Most of my research centers around magnetotactic bacteria and their fossil counterparts, magnetofossils. One of the reasons I love this research area is because it is interdisciplinary: I use aspects of geology, biology, astrobiology, physics, materials science, and more. Another reason why I love what I do is because I am challenged to apply very detailed measurements and results to a general framework, and vice versa: for example, how does a specific magnetofossil morphology relate to regional climate change millions of years ago? To answer these questions I usually start with a slew of analytical techniques including various forms of magnetic experiments and electron microscopy. I also enjoy collaborating with other graduate students, professors, and researchers who specialize in isotope geochemistry, micropaleontology, micromagnetic modeling, structural geology, sedimentology, and more.
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Geology & Geophysics
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Salt Lake City, UT 84112