PhD Student in the Rodriguez Coastal Geology Lab

UNC Chapel Hill Institute of Marine Science

About me

I am PhD Student at the Univeristy of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Institute of Marine Sciences. My research interests lie in coastal sediments - their origins and fates. Marshes act as metronomes of sea-level rise, recording changes in inundation within their soils. By tracking the pace of North Carolina’s rapidly shifting wetlands through time and space, I aim to better explain feedbacks between topography and sedimentation. Which areas of our coast are naturally resilient to rising tides – and how can these areas inform preservation efforts?

Outside of this research, you might find me in the great outdoors, teaching hands-on science, cooking with others, or flying a drone.

Interests

  • Landscape change in the Anthropocene
  • Remote Sensing
  • Scientific communication and education

Education

  • PhD Student, 2020-

    UNC Chapel Hill

  • BSc in Geology and Environmental Sciences, 2018

    The College of William and Mary

  • Summer Coursework in Entrepreneurship, 2015

    Washington University in St. Louis

Skills

Mapping

Drones

Photogrammetry

Experience

 
 
 
 
 

PhD Student

Rodriguez Marine Geology Lab

Jun 2020 – Present North Carolina
Solving coastal problems from the air
 
 
 
 
 

Interim Researcher

Perron Lab at MIT

Jan 2020 – Jun 2020 Massachussets
Employed Google Earth Engine to refine estimates of Terra Preta anthrosol distributions in Amazon rainforest
 
 
 
 
 

Science Lab Teacher

Peace Corps

Aug 2018 – Dec 2019 Liberia
  • Taught 10th and 11th Grade Physics and Biology courses
  • Organized experiential hands-on learning labs
  • Facilitated teacher training workshops

Projects

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Phillips Island Map

A orthomosaic of Phillips Island for UNC’s planning purposes

IMS 3D Model

Interactive 3D Model of the Institute of Marine Science

Life in Liberia

Blog on my time teaching science with the Peace Corps in Liberia

Mechanisms of Pond Growth on Marshes

Undergraduate Honors Thesis at William and Mary

Contact