I'm ​Becca, a Ph.D. candidate in Earth & Environmental Sciences at the University of Michigan. I'm studying how Earth's landscapes, life, and atmosphere are connected, and how those links have changed through time. I'm also interested in the intersection of gender+race and science communication, and its impacts on diversity in STEM.


I did my undergraduate degree at Michigan as well, although it wasn't until the end of my sophomore year that I realized geology was something I was interested in. I finished with a dual B.S. in Earth & Environmental Sciences and Communication Studies, which was my original major.

As I go into my fifth and final year of my Ph.D., I've come full circle back to my writing and communications roots. I love writing about science in a way that connects researchers to the public, which I'll get to do - while highlighting diverse geoscientists and their work - as GSA's Science Communication Fellow ('20-21). And I love using my writing to critically examine academia, higher education, and how intersectional feminism plays a role (or doesn't) in those spheres.

Outside of grad school - because there is, in fact, such a thing as life outside grad school - I enjoy running, baking, reading, and (my newest venture) sailing on Michigan's many lakes.

Please feel free to contact me about research and writing opportunities! (for GSA inquiries)


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