Title: Graduate Student
Group: Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometer Laboratory (TIMS Lab)
Research Summary: In my PhD research, I have applied high-precision zircon geochronology with a stratigraphic approach to study two different flood basalts: the 2.7 Ga Fortescue Group in northwestern Australia, and the 16 Ma Columbia River Basalt Group (CRBG) in the northwestern USA. I aim to integrate precise zircon dates for these voluminous eruptions with paleomagnetic data documenting plate motion or magnetic field reversals, with other paleoclimate archives of environmental change, and with magmatic volumes to calculate effusion rates. With my new timeline for CRBG eruptions, I aim to better understand the connection between this volcanism and the concurrent global warming of the Miocene Climate Optimum.
Keywords: Earth history, geochronology, stratigraphy, volcanology, paleomagnetism