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I am an Assistant Professor in the Earth and Environmental Sciences department at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA.

I am a paleoclimate scientist. My research focuses on using the geochemistry from carbonate proxies, such as corals and mollusk shells, to reconstruct the climate over the last several hundred to thousands of years. One of my main research interests is understanding past variability of the El Nino-Southern Oscillation from the mid-Holocene using fossil corals from the central tropical Pacific. My goal is to understand how ENSO is sensitive to external forcings, such as solar insolation, with possible implications to the greenhouse gas forcing. More locally, I am researching changes in rainfall patterns in the Chesapeake Bay region to better understand how the present-day rainfall patterns are related to natural variability versus human-induced climate change.

Beyond my research, I love teaching and sharing my enthusiasm about science and educating others about the global climate and ocean system and the human impacts. And when I am not in the field or the lab, you’ll find me outside enjoying one of the too many hobbies I have – running, biking, swimming, kayaking, SCUBA diving, hiking, backpacking, camping, etc! And maybe most importantly, I am a MOM to the two most beautiful boys.

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