Together with my co-conveners Gabrielle Dublet-Adli, Vincent Noel, and Naresh Kumar, I convened Session 11g: Redox-Driven Transformation and Mobility of Contaminants and Nutrients at Goldschmidt 2021. We enjoyed inspiring talks by almost 50 presenters! In addition, I presented my most recent work at Stanford in Session 9f.
Workshop on Carbon Cycle Modeling
I took part in a two-week workshop on New Advances in Land Carbon Cycle Modeling led by Dr. Yiqi Luo's ECOLAB at the Northern Arizona University. Amongst other things, we looked into the structure of different models and used simulation and data-driven modeling (including data assimilation). The figure above illustrates the spatial distribution of carbon storage that we simulated using the Community Atmosphere-Biosphere-Land Exchange model (CABLE ) matrix model.
Spice it up
This month, I am starting on a project aimed at developing methods to detect lead in spices. The project is led by Jenna Forsyth at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. More details are available in the Research section. I am excited to work with Jenna, Alandra, and Carla on this project!
Soils from the Calhoun Critical Zone Observatory
Aaron Thompson from the University of Georgia collected soils from the Calhoun Critical Zone Observatory that are now at Stanford and being characterized using mediated electrochemistry. We are interested in how the redox reactivity of iron minerals varies between soil horizons and usage. Head to the Research section to learn more.
Incubations of Lake Tahoe sediments
The sediment cores that I collected from Lake Tahoe are incubating in our laboratory fridge. I mimic potential future changes in bottom water oxygen concentrations by incubating the cores in air-tight Mylar jars under various atmospheric oxygen levels. More details on this project can be found here.
AGU Fall Meeting 2020
Together with Vincent Noel, Hannah Naughton, and Kristin Boye I convened a session on Soils of the Anthropocene: Ecosystem-Scale Implications of Pore-Scale Redox Heterogeneities in Soils at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union. We had a virtual poster walk through session with the presenters with inspiring discussions regarding the future of anoxic microsite research- I am excited for what is to come!
Stanford Postdoc Teaching Certificate
I finished my last teaching practice session and obtained the Stanford Postdoc Teaching Certificate! The certificate comprises teaching training, elective courses and workshops, teaching practice, and a teaching portfolio for a minimum in-class time of 100 h. I learned and applied a number of pedagogical practices, including strategies for active learning and creating inclusive learning environments.
SkillShare at Stanford Earth
I led a workshop on Electronic Lab Notebooks at Stanford Earth. We discussed different types of Electronic Lab Notebooks and took a look at different softwares.
Field trip to Lake Tahoe
I collected sediment and water samples from Lake Tahoe in collaboration with the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center. Find out more about the research project here. The photos show me holding a sediment core and preparing the box corer on the research boat John Le Conte .
Seminar talk at IUPUI
I gave an invited talk in the Earth Science Seminar Series at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis. It was a pleasure to get to talk with some of the students and faculty at IUPUI. A huge thanks to Greg Druschel for inviting me!
ACS Fall 2020 Meeting
I shared my most recent research on Is carbon mineralization in floodplains controlled by the redox reactivity of iron minerals? in a broadcast session of the Geochemistry Division at the Fall 2020 Virtual Meeting of the American Chemical Society.
I started a series of column experiments with Kristin Boye, a staff scientist at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. The columns (see photo above) are packed with ferrihydrite-coated sand and each contain a ball of reduced sediment from field sites in the Rocky Mountains. We want to find out what materials are exported from the reduced sediments into the sand and how these exports affect biogeochemical reactions in the sand. For more information, head to the Research Section.
Lots of firsts this year: At the first virtual Goldschmidt Conference, I am not only a presenter, but also a convener for Session 12b on the Coupled Redox Cycling of S, Mn, and Fe: Impacts on Nutrient and Contaminant Dynamics. It was also my first time delivering a presentation virtually!
Reactive Transport Modeling Workshop
I learned about reactive transport modeling using The Geochemist's Workbench in a four-day workshop led by Craig Bethke, Brian Farrell, Qusheng Jin, and Jia Wang.
The clip above shows the transport of lead in a contaminated aquifer.
The highlight of the workshop was talking to Qusheng about thermodynamic controls on microbial respiration rates!
Virtual bootcamp: Rising Environmental Leaders Program
We held a virtual bootcamp with the 2020 cohort of the Rising Environmental Leaders Program. The bootcamp was organized by Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and featured speakers working in the federal agencies, congress, non-profits and advocacy organizations.
I created an infographic on the role of soils in climate change in a workshop offered by Science Teaching Through Art at Stanford University. Unfortunately, our outreach events at high schools in the area were cancelled, but we instead presented our infographics on Twitter! Click on the image to see more.
I am honored to have been awarded the ETH Silver medal for "solving important knowledge gaps in the redox reactivity of iron using an interdisciplinary approach" in my doctoral research. ETH Zürich awards this medal to the top 8% of doctoral candidates.
Rising Environmental Leaders Program
I am one of 20 candidates from all seven schools at Stanford that that was accepted into the Rising Environmental Leaders program at Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. Read the bios of the 2020 cohort here.
Field trip to the Rocky Mountains
I went on a field trip to the East River floodplain, near the town of Crested Butte in the Rocky Mountains, Colorado, to collect soil samples for my research. The photo shows an anoxic discharge into East River with orange iron-rich organic flocs.
Starting my postdoctoral research at Stanford!
I joined Scott Fendorf's Soil and Environmental Biogeochemistry group in the Department of Earth System Science at Stanford. I am very excited to start my project on organic matter mineralization in floodplain soils, which is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.
Field trip to Sweden
I went on a field trip to Sweden with members of my group at ETH Zürich. We studied redox processes in wetlands near Filipstad. The photo above shows one of our field sites. More details about our field work can be found in the article Waiting for Oxygen (p. 36 ff), which was published in the ETH Globe Magazine.