Ph.D. student, Mining Engineering
K-12 outreach topics
Earth Sciences, minerals, women in STEM, volcanology, geochemistry
I earned my B.A. in Geology from Pomona College in California and worked as a research assistant in Pomona’s petrology lab for a year following my graduation. I then spent three months as a gas-geochemistry intern at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory before starting my M.S. in geochemistry and igneous petrology at the University of Oregon. During my masters program, I developed a passion for ore and mineral deposit formation, which led me to pursue my PhD in the Mining Geology Research Group at Mines in 2019. My research seeks to determine the fluid and metal sources for Carlin-type gold deposits by looking at the trace element and stable isotope chemistry of ore-stage sulfides as well as the large-scale characteristics of deposits that fall somewhere between Carlin-type and magmatically-sourced distal disseminated. We hypothesize that sedimentary-rock hosted gold deposits in places like the Battle Mountain mining district in north-central Nevada, are the most distal products of magmatic fluids involved in the creation of porphyry and distal disseminated deposits during Eocene magmatism. Determining whether there is a link between magmatic fluids and Carlin-gold will serve as a valuable tool in further exploration for similar sedimentary-hosted deposits. In my life outside of work, I am usually hanging out with my cats or going on outdoor adventures (often motivated by rock/mineral collecting).
“Investigating Ore-Stage Sulfide Composition as an Indicator of Fluid Source Characteristics in Carlin-Type and Carlin-Like Gold Deposits”