My current research focuses on the study of the chemical record of environmental change that is preserved in estuarine and ocean sediments, and how these environmental changes manifest in the process of biomineralization. For example, the composition of fish otiliths (ear stones) may contain a history of the chemistry of the environment where the fish has lived.
In addition to my research, I am also chair of the EEOS department. Please click here for my Welcome message.
I took a circuitous route to a career in geochemistry beginning at the College of New Jersey where I earned my BS in Biology/Chemistry. I completed my doctoral degree in Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Rochester focusing on high and low temperature trace element geochemistry. During my post-doctoral fellowships at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and at Old Dominion University I leveraged my expertise in geochemistry into collaborative research projects with biologists, chemists, and oceanographers.
I am a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Geological Society of America, an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow, and the 2007 American Chemical Society Medal awardee for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students into Careers in the Chemical Sciences. My research and student mentoring have been highlighted by SACNAS, AAAS, and the NSF.
I am an entrepreneurial scientist meaning that, in addition to basic scientific research, my students and I pursue direct applications of our work through the development of technology. I am the Chief Science Officer of GeoMed Analytical which uses geochemical methods to study human health and food resource issues such as food sourcing and metals in disease treatment and diagnosis. Many of my current and former students are actively involved in entrepreneurial science as well.
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