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Newton International Fellow (Royal Society) University of Edinburgh (Feb 2015-Present)


2013-2015: Columbia Science Fellow

2012-2015: Postdoctoral Researcher at the American Museum of Natural History

2008-2012: Richard Gilder Graduate School at the AMNH, PhD in Comparative Biology (September 2012) 

2005-2008: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BS in Geological Science, minor Marine Science


  • Forbes 30 Under 30 Science 2015
  • Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Grant: 2014
  • GSA-U.S. National Committee for the International Union of Geological Sciences Early Career Scientist Travel Fellowship Grant Award: 2012 
  • IUGS Hutchison Young Scientist Award: 2012 
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship: 2009-2012 
  • NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant: 2011-2012
  • Jurassic Foundation Grant: January 2011
  • ExxonMobil Geosciences Award: 2010 
  • Jackson School of Geosciences Student Member Travel Grant: 2010


  • Seminar leader for "Frontiers of Science" first-year core science course at Columbia University
  • Teaching assistant for Life Systems course at Columbia University
  • Co-teacher for AMNH Education Department SRMP class “Biodiversity”


Bermuda (2013), Australia (2012), Mongolia (2009, 2010), Wyoming (2008), Nova Scotia, Canada (2009), North Carolina (2007)

Gobi Desert 2010

Gobi Desert 2010