Associate Professor of Earth and Oceanographic Science
As a faculty member at Bowdoin, I aim to help the next generation of geoscientists align their unique strengths, skills, and interests with their own definitions of success. 
I research marine biogeochemistry and paleoceanography across ocean regions and timescales. With students and other collaborators, I study how global climate change has affected the biogeochemical cycling of ocean nutrients and carbon over the past several centuries—and how global warming will impact ocean acidification and marine biological response in the future. I aim to mentor students from all backgrounds through my research on the impact of climate on ocean environments, teaching, and science policy work.
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  • PhD, Oceanography, Rutgers University, 2010
  • BA, Environmental Chemistry/Geology, Hampshire College, 2003