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I am a sedimentologist and geomorphologist who bridges the processes of bedform formation and dynamics across environments and in ancient and inaccessible worlds. To do this, I implement robust bedform analysis techniques to reveal bedform morphology and movement. I use fieldwork, experimental methods, and modeling to investigate modern settings to both understand contemporary landscapes and the records of past environments. The goal of my research centers on identifying and quantifying the links between flow, sediment transport, and bedform morphodynamics. A better understanding of these various interactions will allow us to better leverage records of ancient environments, utilize modern bedforms more effectively to characterize conditions of Earth and planetary systems, and improve how contemporary environments are managed in the face of climate change, for example through flood risk management.

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I received an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship!

*since publishing this post, Dr. Jeff Nittrouer has transitioned to a position at Texas Tech University A few weeks ago, I received the official notice of my NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, entitled: ‘Morphodynamics of giant dunes in wind and water’! This award will allow me to continue my interests and research on the morphodynamics of dunes.…

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Geoscience Camp for Girls!

In August 2019, I ran a Geoscience camp for girls in Champaign and Urbana, IL. This camp was meant to foster interest and knowledge in the Geosciences for girls of color and other underrepresented backgrounds. Guided through hands-on activities such as a simulated volcanic eruption, weather balloon deployment, and GIS analyis, the girls conducted a…

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The shape of dunes in the world’s big rivers

This work is part of my PhD and details the shape of dunes in the world’s big rivers. Here, I show that the shape of dunes in these rivers is flatter and smaller than previously thought. This work was recently published in Nature Geoscience. To read a recently published story about this paper see the…

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