Assistant Research Professor / Department of Geological Sciences

Assistant Director / X-ray Microanalysis (MizzoµX) Lab





Ediacaran Taxonomy, Taphonomic Pathways, Decay Experimentation

My broad research interests are connected by using modern microscopic techniques to answer ancient questions about the origins of macroscopic life on Earth. Through this work, I explore how late Ediacaran (~550 million-year-old) organisms became incorporated into the fossil record and how their preservation influences paleontologists’ ability to interpret their original biology. On the other end of the temporal spectrum, I use modern organisms to confirm how biological tissues react under ancient ocean conditions to replicate and confirm these ideas.

MizzoµX Lab

X-ray Computed Tomography (µCT) and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)

I am the Assistant Director of the X-ray Microanalysis Laboratory, or MizzoµX, which is a College of Arts & Science service facility housed in the Department of Geological Sciences. We offer full services in X-ray tomographic microscopy and scanning electron microscopy, including working with you on sample preparation, processing, and data analysis. Additionally, we offer free consultations and CT workshops. Please visit our website or contact me for more information. 

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