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

Research Experience

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.

teaching Experience

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