*Photo credit: Steve Thurston of the American Museum of Natural History, NY, NY. 


2014  –      Doctorate of Philosophy in Paleoecology, Graduate Center of the City University of New York                                             

 Paleoecology of Late Cretaceous methane cold-seeps of the Pierre Shale, South Dakota   Supervisor: Neil H. Landman

2011 –     Master’s of Arts in Geology, CUNY Brooklyn College                                                                                                     

Taxonomy and taphonomy of enigmatic Burgess Shale-type fossils of the Wheeler Formation, Utah                                                                                                                 Supervisor: Wayne G. Powell

2007  –    Bachelor’s of Art in Studio Art, CUNY Hunter College



2018  –

Clinical Assistant Professor

University at Buffalo, Department of Geology                                                                       

Buffalo, New York

Classes taught: Natural Hazards, Climate Change, Sedimentology & Paleontology, and Introduction to Geologic Mapping & Communication, Freshman Seminar: Mass Extinctions, Advanced Stratigraphy

Education Outreach: Creator & Coordinator of summer institute and year-long outreach program


2011 – 2016

Adjunct Assistant Professor 

Hunter College, Department of Geography                                                                             

New York, New York

Courses taught: Introduction to Geology Lecture & Lab, Weather & Climate Lab, Geomorphology Lecture & Lab, Introduction to Environmental Science, and Macaulay’s Honors College – Seminar 3 (Urban Ecology)


2013 –2016

Adjunct Lecturer

Pace University, Department of Chemistry & Physical Sciences                                         

New York, New York



Adjunct Lecturer

Kean University, Department of Sustainable Sciences                                                     

Union, New Jersey

2010 − 2013

Adjunct Lecturer 

Brooklyn College, Department of Geology                                                                   

Brooklyn, New York


2009 − 2011

NSF Fellowship

Brooklyn College GK12 City-as-Lab and the Academy of Urban Planning High School 

Brooklyn, New York


2006 − 2009

Science Instructor for Professional Development                                                         

New York Hall of Science                                                                                                       

Corona, New York


Current Students

Patrick Suter, MSc. Geology, University at Buffalo, New York

Integrating the use of remote sensing in locating ancient methane seep assemblages in the U.S. Western Interior

Mitchell Hitchcock, Msc. Geology, University at Buffalo, New York

Investigating the potential use of AIC and BIC model analysis on paleoecological investigations of ancient methane cold seeps


Cody Kowalski, BA. Geology

Microspherules as possible evidence of previously unknown impact event in the Upper Devonian West Falls Group of Western New York.

Kimberly Tercero, BA. Geology

Investigations of mictotektites as possible evidence from the Devonian Alamo Impact event and its relationship to carbon-13 excursions in the Upper Cashaqua-Rhinestreet Shale Members of Western New York

Isabelle Li, BSc. Geology, University at Buffalo, New York

Microfossils of Western New York Devonian Shales


Previous Students

2015 –    2016       Laura LaRocca, City College, New York, New York

Investigations into Recent shifts of benthic foraminiferal populations and warm/cold water currents of the Demark Strait.

2013 – 2014         Eric Breitenbach, Hunter College and American Museum of Natural History

REU: Biography and light isotope geochemistry of ammonites and Inoceramids of methane cold seeps of the Pierre Shale, South Dakota

2013 – 2014         Mariya Mego Vela, Hunter College and American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York

REU: Foraminifera as paleodepth indicators of the Pierre Shale, South Dakota

2012 – 2014          Alexander M. Krawchuk, Hunter College and American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York

REU: Investigations into the mineralogy of methane cold-seeps and correlation to stage of maturity and duration of fluid flow