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Postdoctoral Scholar

The University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85719
Geoscience Department
University of Arizona
1040 E. 4th St.
Tucson, AZ 85719

I recently received my PhD in Geoscience at the University of Arizona in the Global Seismology and Tectonics (GSAT) lab using a variety of techniques to study global seismic hazard. The primary focus of my research is using ground motion modeling of large earthquakes to better understand the interaction between topography and the seismic wavefield and how this relates to coseismic landslide initiation. I also deploy and analyze data from large-N seismic arrays to image subsurface structure in regions of high seismic hazard.

This fall, I will be starting as a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Washington working on the Cascadia Coastlines and Peoples Hazards Research Hub (CoPes Hub) performing ground motion simulations of potential Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquakes with a focus on quantifying hazard for coastal communities in the Pacific Northwest.

I am very passionate about increasing diversity in geoscience and STEM through outreach in the department, university, and community levels. I founded and ran the Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG) Southern Arizona Chapter in 2018, helping to jumpstart an undergraduate mentoring program as well as a field camp scholarship for students in underrepresented minorities in STEM. I am also a program coordinator for UA Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) organizing events to get young girls involved in STEM. If you want to learn more about these two amazing organizations, please visit their websites!



  • Ph.D. in Geoscience, 2022
    University of Arizona
  • B.S. in Geoscience, 2017
    Pennsylvania State University