I am a glacial geologist and paleoclimatologist. My research explores geological and climatological questions through a multifaceted approach using methods related to geochronology, geomorphology, sedimentology, and field mapping. My research focuses on Quaternary geology as it relates to climate change and the reconstruction of the glacial histories of multiple regions through surface exposure dating of boulders deposited by ice sheets, glaciers, and outburst floods of ice-dammed lakes. In the Rowan Cosmogenic Nuclide Laboratory (RNCL) we aim to understand how climatologically important bodies of ice on Earth changed and behaved in the past so that we might better predict how similar features might change in the future.
I am originally from the Washington D.C. area and grew up loving the Appalachian Mountains. I started my education at the local community college where my professors inspired me to study geology. From there I earned a B.S. in Earth Science - Geology from George Mason University, and then a Ph.D. from Oregon State University before spending two years at the University of Wisconsin - Madison starting the UW-M Cosmogenic Nuclide Laboratory.