Postdoctoral Research Fellow


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    Tues-Thurs 1:00 - 2:30 pm
  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • Concentration:

    • Biological Anthropology
  • Department:

    • Anthropology and Geography
  • Education:

    • Ph.D. University of Arizona
    • M.A University of Arizona
    • B.A University of Nevada, Reno


RESEARCH INTERESTS: Hominin paleoecology, paleoclimates, paleomonsoons, organic geochemistry (biomarkers), isotopic geochemistry, sedimentology and stratigraphy, chemostratigraphy, terrestrial ecology, geoarchaeology.

From a methodological perspective, I am most interested in the reconstruction of paleoclimates, vegetation regimes and ancient monsoons through the analysis of organic molecules and isotopes. I have direct experience with the analysis of leaf wax isotopes (n-alkanes), branched GDGT paleothermometry, and soil carbonates.

I also have extensive field experience working on loess-paleosol sequences and terrestrial stratigraphic correlations as a means to examine monsoonal variability in north-central China.

From a theoretical perspective, I am interested in how climatic variability affects human and biological evolution, ecological patterns and the development of adaptive technologies.