I study deep subsurface microbial ecology and its applications to astrobiology. Currently I'm exploring microbial life living in fracture fluids as deep as 4,850 feet at the Deep Mine Microbial Observatory (DeMMO) located in the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead, South Dakota. This NESSF funded project focuses on characterization of mineral-hosted biofilm communities through field and laboratory-based cultivation experiments.
I became interested in astrobiology through my studies on deep sea hydrothermal vent archaea in Prof. Matt Schrenk's lab at East Carolina University. I moved from North Carolina to Chicago in 2012 for my Master's research in Prof. D'Arcy Meyer-Dombard's lab at the University of Illinois. There I studied microbial communities living in ultrabasic serpentinizing fluids in the Coast Range and Zambales Ophiolite complexes. While at UIC, I met Prof. Maggie Osburn, and am now a PhD candidate in Prof. Osburn's Isotope Geobiology Lab at Northwestern University studying microbial life in the continental deep subsurface. I love coding, graphic design, and hanging out with my two cats, Creme Fraiche and Neko.