About me

I am a theoretical and computational biogeochemist and microbial ecologist. I am currently a Simons Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Marine Microbial Ecology, working at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, advised by Dr. Naomi Levine. I completed my PhD in Climate Physics and Chemistry in the Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), advised by Dr. Mick Follows. I am interested in the relationships between microbial activity, global biogeochemistry, and the climate system. My research combines knowledge of microbial metabolisms and the physical transport within the earth system to gain a mechanistic understanding of biogeochemical cycling. I am interested specifically in the microbially mediated marine nitrogen and oxygen cycles, with the goal of better understanding the distributions of nitrogen, oxygen, and other nutrients in the context of current ocean warming and deoxygenation. I use mathematical models as tools to integrate micro- and global-scale processes.

In the news: “New study sets oxygen-breathing limit for ocean’s hardiest organisms”

In the news: “Understanding Microbial Competition for Nitrogen”