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
Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Studies Award ($42,600), 2018
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

Secretary: American Geophysical Union, Geomagnetism, Paleomagnetism, and Electromagnetism Section, 2019-2021
Member: American Geophysical Union, Geological Society of America, Mineralogical Society of America, Geological Society of Washington
Guest Editor: Earth, Planets and Space, Recent advances in geo-, paleo- and rock- and magnetism
Reviewer: 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, 2019
Organizer: Magnetic Interactions Conference, Cambridge University, 8-9 January 2014
Co-organizer: University Of Minnesota Quaternary Paleoecology Seminar Series, 2006-2008