Currently I live in beautiful Boulder, Colorado, where I will begin a NSF postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Colorado on October 1, 2017. I come to Boulder after receiving a PhD from the University of Victoria in BC, Canada, where I also was a sessional instructor and postdoctoral researcher after completing my degree.
Very brief bio.
I was born on a snowy day in Boulder, Colorado and moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico at a young age. My parents were very connected with the outdoors, and I grew up running around the pinon-juniper woodlands and jumping over yuccas. Being steeped in the outdoors of the southwestern US made me wonder about what the land had been like before my life, and indeed before people evolved.
Drawn to the green and vivacity of Washington state, I moved to Tacoma to attend university. Fortunately , I took an introductory Geology course at the University of Puget Sound and was hooked. The geologically living landscape of the Pacific Northwest was an ideal setting to get some boots on the ground and hammers on some rocks.
I moved to Salt Lake City, Utah for a master's degree, and found a new appreciation for the myriad rocks and landscapes I had discovered as a child.
Back to the cozy confines of the Pacific Northwest, I moved to Victoria, BC to pursue my PhD. Here I strengthened my love of Earth history, but also became enamoured with exoplanetary discovery and the excitement of using the Earth as a model for planets outside our solar system.