Fields of Study
My other interests include: remote sensing and GIS, recreational land use and management, environmental policy, energy resources, landscape archaeology, history of California, history of science, teaching pedagogy
Dr. Glen MacDonald (Committee Chair)
Dr. Thomas Gillespie
Dr. Marilyn Raphael
Dr. Matthew Kirby (Geological Sciences, CSU-Fullerton)
I am primarily interested in Quaternary Paleoclimate and Paleolimnology. In particular, how did landscapes change during and after glaciation? How did atmospheric dynamics, especially precipitation in the West, drive these changes? My PhD research involves proxy analyses on cores from Big Bear Valley lakes in the San Bernardino Mountains. Baldwin Lake, in particular, is one of the oldest land records in the US Coastal Southwest.
PhD Geography, in progress, UCLA
M.S. Geology, 2004, University of Cincinnati
B.A. Geology, 2001, DePauw University
Publications include 1 first-authored paper on Midwest deglaciation, and 2 as part of a Lake Agassiz research group.
About 12 talks and posters from 2001 - present. Topics include paleoclimate of the San Bernardino Mountains, deglaciation in Ohio and Indiana, Lake Agassiz drainage, and landscape archaeology in southwest Turkey.