Ph.D. in Geophysics 2013 - 2017 University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), Fairbanks, AK Dissertation: Detection, source location, and analysis of volcano infrasound Advisor: Dr. David Fee
M.S. in Geology, Peace Corps Masters International 2008 - 2012 Michigan Technological University (MTU), Houghton, MI Thesis: Using auto- and cross-correlations from seismic ambient noise to monitor velocity changes at Villarrica volcano, Chile Advisor: Dr. Gregory Waite
B.S. in Geosciences (minor in mathematics) 2004 - 2008 University of Tulsa (TU), Tulsa, OK Advisor: Dr. J. Bryan Tapp
NSF Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowship
NSF East Asia Pacific Summer Institute (EAPSI) Fellowship
NSF Earth Science Postdoctoral Fellow Carnegie Institution for Science, Washington, D.C., December 2017 - 2019 Proposed, granted funding, and investigating the volume flux using seismically derived tilt, infrasound, and gas data at Stromboli Volcano, Italy. Mentors: Dr. Diana Roman, Dr. David Fee, Dr. Greg Waite Collaborators: Dr. Maurizio Ripepe and Dr. Alessandro Aiuppa
NSF EAPSI Fellow Aso Volcanological Laboratory, Aso, Japan, June - August 2015 Proposed, granted funding, investigated and published paper on the acoustics of gas jetting fumaroles at Aso Volcano in collaboration with local volcanologists. Advisor: Dr. Akihiko Yokoo
Alaska Volcano Observatory Volunteer United States Geological Survey, Anchorage, Alaska, June - August 2014 Investigated detection of ground-coupled airwaves in seismo-acoustic data produced by Cleveland and Pagan volcanoes. Assisted in preparation of acoustic array deployed at Cleveland volcano. Advisor: Dr. Matthew Haney
U.S. Peace Corps Development Specialist in Water and Sanitation Canete, Peru, September 2009 - November 2011 Co-planned and implemented a three-day girls leadership camp focused on career exploration, goal achievement, self-esteem and sexual health. Secured funding through grants and donations and oversaw the camp’s budget. Worked with local leaders and students to obtain grant funds, ~$500, to establish a community library containing 500 books and a world map, Peru map and mural painted by local students.
Graduate Research Assistant Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan, 2008-2009 Assisted fellow graduate student serving in Peace Corps through acquisition of papers for research. Learned to use Trimble high precision GPS and data reduction software. Advisors: Dr. John S. Gierke and Dr. William I. Rose
NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, Colorado, Summer 2005 Collaborated on a field-based study of landscape evolution in Western Colorado’s Gibbler Gulch. Used GPS, aerial photography, and topographic maps to map terrace features. Created and used stratigraphic columns with carbon dated charcoal to clarify arroyo evolution timeline. Advisors: Dr. Lawrence S. Jones and Dr. Andres Aslan
Summer Undergraduate Research Program Geosceinces Department, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Summer 2004 Assisted in restoration study of the Oklahoma grasslands damaged from brine spills. Worked with a team to assess the status of a brine scar using ground penetrating radar, GPS, and soil samples. Advisors: Dr. J. Bryan Tapp and Dr. Winton Cornell
Relevant field work
Principal Investigator – NSF Earth Science Postdoctoral Fellowship Stromboli Volcano, Italy, May 2018 Led an international team of volcanologists in two-week field campaign to deploy a seismo-acoustic network, gravimeter, and gas sensors (FTIR, FLIR, and MultiGAS) at the summit of Stromboli Volcano.
AVO Field Assistant Unalaska, Alaska, July 2016 Worked on a three-person team to disassemble 54 seismic stations deployed in three arrays on the island and one network around Makushin Volcano in two weeks.
Principal Scientist – Workshops on Volcanoes, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala Santiaguito Volcano, Guatemala, January 2016 Co-organized and deployed acoustic network. Gave an introductory talk on volcano infrasound to international group of volcano researchers, observers and students.
Principal Investigator – EAPSI Fellow at Aso Volcanological Laboratory Aso Volcano, Japan, June - August 2015 Led the deployment of 6-elements acoustic array with local collaborators and adjusted deployment relative to volcanic activity.
Field Assistant Wake Atoll, U.S. Minor Outlying Islands, February - March 2015 Aided in completing permanent infrasound array installation. This included instrument installation and wind noise reduction system and solar panel assembly.
Workshop Participant – Volcano Acoustics: from installation to analysis Sakurajima Volcano, Japan, July 2013 Assisted with the installation of, data collection from and retrieval of 5 infrasound sensors.
Participant – Pan-American Advanced Studies Institutes Workshop: Applying Computational Models to Real-Case Scenarios for Volcanic Hazard Assessment Colima Volcano, Mexico, January 2013 Modeled tephra fall, pyroclastic density currents, and lahars at Colima Volcano using Tephra2, Titan2D, and Laharz, respectively. Compared model predictions with field observations.
Field Assistant Clintonville, Wisconsin, March 2012 Assisted with the installation of 4 broadband sensors with 2 collocated infrasound microphones at each in an effort to assess the recent shallow seismicity disturbing the town.
Field Assistant Villarrica Volcano, Chile, February - March 2011 Assisted with data retrieval and seismic station relocation and removal. Learned to use UV camera to image the volcanic plume.
Instructor Alaska Summer Research Academy, UAF, June 2014 Co-developed and taught two-week science camp on volcanoes and volcanic hazards for middle school age students. Activities ranged from learning about volcanic rock types to corn syrup viscosity experiments to investigating clast size dispersion with the trash-cano.
Research Assistant Michigan Teacher Excellence Program, MTU, Summer 2009, 2012 – 2013 Worked with professors and master teachers to capacitate participants, Michigan middle and high school science teachers, in earth science during two-week summer field courses. Aided in quarterly Pedagogy Days in which participants learned about inquiry-based science education and worked to adapt lessons to inquiry style.
Teaching Assistant GE2000 – Understanding the Earth, MTU, Summer 2012 Taught semi-weekly lab practicum in basic geology and geological concepts and graded assignments.
Instructor Summer Youth Program, MTU, Summer 2009 Developed curriculum and taught two one-week geological engineering camps for high school age students with particular focus on landslides.
Achievements and Grants
Michigan Space Grant Consortium Graduate Fellow, MTU McMahon Scholarship, TU Advanced Placement Scholar, TU Girl Scout Gold, Silver and Leadership Awards Presidential Service Gold Award
English (native) Spanish (conversational)
American Geophysical Union
Association for Women Geoscientists
Seismological Society of America
International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of Earth's Interior