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My research is centered around methane hydrate stability and gas migration mechanisms in submarine sediments on continental slopes around the world. I have been working on determine the thermodynamic phase state of the hydrates within these sediments to gain understanding into the formation of these hydrate-systems as well as the sensitivity of these systems to fluctuating in situ conditions. This research is important for three reasons: a) Methane hydrates are an important potential energy resource for countries all around the world. b) Global climate change could potentially dissociate much of these hydrate systems, releasing massive amounts of methane gas into the atmosphere and compounding the affects of global warming. c) The release of free gas into the near-subsurface could increase to frequency and severity of submarine landslides.

GeoPRISMS Student Presentation Honorable Mention - GeoPRISMS (2016)

Chevron Graduate Research Student Fellowship - Chevron (2015)

AGU 2015 Outstanding Student Paper Award in Biogeosciences - American Geophysical Union (2015)

JSG Energy Geosciences Seed Grant - Jackson School of Geosciences (2014)

Jackson School of Geosciences Fellowship - Jackson School of Geosciences (2014)

Gale White Fellowship - UT Institute for Geophysics (2013)

High Honors - Eckerd College (2012)

Best Student Poster Presentation - Eckerd College Science Symposium (2012)

Ewing-Worzel Fellowship - UT Institute for Geophysics (2012)

Dean's List - Eckerd College (2010 - 2012)

Presidential Merit Scholarship - Eckerd College (2008 - 2012)

Member, Back on My Feet Young Professional Board, Back on My Feet (2015)

Member, Sigma Xi, (2012)

President/Member, Omicron Delta Kappa, (2010 - 2012)

Resident Advisor, Eckerd College (2009 - 2012)

Methane hydrate formation in a saturated, coarse-grained sample through the induction of a propagating gas front, Gordon Research Conference on Natural Gas Hydrate Systems, Galveston, TX (2016)

Fluid flow and salt movement associated with hydrate-filled fractures, UT GeoFluids Constorium Meeting, Austin, TX (2015)

Methane hydrate formation in a saturated, coarse-grained sample through the induction of a propagating gas front, American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA (2015)

Thermodynamic state of hydrate-bearing sediments on continental margins around the world, Jackson School of Geosciences Student Symposium, Austin, TX (2014)

Thermodynamic stability of gas hydrate systems on continental margins and in permafrost regions inferred from well log analysis, Gordon Research Conference on Natural Gas Hydrate Systems, Galveston, TX (2014)

Thermodynamic State Of Hydrate-Bearing Sediments On Continental Margins Around The World, Offshore Technology Conference, Houston, TX (2014)

Thermodynamic state of gas hydrate in the Krishna-Godavari Basin inferred from well log analysis, UT GeoFluids Constorium Meeting, Austin, TX (2014)

Three Phase Stability in Hydrocarbon Vents Around The World, UT GeoFluids Consortum Meeting, UT Austin, Austin, TX (2013)

Thermodynamic State of Hydrate-Bearing Sediments Around the World, UT Institute for Geophysics Fellowship Presentation, UT Institute for Geophysics, Austin, TX (2013)

In Site Gas Hydrate Saturation and Salinity of Hydrate-Bearing Sediments Through Well Log Analysis, Society for Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts, New Orleans, LA (2013)

Thermodynamic state of hydrate-bearing sediments on continental margins around the world, American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA (2013)

Three Phase Stability in Hydrocarbon Vents Around The World, Jackson School of Geosciences Student Symposium, UT Austin, Austin, TX (2012)