About Me

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Measuring soil strength in Kangerlussuaq, West Greenland

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Earth Sciences Department at Dartmouth College, working with Dr. Ross Virginia. In general, I am interested in landscape evolution in the Polar Regions and the ways in which glacial history has impacted current soil processes. I currently have projects in both Polar Regions: in Greenland I’m studying the rates and distribution of wind-driven soil erosion, and in Antarctica I study phosphorus cycling in the soils of the McMurdo Dry Valleys.

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Measuring soil respiration in Taylor Valley, Antarctica

My interest in the Polar Regions stems largely from a love of extreme landscapes.  A Northern New Englander at heart, I have always enjoyed winter activities and cold climates.  As a junior in high school, I traveled to the Churchill Northern Studies Centre in Manitoba, where I first felt the pull of the North.  Ever since, I’ve been returning to the Polar Regions as often as possible: to the Brooks Range of Alaska as a University of Alaska Anchorage REU student; to Longyearbyen, Svalbard as a student at the University Centre in Svalbard; and to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, as a Dartmouth IGERT field assistant. My current research fulfills my need to travel to extreme environments, taking me to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland during the summers and the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica, during the austral summers.