Curriculum Vitae Biosketch

  • Research Assistant Professor, Biology



  • Ph.D., Geology and Geophysics, Yale University. Project: Leaf Waxes as Environment Recorders: An Empirical Evaluation and Paleoclimate Applications
  • M.Phil., Geology and Geophysics, Yale University. Project: A Biomarker Record of the Paleogene Evolution and Expansion of C4 Plants
  • B.S., Geological Sciences, Indiana University. Project: Carbon Isotopic Evidence for a Methane Supported Microbial Community from a Late Archean Silty-Shale: Witwatersrand Basin

Honors & Awards

  • Best Poster Presentation. Forensic Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry Network, 10/22/2016
  • Estwing Hammer Prize for outstanding performance in Geology. Estwing Corporation, 05/2008
  • Graduate Research Fellowship. National Science Foundation, 05/2004
  • William C. Menke Scholarship. Indiana University, 05/01/2003
  • Charles Deiss Scholarship. Indiana University, Department of Geological Sciences , 05/01/2001
  • Elected Phi Beta Kappa. 05/01/2001


  • Global Change and Sustainability Center (GCSC), Faculty, 04/16/2013 - present

In the Media

  • Cannabis Science Conference Program, Featured Interview, "Analytical tools enables tracking origin of cannabis - and brand protection". 08/28/2017.
  • Deseret News, Salt Lake City "Utah firm makes breakthrough in 1981 Ohio murder case". 07/10/2016.
  • NBC KSL 5 News, Salt Lake City "Hair Forensics: Strands of Evidence". 07/06/2016.
  • National Institute of Justice Journal, Issue 276, December 2015 "Tracking Movements with Isotopes". 12/01/2015.
  • Fox News: Happening Now "'Baby Doe' may have traveled across country during short life, report says". 09/02/2015.
  • Fox 13 News, Salt Lake City "Utah lab could identify ‘Baby Doe’". 09/01/2015.
  • Boston Globe "Inside the search to identify Deer Island girl". 08/08/2015.


  • American Sign Language, basic.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • United States of America. Intermountain West.
  • Uganda
  • Tunisia
  • South Africa