In the News

August 20, 2018


Officially a Jayhawk! Incredibly excited to continue my education at the University of Kansas, and learn from the strong museum community here. Kansas is deservingly famous for its Cretaceous fossils, but the KU Natural History Museum has enormous collections of diverse fossils I can’t wait to work with.

April 18, 2018

img_7994(Me, explaining why invertebrate paleontology is so much better than vertebrate paleontology. I’m joking! Mostly.)

Penn State Undergraduate Exhibition

The Penn State Undergraduate Exhibition was a great success! This university-wide event brought together all kinds of student research including interpretive dance, a rolling Skype robot, and Hawaiian squid symbiosis. All of my judges were unfamiliar with paleontology, which was an opportunity to demonstrate how it is applicable to many fields. Thank you to Penn State for putting on this event, and for honoring me with a Physical Science award!

January 10, 2018

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She Found Fossils

          Last year, I heard through Twitter that Maria Eugenia Leone Gold ( was looking for early-career female paleontologists to feature in a children’s book she was working on. I gave her my information, and was completely blown away to find out I made it! Not going to lie, this book is right at my reading level (lots of pictures), and is jammed packed with interesting stories about women in paleontology, representing diverse jobs and backgrounds. I highly recommend it for everyone, it’s inspiring and informative for all ages. 



November 10, 2017

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Link to Article

This article has it all: ecological gradients, Ordovician ophiuroids, and pictures of me awkwardly holding rocks! There is plenty of fascinating paleontology accessible right around central Pennsylvania, and I hope my research encourages more people to explore our geologic backyard! 

October 24, 2017

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Link to Video  || Link to Article

I am very grateful to attend a university that actively supports student research, and my summer work has turned into a very nice write up and video produced by the College of EMS. 

October 11, 2017

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Link to the Video

It’s the best day of the year, aka National Fossil Day! To celebrate, I made a video for my college highlighting the surprisingly rich fossil history of Pennsylvania.

September, 2017

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“Meet Our Students” Feature

[PSU Featured Students Page]

I am featured on the Penn State College of Earth and Mineral Sciences website under “Meet our Students”! Check out my profile and the other great student representatives to get an idea of the wide interests and focuses of EMS!

September 3, 2017

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Erickson Discovery Grant 

[List of Recipients]    [News Article]

Over the summer, I was awarded an Erickson Discovery Grant to continue my research on the Ordovician Seas of Central PA. This funding is extremely meaningful to me because I can now focus on finding new localities and expanding the scope of my research. 

October 24, 2016


Excellence of Paleontology Award and Current Research

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This year, I was incredibly excited to win the Association of Women Geoscientists and Paleontological Society of America’s Undergraduate Excellence in Paleontology Award. AWG has connected me with so many inspiring women who have offered support and guidance on the many ways to approach a career in the geosciences. The GSA conference in Denver was a fantastic experience, and I listened to great presentations on everything from museum philosophy to collections management. I presented my research on Appalachian Ordovician faunal communities as a poster, and received detailed feedback on directions where I can take my research. Thank you to Jesse Westbrook for interviewing me and writing this article about the award and the research I am working on!

March 16, 2016

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Cover image of Pennsylvania Geology, Winter 2015

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I was honored to have my Reedsville stelleroids featured on the cover of Pennsylvania Geology, an online publication by the Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey. This magazine is great for keeping up to date with local geologic topics, and upcoming conferences and events. Definitely read this edition for Charlie Miller’s article on amazing stromatolites in the old Rupp quarry, which is practically downtown State College!


December 16, 2015

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College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Poster Competition

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     Every year, the Ryan Family Student Center holds an undergraduate poster competition, where students can present ongoing research, projects, or classwork. Posters featuring local park proposals to material science breakthroughs on the nano-scale level shows the diverse opportunities EMS offers. Presenting in the museum lobby of Deike building allows us to communicate our work to judges, the public, and students passing by between classes. For the most part, this means explaining what we are doing to people outside our major, sometimes for the first time.  Additionally, this competition definitely helps break down the isolation within the college, and students can communicate research methods and tips.

        After talking with everybody, I have some great ideas on where I can take my research next, and it was inspiring to see interested they were in local geology. My judges suggested new resources I never would have thought of on my own, and I owe them another thank you. Ultimately, the award ceremony had free cake (the best reward) and I can’t wait to participate next year with new material!

 June 25, 2015

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Reedsville Shale Locality Discovery

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          A preliminary report on the fossils I discovered over the summer on Tussey mountain, only 15 miles from the Penn State campus! While the research on this site is just beginning, it is pretty clear that the preservation here is something special for this Ordovician formation. Starfish (used as a general term here) are unusual in central Pennsylvania, and so far the exact taxonomy of the Tussey mountain find has not been determined. Local geologist Charlie Miller has encouraged me since the beginning of my paleontology interest, and when I made this discovery he was the first to jump in and help research everything related to the Reedsville. I plan to expand this research by comparing the site and fossils I found to other publications on Ordovician communities.