Education

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
Graduate Student
Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences
Fall 2017 – Present

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Class of 2016
Bachelors in Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Science (EAPS)
Minor in History
GPA: 4.9/5.0


Research Experience

US Geological Survey, Menlo Park
Fall 2016 – Summer 2017

  • Installing hydrologic monitoring equipment with researchers Jonathan Stock and Corina Cerovski-Darriau on the Big Island of Hawai’i and analyzing the resulting datasets

Fermat Capital Management
Summer 2016

  • Analyzed the probability of flooding due to storm surge to determine the expected yields of catastrophe bonds, which provide additional funds to insurance companies for low-probability, high-cost natural disasters

Geomorphology Group, EAPS Department, MIT
Winter 2013-Spring 2016

  • Created river network profiles for escarpments in Brazil to examine drainage divide migration rates and compare them to rates of stream capture
  • Analyzed the changes in landslide characteristics with respect to changing values of root reinforcement using MatLab
  • Compiled and prepared precipitation and elevation data for hotspot islands using ArcGIS
  • Physically separated olivine crystals from river colluvium for Beryllium-10 cosmogenic ray exposure analysis

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Summer 2015

  • Processed radar images from the Magellan probe and the Arecibo observatory using IDL
  • Analyzed surface features, including corona, lava flows and variations in surficial highreflectivity coatings on Venus by comparing radar polarization datasets with terrestrial analogs
  • Operated the Arecibo Radio Observatory to observe Venus in August 2015

Department of Petrology, University of Salamanca
Summer 2014

  • Balanced chemical reactions for crustal assimilation of xenoliths using mass conservation and algebraic best fits
  • Constructed a computer model for magma chamber cooling using COMSOL Multiphysics
  • Constrained model parameters using a literature search for crustal and magmatic thermodynamic properties and magma crystallization computed using MELTS
  • Improved Spanish language skills in formal, scientific and conversational settings

Bowring Lab, EAPS Department, MIT
Summer 2011

  • Physically and chemically separated radiogenic isotopes for use in geochronology using massspectroscopy, cleaned and maintained lab materials

Awards

National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship
Spring 2017

W. O. Crosby Award for Sustained Excellence in EAPS
Spring 2016
recognition of academic and intellectual achievement as well as contributions to the department

MIT Women’s Fencing Team Most Valuable Player (MVP)
Spring 2016

MIT COOP Athlete of the Week
Winter 2016

Outstanding Student Paper Award (OSPA)
Fall 2015
American Geophysical Union award for outstanding student research and poster presentations

John Mather Nobel Scholarship
Summer 2015
$3000 grant for selected NASA Goddard interns to present research at scientific conferences

EAPS Achievement Award
Spring 2015
recognition of high GPA, academic achievement, and departmental contribution

ExxonMobil Recruiter Nominated Grant for $5000
Spring 2014


Extracurricular Activities

Caltech – Occidental Wind Orchestra
Fall 2017 – Present

Caltech Chamber Music Program
Fall 2017 – Present

MIT Varsity Women’s Fencing
Fall 2012-Spring 2016
started for four years, competing at NCAA Regionals

MIT Symphony Orchestra
Fall 2012-Spring 2016
performed a variety of repertoire, from Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring to Bernstein’s On the Waterfront, in four to five concerts per year

MIT Music Department Emerson Scholar
Fall 2012-Spring 2016
granted a partial scholarship for private flute lessons, performed two recitals per year

Alpha Chi Omega, Theta Omicron Chapter
Fall 2013-Spring 2016


Leadership Experience

MIT Women’s Varsity Fencing Squad Leader
Fall 2014-Spring 2016

Chaperone for EAPS Pre-Orientation Program in Yellowstone
Summer 2013