Becky received a B.S. in Chemistry from Bradley University and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Pennsylvania State University in 2011. At PSU, she worked with the Center for Environmental Kinetics Analysis to use solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy to study the reactivity of clay mineral surfaces.
Becky is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate working with Satish Myneni and Tullis Onstott to investigate the impact of global warming on the carbon cycle of arctic permafrost. She will be using a combination of analytical techniques including X-ray spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and high resolution mass spectrometry to characterize the abundance and composition organic matter and the inorganic geochemistry in the active layer and permafrost.