Originally from southern California, I was an undergraduate originally majoring in Biophysics and minoring in Conservation Biology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Bouncing around to different departments, I eventually graduated with a B.S. in Physics and a minor in Mathematics. I attended graduate school at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor to receive my Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Physics.
While a physicist by training, I’ve enjoyed a wide array of interdisciplinary research experiences as an undergraduate and graduate student. These include biophysical mechanics of nematodes, design of portable devices to run medical tests, properties of fluids at cryogenic temperatures, and laser spectroscopy on photosynthetic molecules. My Ph.D. research was at the intersection of physics and climate science, and focused on improving computational models of glacier calving, where cracks in glaciers meet up to break off icebergs.
During graduate school, I taught part-time at Washtenaw Community College. I love the personal interactions with students possible at a community college and I am excited to continue spreading my passion for physics with students at GRCC. My hope is that students leave my class with an appreciation for the interdisciplinary nature of physics and how its principles are fundamental to more applied sciences.