My story begins with majoring in biology while at Syracuse University and also completed a minor in geology. Upon graduating with my B.S. I continued on at Syracuse to complete an M.S. in geology with a focus in invertebrate paleontology. My research consisted of reconstructing life history traits of mollusks using growth lines and stable isotopes to indicate temperature fluctuations during the specimens lifetime. My research was under the advising of Dr. Linda Ivany and her expertise in sclerochronology and reconstructing paleoclimates from mollusks. My time spent at Syracuse University prepared me to move on to a Ph.D. and remained excited about using stable isotopes to answer questions about past ecologies and environments. I moved on to the University of Minnesota under the advising of Dr. David Fox, where I have been conducting research on reconstructing small mammal diets using stable isotopes.
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2015
M.S., Syracuse University, 2009
B.S., Syracuse University, 2006