AIRIE Mission Statement

To set an example for ethical practices,
To pursue excellence in science and technology,
To seek global applications for fundamental discoveries,
To advance the geosciences for the benefit of Earth and her inhabitants.

We will accomplish these goals by diligence and creativity, by engaging
other disciplines, embracing new ideas, and respecting diverse perspectives.
Re-Os Geochronology and Os Isotope Tracer Studies
Applied to Sulfides, Black Shales, and Hydrocarbons

Professional Background

  My undergraduate work was completed at Arcadia University, where I received a Bachelor's degree in chemistry and two minors in mathematics and studio art. My focus was organic chemistry, and my senior thesis was a review of the molecular structure of organic dyes commonly used in textile conservation. As a senior, I took a physical geology course and discovered geochemistry. My work with AIRIE deals with the determination of how rhenium and osmium are organically and inorganically bound within the asphaltene and maltene fractions of crude oil.

Scientific Interests

  • Isotope geochemistry
  • Organic chemistry
  • Mineral deposits and mineralogy

Research Interests

  • Describing complexes of Re and Os found in crude oil
  • Understanding the behavior and fractionation of Re and Os in oils
  • Petroleum geochemistry

Other Interests

  • Bouldering, skiing, camping, and traveling
  • Playing folk music on the violin, piano, and mandolin
  • Studio arts and ceramics
  • Mineral collecting and mine exploration

Contact Information

AIRIE Program
Department of Geosciences
Warner College of Natural Resources, Room 318
Colorado State University, Ft Collins, CO 80523-1482