I am a first-year masters student working with Tom Johnson in the multicollector ICP-MS laboratory. My research focuses on the use of antimony stable isotopes to determine the fractionation associated with geomicrobiological cycling of Sb(V) and Sb(III). Experiments with cultures of known Sb-reducing microbiota in an extremely simplified system are essential to understand the basic associated Sb fractionation. By monitoring antimony isotopes, the occurrence or extent of antimony reduction may be determined in groundwater systems. The use of isotopes instead of concentrations in groundwater studies reduces the error associated with dilution and adsorption of aqueous species.
I enjoy hiking, gardening, and learning about animal care. I currently have guinea pigs, a betta fish, a crested gecko, and a cat living with me. I also used to maintain a 250 gallon reef aquarium and a 250 gallon dart frog paludarium. I could talk about animals or building their habitats at any time!
B.S. in Geology, Indiana State University