Sedimentary Geology and Continental Paleoenvironments

I use the geochemistry of paleosols and other continental deposits to reconstruct terrestrial paleoenvironmental variables (e.g. temperature, pCO2, precipitation, vegetation composition). This ultimate goal of this work is to learn how continental environments have evolved throughout geologic history and understand how soil processes respond to and drive feedbacks during major climate transitions.

Active projects include:

  1) Reconstructing changes in pCO2 and vegetation  during the Pliocene-Pleistocene transition.

  2) Understanding how processes across the terrestrial-marine interface can impact long-term carbon burial.

        -Currently funded through an ACS-PRF Doctoral New Investigator Grant (Grant: 65866; Start Date 9/1/2022)

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Permian-Triassic Deposits
Xinjiang Province, China
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~1.1 Ga Stromatolite
Northern Michigan, USA