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 over the past ~12,000 years. I am especially interested in environmental impacts on bivalve biomineralization, and how we can use shell archives to tell us about past environmental variability. Shell records are particularly valuable because of the length and resolution of the records; accretionary calcium carbonate skeletons allow us to investigate changes at seasonal scales over thousands of years.
I'm 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. For my dissertation work, 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'm also 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"
Get in touch!
Email me at vpvriesman (at) ucdavis (dot) edu, or use the form on the Contact tab.
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