My Research

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I am currently a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Davis.  My research focuses on high-precision isotope cosmo/geochemistry.

A few of my research interests include:

  • Using nucleosynthetic anomalies (e.g., 54Cr) as a forensic tool to decipher petrogenetic histories of various meteorites and the evolution of their associated parent bodies in the Early Solar System.
  • Obtaining fine-scale chronological constraints for the formation of the first solids and planetesimals using extinct (26Al-26Mg, 53Mn-53Cr, 146Sm-142Nd) and extant (147Sm-143Nd, 87Rb-87Sr, 176Lu-176Hf, and 207Pb-206Pb) isotope systems.
  • Utilizing trace element abundances measured both in situ within mineral phases and in bulk samples to decipher magmatic processes on asteroids and planetesimals within the first several million years of the formation of the first solids.

My background:

I received my undergraduate bachelors in Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (now the School of Molecular Sciences) at Arizona State University (ASU) before focusing on isotope geochemistry during my Ph.D. research in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at ASU.  Three years of my Ph.D. research (2009-2012) were funded by the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship.