I’m a PhD Candidate at Cornell University in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. My area of interest is Conservation Paleobiology, a new and growing field that applies the tools and techniques of paleontology to the conservation and restoration of modern biodiversity and ecosystem services. Currently, I’m working in the Colorado River estuary to assess changes in the snail and clam community in response to damming and water diversions along the Colorado River during the twentieth century. This specimen-based research has included tens of thousands of seashells and spanned topics from community membership and predator-prey interactions to carbon cycling.
If I’m not doing research or teaching, I can often be found playing/watching soccer (Go Spurs!), exploring one of Ithaca’s gorges, or just enjoying the outdoors.