M.S. in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Purdue University, 2008
B.S. in Chemistry, Purdue University, 2006
In May of 2006 I received my B.S. in Chemistry from Purdue University. My undergraduate research was in the area of atmospheric analytical chemistry, under the guidance of Dr. Paul Shepson. My main research interests were in the area of atmospheric chemistry, including the study of photochemical reactions and air-snow surface interactions.
In June of 2008 I completed requirements for my M.S. degree from the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, also at Purdue University. For my Master’s research I worked with Dr. Tim Filley, in the areas of stable isotope biogeochemistry and environmental chemistry. Specifically, I was interested in determining the environmental fates of C60 fullerene and C60 fullerol, and studied the degradation of 13C labeled fullerenes and fullerols in single strain fungal culture studies. Compound specific and bulk stable isotope methods, as well as absorption spectroscopy, was used to determine the extent of fungal degradation and uptake of the fullerene and fullerol carbon.
Here at Texas A&M, I'll be doing Ph.D. work with Dr. Tom Bianchi in chemical oceanography.