Danie is a biogeochemist focused on scientific road-mapping and field building of Spark’s Natural System Response program. She received her PhD in Earth Sciences from the University of Southern California and conducted postdoctoral work at Caltech. Her past research includes trace metal and cofactor cycling in natural systems, as well as the role these trace nutrients played in Earth’s critical biological innovations. She has extensive experience in field sampling and method develop. In addition to her academic training, she also has 6+ years of experience in environmental and climate policy consulting at the local, state, and Federal levels. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, running, and exploring the Chesapeake Bay with her family.