I am a native of New Jersey and began my graduate studies at the University of Notre Dame in 2012 and completed my PhD in September of 2017. I obtained my bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in Earth Science and Chemistry from Kean University in New Jersey. My honors thesis work was a mineralogical and petrological survey of the Watchung flood basalts. During my time at Kean, I also conducted an in-depth review of uranium deposits in New Jersey.
My PhD research involved diverse topics in the realms of actinide mineralogy, geochemistry, and nuclear forensics. I explored the crystal chemistry and materials properties of uranyl vanadate minerals and synthetic phases. During graduate school, I also investigated the paragenesis and mineralogy of a suite of uranium-rich opals from Mexico. Additionally, I conducted extensive research on the trace element and U isotope of uranium-rich materials for source attribution, and developed a novel nuclear forensic tool for determining the origin of U-rich materials.
I currently work as a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Notre Dame. My research investigates the structural, trace element, and isotopic composition of uranium dioxide fuel pellets using a variety of analytical techniques. I am interested in developing novel nuclear forensic methodologies for source attribution and provenance determination.
When I'm not in the lab, I enjoy making jewelry, cooking, and gardening.