School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences
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Physical Sci Res Scientist
BioI manage the Stanford Mineral and Microchemical Analysis Facility. My primary responsibilities include developing and testing procedures for measuring major and trace element concentrations in a variety of solid materials, working with Stanford researchers (and external users) to design experiments and collect, interpret, and publish data, and overseeing the long-term development and trajectory of the Mineral and Microchemical Analysis Facility both within the Stanford School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences and in the greater Stanford community.
Affiliate, School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences
BioI completed my Ph.D. with Dr. Stephan Graham in Geological & Environmental Sciences in 2020. While at Stanford, I worked with the U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory, the New Zealand Institute for Geological and Nuclear Sciences (GNS Science), and the SETI Institute and NASA Astrobiology Institute. I spent time in internships with a Fortune 500 E&P company, a California-based E&P firm, and Stanford Graduate School of Business. My research interests span organic and inorganic geochemistry, gas hydrates, sedimentary systems, and terrestrial analogues for the conditions found on Mars. My research has been published in Science Advances, Geophysical Research Letters, Energy & Fuels, International Journal of Earth Sciences, and Energies, and has been featured by ABC, CNN, MSN, Daily Mail, Yahoo, Popular Science, Live Science, New Scientist, Space, Universe Today, Austria Presse Agentur, Europa Press, Prensa Latina, Navbharat Times, India.com, MarthaStewart.com, and over 100 others. I've written for The Professional Geologist and UN Office for Outer Space Affairs, and have been invited to speak for TEDx, Vail Global Energy Forum, U.S. Department of State, Cleantech Open at PG&E Energy Center, University of Houston (HOGS), AGU, GSA, LPSC, Sigma Xi, and others. I also volunteer my time as a member of the board of directors (and the board of publications) of the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society, and as an advisory board member to the Society for Space Education, Research, and Development, a STEM NGO based in India.
Outside of research, I work to disrupt the stigma surrounding mental illness through The Manic Monologues, a play I co-created that showcases diverse true stories of mental health and illness. The play premiered at Stanford in May 2019 to standing ovations each night before being performed live to sold-out audiences in Des Moines, Iowa in Nov. 2019 and in Los Angeles (UCLA) in Feb. 2020. The play has been adapted for the virtual realm both as a film developed with a 50-hospital healthcare system (and screened for California Hospital Association, Stanford Medicine, AdventHealth, NAMI SF, and others) and as virtual productions and performances by McCarter Theatre Center (in partnership with Princeton University, The 24 Hour Plays, One Mind, and others), Prince George's Community College in Maryland, Virtual Theater Lab in Arizona, and others. The Manic Monologues was selected as an official Nominee for the 2021 Drama League Awards (the oldest theatrical honors in America) and has been featured by The Washington Post, NPR, NY1, The New York Times, Fast Company, Broadway World, Psychology Today, Modern Healthcare, and many more. Additionally, I spend time as board member to the Coalition for Action for Preventive Mental Health in Kenya, Columbia-WHO Center for Global Mental Health, and Generation Mental Health Association, and in the past served on the advisory council of actress Glenn Close’s mental health nonprofit Bring Change to Mind. My writing related to mental health has been published by Devex, International Bipolar Foundation, and United for Global Mental Health, and I've been invited to speak for TEDx, California Hospital Association, Stanford School of Medicine, UCLA, UCSF, SFSU, and many others.
I also founded and led the Stanford Earth Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series, founded Stanford's Energy Policy Community, and founded and ran Vines & Strata (the Stanford wine and geology society), hosting over 35 events for 1000+ members of the community. In the past, I dabbled in "science poetry," which was featured in The Wall Street Journal.