I use analytical organic chemistry tools to understand microbial life and environmental processes. Through measuring both rare and abundant molecules that microbes rely on, I try to address questions relating to carbon cycling on scales from the micrometer size of a cell to the thousands of kilometers that span ocean basins.
Teaching is my favorite part of science! I have taught science in a wide variety of capacities, from formal classrooms to informal hiking outings, and at levels from first grade to graduate students.
I am constantly looking for ways to engage students in venues outside of the university and in non-traditional educational settings.