I am a marine biogeochemist and climate scientist studying how the ocean absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. My research combines field measurements at sea, biogeochemical sensor data from autonomous moorings and robots, satellite observations, and global climate model simulations to understand the interactions between biological, physical, and chemical processes in the ocean carbon cycle. I am particularly 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 am currently a Lecturer in the Department of Geosciences at Wellesley College, where I teach courses on earth, ocean, and climate science and involve students in my research both in the lab and at sea. Before coming to Wellesley, I was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and received my PhD in Oceanography and a graduate certificate in Climate Science at the University of Washington in Seattle. 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.