About Me

Geologist and planetary scientist interested in surface processes on terrestrial bodies, including Martian volcanism, tectonic activity on icy satellites, and terrestrial mountain-building/denudation. Passionate about integrating numerical modeling, fieldwork, and everything in between to approach geologic problems.

I am trained as a scientist, historian, and dancer, which informs my scientific and artistic research process. I am an avid astrohumanist focused on approaching future planetary exploration from a scientific and humanistic perspective. When I'm not analyzing Mars, I develop additional research work on everything from the history of geology and oceanography in the Cold War to the social and cultural implications of space travel! You can find some of my writing right here on my blog. I'm also involved in several projects aimed at building a more supportive environment for underrepresented groups in STEM at Brown and in the broader scientific community.

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Brown University

Doctoral Student in Planetary Geology

  • Research areas: volcanic, glacial, and tectonic interactions on early Mars and their application to Martian geologic and climatic history.

MS in Earth, Environmental and Planetary Science

  • Masters Thesis: Subsurface collapse and denudation of the fretted terrain and the Arabia Terra plateau: Origins and implications for martian dichotomy boundary evolution

  • Thesis Advisor: Dr. Jim Head

Rice University

BA in History

  • Co-Founder of Rice Historical Review


  • Concentration in Geology and Geophysics

  • Co-founder of Rice Undergraduate Geoscience Society


Computer Experience

  • MatLab

  • Python

  • LaTeX



  • Unix

Non-Academic Interests

  • Trail running

  • Modern and classical dance

  • Mountaineering

  • Snow and water skiing


  • German (intermediate)

  • Spanish(Intermediate)


  • Brown University Presidential Fellow

  • Rice University Outstanding Undergraduate Award, Earth Science Department

  • Charles Garside Jr. Prize in History

  • Houston Geological Society Maby Scholarship

  • Houston Geological Society Outstanding Student Award

  • Houston Gem and Mineral Society Scholarship

  • Devin-Schnable Scholarship for Field School

  • Vandiver Brown Scholarship to Rice University


  • College Hill Dancers'/Choreographers' Alliance - Co-Founder and Director

  • Extension Dance Company - Choreographer and Dancer

  • Brown Graduate Women in Science and Engineering - Co-Director

  • Because Science Science Communication Blog - Planetary Science Contributor

  • Brown Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences GeoClub - President

  • Rice Undergraduate Geoscience Society - Founder and President

  • Rice Historical Review - Founder

  • Rice Dance Theatre - Choreographer and Dancer

  • KTRU Rice Radio - DJ