In the field, during the NETCARE project’s springtime Arctic aircraft campaign

2021- Assistant Professor, Colorado State University
2018-2020 NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
2012-2018 PhD Environmental Chemistry, University of Toronto
2007-2011 BSc Chemistry, Vancouver Island University

I am an environmental analytical chemist, and I use field observations and laboratory studies of atmospherically relevant physical & organic chemistry to understand aerosol chemistry and its impacts on climate and air quality. I got hooked on studying the chemistry of our environment during my undergrad at Vancouver Island University.

I did my PhD at the University of Toronto, in the Abbatt group, where I participated in field campaigns to study urban aerosol chemistry in Toronto, industrial emission in the Athabasca Oil Sands, and the sources and chemistry of aerosol in the Arctic. During the NETCARE project, I used airborne aerosol mass spectrometry to understand the influence of increasing open water area and long-range pollution transport on Arctic aerosol chemistry and chemistry-climate interactions. This work has connected me with an amazing community of scientists studying the relationships between biology, chemistry and physics in Earth’s cold regions, through the Cryosphere and ATmospheric CHemistry (CATCH) initiative. After my PhD, I moved from the field into the lab as a postdoctoral fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, working in the Wilson group on the mulitphase physical chemistry in levitated microdroplet arrays.

Our group’s research at CSU combines my experience in field measurements and fundamental laboratory studies with online mass spectrometry techniques to improve our molecular understanding of ocean – atmosphere – cryosphere interactions.

Outside of chemistry, I enjoy exploring all that the Fort Collins area has to offer for cycling and hiking. When I’m not outside, I enjoy cooking, reading and knitting wooly hats.