My research focuses on evolution of microbial life in the context of Earth's history. I work with cyanobacteria in long term evolution experiments to determine how genetically adaptable they are to environmental changes relevant to past environments (Fe availability, CO2 levels, salinity, etc).
I have a Master's degree from the University of Victoria, British Columbia in Chemical Oceanography where I focused on nitrogen cycling in the Canadian Arctic Ocean under Dr Roberta Hamme. My undergraduate degree at Haverford College was in Chemistry with a focus on Biochemistry. While there I conducted research with Dr Helen White on microbial degradation of hydrocarbons. As an undergraduate student I also conducted research at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution with Dr Amanda Spivak, and took classes and conducted a research project with Dr Anne Giblin at the Marine Biological Laboratory.