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.

Gale White Fellowship - UT Institute for Geophysics (2013)

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

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

High Honors - Eckerd College (2012)

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

Presidential Merit Scholarship - Eckerd College (2008 - 2012)

Member, Sigma Xi, (2012)

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

Resident Advisor, Eckerd College (2009 - 2012)

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 (SPWLA), New Orleans, LA (2013)

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