Ayla joined the Geological Sciences department as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2019. In 2006, she received her B.S. in Geophysical Sciences and a minor in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. She then spent a year in Turkey as a Fulbright Scholar studying geoarchaeology and then as a research assistant continuing her undergraduate research on supereruptions at the University of Chicago. From 2008-2014, she attended graduate school in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Vanderbilt University, where she studied the evolution and eruption of supereruptive magmas. She was awarded her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in 2010 and 2014, respectively. She then held several postdoc positions, expanding her research into new areas as a postdoctoral scholar at Brown University, studying magmas using high-temperature and high-pressure experiments, as a Harry Hess Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University, studying links between extrusive and intrusive magmas using zircon geochronology, and as a postdoctoral investigator at the Woods Hole Oceanograhic Institution, studying ascent rates of Antarctic basanites using diffusive water loss from olivine-hosted melt inclusions.