I am a paleoecologist working as a lecturer for the Frontiers of Science course at Columbia University and as a postdoctoral researcher at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. I am fascinated by the interaction between plants and the environment throughout Earth's history, especially as it informs modern and future climate change.
Plants make up the vast majority of the terrestrial biosphere. They shape their environment and they are shaped by it.
Because plants have such an intimate relationship with Earth's climate, plant fossils are the best tools available for understanding the evolution of terrestrial environments.
My work disentangles the connection between plants and their environment through physiology, anatomy and biogeography, and I use my findings to reconstruct Earth's geological and ecological history.
More information on my specific projects can be found here.