Current position

NSF Postdoctoral Fellow

Department of Geology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

Project title: Stratigraphic paleobiology in continental settings: Developing a sequence-stratigraphic framework of fossil preservation in continental deposits through model building and field testing



Ph.D.  2018

Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Dissertation title: Paleoenvironments and taphonomy of the middle Miocene Barstow Formation, Mojave Desert, California

M.S.  2010

Department of Geosciences, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI

Thesis title: Taphonomy in blue paleosols from the Petrified Forest National Park, AZ, and its implications for vertebrate biostratigraphy

in the Chinle Formation

B.S.  2006

cum laude, Geology and French

Beloit College, Beloit, WI

Honors thesis title: Paleoenvironmental and depositional setting of two dinosaur-bone–bearing quarries in the Morrison Formation

(Upper Jurassic) of Wyoming




Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowship No. 1952643, National Science Foundation, Alexandria, VA

2013 – 2017

Scott Turner Award, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Michigan


Evolving Earth Student Grant, Evolving Earth Foundation, Issaquah, WA


Paleontological Society Student Grant, Paleontological Society


Rackham Spring/Summer Research Grant, Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan




Ermine Cowles Case Student Award

University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology


PALAIOS Honorable Mention Paper

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