I am currently a postdoctoral researcher in chemical oceanography at the University of Washington studying how the ocean absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. I am interested in the role phytoplankton play in the ocean's carbon cycle by converting carbon dioxide to organic carbon, some of which is then exported to the deep ocean - a process known as the "biological pump." I use dissolved gas measurements, satellite data, and numerical model simulations to quantify the rate and efficiency of this biological pump, as well as the total rate at which the ocean is absorbing carbon dioxide.
I graduated with a Ph.D. in Oceanography and a graduate certificate in Climate Science from the lab of Paul D. Quay at the University of Washington. My doctoral research focused on the rates and efficiency of biological pump in the North Pacific, using a Chinese container ship as a sampling platform. This allowed for multiple basin-wide transects over an annual cycle that are enabling us to better understand the mechanisms driving carbon uptake over broad spatial and temporal scales.
Prior to beginning my graduate studies, I earned a B.A. in Geology from Amherst College, spent a year traveling and studying the interactions between scientists, fishers and policy-makers in North Atlantic cod fisheries as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow and two years teaching marine science to K-12 students on traditionally-rigged schooners in Long Island Sound.
Check out the video below for some more information about the scientific questions I addressed in my Ph.D. work and some neat video footage of the UW Stable Isotope Lab.