- I have successfully defended my Ph.D.! It is very exciting to join the doctor ranks. My dissertation focused on developing novel techniques to better quantify changes in precipitation amount and temperature as recorded in stalagmites from the central Sierra Nevada (California, USA). The first chapter was published in G-cubed in 2019. The second chapter is in revision at EPSL, and the third was submitted to QSR shortly after my defense! Look for more news about the chapters soon.
- Very excited to join the CPAESS as a NOAA Climate and Global Change postdoctoral fellow. I will be switching gears to develop proxies of photorespiration in Juniper trees from the Los Angeles Basin and attempting to apply that proxy through time from fossilized Juniper trees at La Brea! Fun times ahead!
- I started a GitHub to store projects related to my Data Scientist certification from Codecademy. I am passionate about learning new computing and programming skills, such as supervised machine learning, to apply them to the earth sciences.
- KROnline in January was a great success and I enjoyed convening the sessions with Drs. Chris Wood (U. Waikato) and Katie Wendt (Oregon State)! I look forward to the sessions in February and March.
- AGU 2020 has been incredible so far - check out a series of sessions chaired by Isabel Montañez and myself: PP046, PP048, and PP049: Development and Application of Quantitative Proxies of Terrestrial Paleoclimate.
- Becky Oskin, a writer with UC Davis Letters and Sciences, has written a fun article about our work in California caves featuring the Cave Research Foundation and Undergraduate Scientists! Check it out (link).
- A new article, lead by Natasha Sekhon, has just been accepted! Look out for "Diurnal to Seasonal Ventilation in Brazilian Caves" in Global Planetary Change - https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloplacha.2020.103378.
- Check out my talk on the Noble Gas work (in review at EPSL) at GSA 2020 this year! The session: T59, the talk (linked here) 11- 5: A TWO-STEP APPROACH TO QUANTITATIVE TEMPERATURE ESTIMATES IN THE SIERRA NEVADA.
- In project news:
- A manuscript on the noble gas temperature developed from a stalagmite in central Sierra Nevada, California is in review at EPSL.
- A manuscript on the stable isotope variability of the inclusions of water in the stalagmite (see: Wortham et al., 2019) is getting close to submission.
- The caves are currently closed due to COVID concerns and fire safety concerns, but we persevere by continuing to monitor surface conditions and analyze a stock pile of samples.
- Undergrads (VIPM) Undergraduates in our research group spent the quarter learning about concept diagrams/sketches as a way to get creative with science and to better understand the literature. In the last two classes, I had them make their own for their hypotheses on data. The sketches below make me so proud!
- The Cave Research Foundation Annual Report (click this for pdf) arrived on my doorstep yesterday! What an incredible collection of scientific work and cave stewardship. I am very proud to have been funded by the CRF and to work with such a great group.
- GSA Annual Meeting in Phoenix and the Goldschmidt Conference in Barcelona this year were both very fun and productive! See the tab for undergraduate mentoring to learn about what we presented at GSA this year.
- New Paper!!! Ever wondered what's inside a stalagmite? Find out here (linked paper).
- The Translating Your Science event was successful, with panelists Faith Kearns, Andy Fell, Zack Valdez, and Maya Wildgoose - graduate students and post-docs learned different perspectives on how to speak to communities and audiences as well as having the opportunity to work on their elevator speech!
- Undergraduates in my research group, Daphne and Eleana, did a phenomenal job with their posters at the UC Davis Undergraduate Research Conference in April 2019. Daphne presented on understanding ENSO events using the trace elements Mg, Ba, and Sr. Eleana presented on fire history archived in stalagmites using trace elements like Na and K.
- Just published a paper on the marine biota and the link to climate variability (linked)! Check it out!
- My Professors for the Future project (UC Davis 2018-2019 fellow) seeks to bring experts in science communication to Davis to help STEM graduate students communicate their science to the public! (click on the picture to find out more!)
- The new SISAL database paper (linked) is out - a good resource for many amazing speleothem records including the TM-1 record from my masters thesis!
- Goldschmidt 2018 was a blast this year - had a lot of good feedback on my talk
- New publication out on the Carboniferous (linked)!
- I had a poster at EGU in Vienna, were you there?
- Check out the UT Austin Office of Sustainability (linked) feature!
- Climate Science Day 2018 was a huge success! (click on the picture to find out more)