I am a native of New Jersey and began my graduate studies at the University of Notre Dame in 2012. 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 includes diverse topics in the realms of actinide mineralogy, geochemistry, and nuclear forensics. I am currently exploring the crystal chemistry and materials properties of uranyl vanadate minerals and synthetic phases. Other current research investigates the paragenesis and mineralogy of a suite of uranium-rich opals from Mexico. My newest project involves the trace element analysis of uranium-rich materials for source attribution, and developing a novel nuclear forensic tool for determining the origin of U-rich materials. When I'm not in the lab, I enjoy making jewelry, cooking, and gardening.