Curriculum Vitae

Diatoms on mineral grain from Steel Lake, Minnesota. The diatom frustules are ~20 micrometers in diameter.


Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, 2011
M.Sc., Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, Mississippi, USA, 2005

B.Sc.,  “Babeş-Bolyai” University, Cluj-Napoca, Cluj, Romania, 2003

Professional appointments

Research Geologist, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, 2017-present
Research Associate, University of Cambridge, 2013-2017
Postdoctoral Associate, University of Minnesota, Institute for Rock Magnetism, 2012-2013
Instructor, University of Minnesota and Normandale Community College, 2011-2013
Research Assistant, University of Minnesota, Geology and Geophysics, 2009-2011
Teaching Assistant, University of Minnesota, Geology and Geophysics, 2006-2008
Visiting Scientist, Total, Pau, France, 2005
Teaching Assistant, Mississippi State University, Geosciences, 2003-2005

Honors, awards, and grants

Edward and Helen Hintz Secretarial Scholarship, Smithsonian Institution, 2017-2022
Associate Fellow of the U.K. Higher Education Academy, 2015

     Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (recognition reference PR093728)
NSF-EAR 1316385  Collaborative Research ($268,512), 2013-2015
Research Assistantship, University of Minnesota Grants-in-Aid ($34,283), 2010-2011
Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, University of Minnesota ($22,500), 2008-2009
Student Research Grant, Geological Society of America ($2,140), 2008
Kerry Kelts Memorial Travel Award, University of Minnesota ($350), 2008
John W. Gruner Graduate Fellowship, University of Minnesota (1/4 appointment), 2007-2008
Richard C. Dennis Graduate Fellowship, University of Minnesota (1/4 appointment), 2006-2007
Graduate School Fellowship, University of Minnesota ($17,500), 2005-2006
Student Travel Grant, Geological Society of America ($550), 2004
Outstanding Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Babeş-Bolyai University ($1,000), 2002-2003
European Union Erasmus-Socrates Scholarship at Lund University, Sweden, 2001-2002
Academic Merit Scholarship, Babeş-Bolyai University, 1998-2003

Professional membership and service

Member, American Geophysical Union, Geological Society of America, Mineralogical Society of America
Guest Editor, Earth Planets and Space
Reviewer for U.S. National Science Foundation and the peer-review journals Geology; Geophysical Research Letters; Earth and Planetary Science Letters; PNAS; Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems; Journal of Geophysical Research; Quaternary Science Reviews; Global and Planetary Change; Geophysical Journal International; Journal of Applied Physics; Journal of Paleolimnology; Minerals; GeoResJ; Geoarchaeology; Quaternary Geochronology; Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology; Frontiers in Earth Science
Scientific session convener AGU: 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2018
Co-organizer, Magnetic Interactions Conference, Cambridge University, 8-9 January 2014
Co-organizer, University Of Minnesota Quaternary Paleoecology Seminar Series, 2006-2008