Research

Current Projects:

CIMA: Northeast Mexico speleothems

I am just starting to work on some stalagmites from northeast Mexico, which will be my main thesis research! This project is a huge collaborative effor, so for more info, please check out our website (Spanish translation coming soon). I am excited to be working with two MIT undergraduate researchers, Gabriela Cazares ’20 and Sarah Weidman ’21.

 Yucatán speleothems

I recently finished dating multiple cave deposits (speleothems) from Rio Secreto in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. We are examining past changes in regional precipitation using trace element ratios, stable isotope ratios, and microstratigraphy. I returned to the Yucatán in Summer 2016, thanks to a student research grant from the MIT EAPS department. Visit my field site with Google Earth here.

One segment of a speleothem from Rio Secreto.
One segment of a speleothem from Rio Secreto.

 

Past Projects:

Exoplanet atmospheres and climate

I worked with Dr. Sara Seager on exoplanet atmospheres and climate. We were working on a new way to constrain condensates (clouds) in the atmosphere of GJ 1214b.

Deep-sea coral geochemistry

Figure 3 from Serrato Marks et al., 2017

My undergraduate senior thesis focused on developing a new proxy for seawater barium from deep-sea bamboo corals. Read more about the project on Michèle LaVigne’s website, or in our recently published paper in Paleoceanography! This work was funded by the Bowdoin College Gibbons Summer Research Program and the National Science Foundation.

thesis finished
Handing in my senior thesis on deep-sea corals!
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Me, Michèle, and her son Graham at my graduation from Bowdoin in 2015!

 

Foraminfera and ENSO

I spent Summer 2014 at an REU at the University of Colorado, Boulder. My research mentor was Tom Marchitto at INSTAAR. I highly recommend the CU Boulder Summer Multicultural Access to Research Training (SMART) Program to any undergraduates from underrepresented groups.