The nucleation and growth of carbonate minerals upon organic templates surfaces is widespread in natural and engineered environments. In the subsurface, carbonate mineralization may be promoted by biopolymer arrays on bacterial cell membranes. The stability of these phases determines the time scale over which they can act as natural sinks for carbon and heavy metals in the environment. My research uses rare-events simulation protocols and complimentary experiments to investigate the mechanisms of carbonate nucleation/growth and the influence of organic templates and living interfaces on these processes.
Department of Geological Sciences
2008 Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Major Field: Biogeochemistry (Advisor - Patricia M. Dove)
Dissertation Title: Biologically controlled mineralization and demineralization of amorphous silica
2001 B.S., University of California, Davis
Major Field: Geology, Minor Field: English Literature
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