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.
I earned my PhD in 2022 from the Ocean Climate Lab in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department at UC Davis. I studied the shell of the culturally and ecologically significant California mussel to evaluate its utility as a paleoceanographic archive with the support of 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, and I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geosciences at Oberlin College.
Padilla Vriesman is pronounced "Puh-DEE-uh Vrees-min"
Email: vvriesma (at) oberlin (dot) edu.