I’m Rebecca Dzombak, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Michigan. After graduating magna cum laude from Michigan with a B.S. in both Earth & Environmental Sciences and Communication Studies, I took a year off to work in the Continental Environments Research Group (CERG) lab there. After careful consideration, I decided to stay on and pursue my PhD in Ann Arbor – forever Go Blue!
My research interests revolve around using low-temperature geochemical tools to investigate terrestrial systems, both past and present, and how they have co-evolved with life and the atmosphere. Broadly, I am interested in what environmental and climatic factors control nutrient cycling in soils, and how these systems have changed over time. I am also concerned with spatial heterogeneity in terrestrial systems and how this may impact interpretations of the rock record, as well as how reflective regional records are of global climate.
Outside of lab, I enjoy trail running, making and consuming vegan baked goods, building things, napping with my cats, and reading (for fun!).