After completing a bachelors degree in Marine Biology at Hawaii Pacific University, I switched track and obtained my masters degree in Marine Geology from University of California, Santa Barbara looking at foraminiferal assemblage changes in the oxygen minimum zone through time off California. I then went on to Texas A&M University, where I completed my PhD in Oceanography in May 2010 studying changes in deep water circulation through time. I am currently working as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Southampton under Clive Trueman. The main focus of my project is to use neodymium isotopes to try to identify changes in oceanic circulation or weathering patterns through several Mesozoic extinction events. I am also interested in the geochemistry of the so-called 'Rare Earth Elements', both their elemental cycling, and the ways that they are preserved in the fossil record..