Marine shells as archives of environmental change.
Welcome! I am a marine scientist with broad interests in climate change and biomineralization. I study connections between marine shells and ocean changes through time. I am especially interested in environmental impacts on bivalve biomineralization, and how we can use shell archives to tell us about past environmental variability over seasonal to millennial scales.
As a PhD candidate in the Ocean Climate Lab in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department at UC Davis co-advised by Dr. Sandy Carlson and Dr. Tessa Hill, I ask questions about the shell of the culturally and ecologically significant California mussel to evaluate its utility as a paleoceanographic archive. I am supported by the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. I am a Latina scientist committed to anti-racism and DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) in STEM and academia. I am particularly passionate about teaching at the undergraduate level.
Padilla Vriesman is pronounced "Puh-DEE-uh Vrees-min"
Email: vpvriesman (at) ucdavis (dot) edu.
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