I am originally from southeastern Pennsylvania and I grew up exploring the forests around the Brandywine Creek, a small tributary of the Delaware River Estuary. I studied environmental sciences and geology at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, where my interest in wetlands was solidified. I went on to complete my Master's degree at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR with Rob Wheatcroft investigating the drivers of Oregon salt marsh growth.
Currently, I am a PhD candidate at OSU studying geomorphology and sediment biogeochemistry in salt marshes. My foremost professional interests include advancing societally-relevant science relating to coastal change and resilience; broadening participation of under-represented groups in STEM; bridging communication gaps between scientists and the public; and improving upon teaching techniques with the goal of inspiring critical inquiry amongst students. Following the completion of my doctorate degree, I intend to seek a career in academia. I'm currently seeking a post-doctoral research position.
When I am not in the field, lab, office, or classroom, I enjoy many outdoor activities, including mountain biking, skiing, and rock climbing, especially if they get me closer to sedimentary rocks and mud. I'm also an avid reader (especially anything fantasy), and I enjoy painting with watercolors. I have recently been learning French and how to sew.
PhD in Ocean, Earth, & Atmospheric Sciences from Oregon State University (intended Spring 2021)
Graduate Minor in Risk & Uncertainty Quantification in Marine Science from Oregon State University (Summer 2020)
Graduate Certificate in College & University Teaching from Oregon State University (Summer 2019)
MS in Ocean, Earth, & Atmospheric Sciences from Oregon State University (Spring 2017)
BA in Environmental Science & Geology from Franklin & Marshall College (Spring 2014)
Fellowships & Grants
National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Fellow in Risk & Uncertainty Quantification in Marine Science at Oregon State University (2019 - 2020); 1-year stipend ($34,000), tuition, & fees
Worked in a transdisciplinary group including Jasmine King (environmental policy scientist), Rosemary Pazdral (hydrologist), and Emerson Webb (statistician), studying the socio-ecogeomorphological connectivity of Oregon estuaries and watersheds and the vulnerability of these systems to climate and land-use change.
The Geological Society of America Award for Geochronology Student Research (AGeS2) (2019 - 2020); $9,447
Worked with Tom Guilderson at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to quantify salt marsh reemergence rates following the 1700 Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake using high sample density radiocarbon dating and Bayesian age-depth modeling.
Oregon Sea Grant Robert E. Malouf Marine Studies Scholarship (2018-2019); $10,800
Developed and implemented a series of hands-on learning activities using Oregon salt marsh sediment cores with tsunami deposits for under-represented K-12 students from Oregon public schools.
Oregon Sea Grant Omnibus Grant (2016 - 2018)
“Competing Effects of Relative Sea-Level Rise and Fluvial Inputs on Blue Carbon Sequestration in Oregon Salt Marshes” (R/HBT-21-Wheatcroft) PIs: Robert A. Wheatcroft, Laura S. Brophy, Erin K. Peck
CEOAS Student Travel Award (2019); $200
Coastal & Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) Student Travel Award (2019); $300
The Coastal Society Second Place Student Poster Award (2019); $100
State of the Coast Runner-Up Student Poster Award (2018)
Oregon Sea Grant Scholars Travel Award (2018); $500
Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Scholar Award (2014 – 2017); $18,000
Murray Levine Memorial Fund for Teaching Assistant Excellence (2016); $500
Phi Beta Kappa Society (2014 - Present)
Franklin & Marshall Environmental Science Award (2014); $500
Lloyd S. Yeakel Memorial Award in Geology for outstanding performance in the field of sedimentology (2013); $500
Ewton, E., S. Klasek, E. Peck, & F. Colwell. (in review). Microbial community characteristics largely unaffected by X-ray computed tomography of sediment cores. Environmental Science & Technology Letters.
Peck, E.K., R.A. Wheatcroft, & L.S. Brophy. (2020). Controls on sediment accretion and blue carbon burial in salt marshes: Insights from the Oregon coast, USA. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, e2019JG005464.
de Wet, C.B., A. Moser, K. Oxman, & E. Peck. (2015). Semi-arid and cyclic carbonates; deposition and diagenesis of the Middle Cambrain Buffalo Springs Formation, Morgantown, Pennsylvania, USA. PA Geology.
CERF 25th Biennial Conference, Mobile, AL (November 2019)
Poster – Time-varying drivers of tidal wetland sediment accumulation over the last century measured using biogeochemical proxies
AGU Fall Meeting, Washington, DC (December 2018)
eLightning Presentation – Controls on sediment accretion and blue carbon burial in salt marshes: Insights from the Oregon coast (Abstract ID: 441159)
State of the Coast, Coos Bay, OR (October 2018)
Poster – Changing sediment and blue carbon accumulation recorded in Oregon salt marshes
AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA (December 2016)
Poster – Influence of sea level rise on tidal wetland sediment and carbon accumulation under differing fluvial sediment supply in the Pacific Northwest (Abstract ID: 180433)
ARCS Annual Luncheon, Portland, OR (October 2016)
Poster – Influence of sea level rise on tidal wetland carbon and sediment accumulation under differing sediment supplies
CERF 23rd Biennial Conference, Portland, OR (November 2015)
Poster – Quantifying sediment and carbon accumulation in Oregon tidal wetlands (Abstract ID: 0480-000886)