA
                     Description: Riparian and reservoir sampling design and remediation strategies, Klau/Buena Vista Mercury Mine Superfund Site

1999-2006    Engineering Geologist & Environmental Specialist, San Francisco Bay Water Board, Oakland, CA
                     Description: Environmental remediation (mine sites, streams, groundwater, wetlands/slough)

1998-2000    Staff Research Associate, University of California, Santa Cruz
                     Description: Estuarine trace metal cycling (sample collection/analysis, data interpretation)

1996             Research Assistant, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), W. Atlantic cruise
                     Description: On-board analysis of arsenic and antimony species