Education and Work

University of Kansas                                                                                   August 2018- May 2020

  • Museum Studies M.A.
  • Collections and Curation track
  • College of Liberal Arts and Science

     Thesis subject: Preservation pathways in the middle Cambrian Spence Shale member of the Langston formation in Utah. 


Pennsylvania State University                                                                 August 2014- May 2018 

  • Geobiology B.S., minor in Anthropology
  • Schreyer Honors College and College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
  • Thesis Advisor: Mark Patzkowsky

Honors Thesis Title: “The Ordovician Seas of Central Pennsylvania: Analyzing environmental affinities and faunal gradients in the Taconic foreland basin”

CV and thesis available upon request

Work, Internship, and Lab Experience

Graduate Collections Assistant, Vertebrate Paleontology Division                   8/2018-Present

The University of Kansas, assisting Collections Manager Megan Sims in systematic curation and collections management; including specimen rehousing, revising collections database, specimen borrows and loans, and digitizing records.


Curational Intern, The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, S.D.                                  5/2018-8/2018

In-situ specimen conservation and preservation under bonebed curator Justin Wilkins, prepared and consolidated fossil specimens under preparator Monica Bugbee, mapped, digitized and documented specimens in ArcGIS.


Laboratory Assistant, Dr. Phillip Reno Evolutionary Development Lab                 2017-2018

Pennsylvania State University, assisted PhD candidate Allison Machnicki by cleaning and aligning 3-D scans of primate vertebrae specimens to analyze the evolution of vertebral column development.


Research Assistant, Museum of Paleontology Egidio Feruglio                                    May 2016

Assisted Dr. Peter Wilf and PhD candidate Claire Cleveland by completing database entry, documentation and photography of 1000+ fossil plant specimens, collections management, and specimen preparation


Research Assistant, Fossil Preparator, Stratigraphic Paleoecology Lab                   2013-2016

Pennsylvania State University, assisted Dr. Max Christie with preparation and and identification of Plio-Pleistocene mollusks, created independent research project on latitudinal gradients and ranges during the Plio-Pleistocene extinction using fossil data from online databases.