I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at California State University, Northridge. I teach classes and conduct research related to hydrogeology, especially topics focusing on contaminants in the environment. My website is still under construction, but please look around.
I was raised in the Northeast and attended Wesleyan University in Connecticut for my undergraduate education, earning a bachelor's degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences. After college, I worked as a geologist in environmental consulting for a number of years. During that time, I experienced first-hand the challenges associated with the clean-up of contaminated sites. From these experiences, I developed an interest in improving our ability to understand and remediate contamination. I brought this interest with me to graduate school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where I worked on projects addressing the remediation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) contaminated soil and groundwater. After obtaining my Ph.D., I continued research at UNC as a postdoc, investigating the behavior of fracking fluids in the subsurface. My current research interests include the use of chemical oxidants to remediate contaminated sites and continuing to improve understanding the behavior of fracking and other non-Newtonian fluid in porous medium systems. In my free time, I enjoy hiking and mountain biking.