*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


2011 – 2016

Adjunct Assistant Professor 

Hunter College, Department of Geography                                                                             

New York, New York


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

Mitchell Hitchcock, MSc. Ecology

Best practices of Akaike Information Criterion models in analyzing ancient methane cold seep faunal successions


Patrick Suter, MSc. Geology

Investigations into the use of remote sensing for use of locating and mapping out previously unknown ancient methane cold seep localities in remote areas.


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 Tercera, 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