Technical Experience

Geomicrobiology Research


University of Washington

Seattle, WA
  • Ÿ  Investigating the thermodynamics of bacterial spore surface reactivity, heavy metal adsorption, and isolating the effect of microbial surface reactivity on the rate of forsterite dissolution.  Implications in heavy metal transport and microbial effects on mineral dissolution and precipitation.  Experience troubleshooting and adapting chemical analyses, experimental designs and chemical models to achieve optimal and accurate results and isolate, quantify, and model microbe-mineral interactions.
  • Ÿ  Field assistant in Thule, Greenland for a collaborative project designed to elucidate a link between sub-glacial microbial activity and aqueous geochemistry (PIs: Karen Junge, Ph.D., Ron Sletten, Ph.D., Brent Christner, Ph.D. and Birgit Haagedorn, Ph.D.).  Gained experience in adapting lab techniques with limited resources and reading the landscape to better understand sample provenance
  • Ÿ  Proficient with adsorption assays, surface complexation modeling, isothermal titration calorimetry, long-term dissolution assays, environmental water sampling, spectrophotometric analyses, ATR-FTIR, wet chemical, microbial and general laboratory techniques.

Field Hydrologist, GSA Geo-Corp Intern

May 2008 – August 2008

US Forest Service

Durango, CO
  • Ÿ   Located, mapped and measured spring locations in the San Juan mountains to provide information for USFS water rights claims. Sampled springs in Bureau of Land Management land for water quality testing. Surveyed stream development for ongoing waterway rehabilitation initiatives.  Experience with off-trail navigation and landscape interpretation.

Technical Lab Assistant

August 2005 – May 2008

University of Rochester

Rochester, NY
  • Ÿ  Researched the effects of coal burning power plant fly ash emissions on a local watershed.
  •   Researched lead isotope ratios as environmental and anthropogenic source tracers in human bone (Senior Thesis, Advisor Robert Poreda, Ph.D.). Included involvement in collaborative research combining human pathology and geochemical systems.
  • Ÿ  Preformed wet chemical sample preparation of natural water, soil and bone. Water and sediment sampling. Analyzed samples on a Rare Gas Mass Spectrometer and ICP-MS.  Critical thinking and background research regarding the link between human health and geochemical systems.

Research Assistant

Intermittent, December 2005 – August 2008

Green Power Institute

Berkley, CA
  • Ÿ   Worked for Gregg Morris, Ph.D., Director of GPI, on an as needed basis reviewing and summarizing legal documents and preparing responses regarding the institution of policy designed to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from Investor Owned Utilities. Gained experience reading legal documents and identifying potential loopholes in GHG emission legislature.