I am originally from western Washington and studied Geology and Physics at Whitman College for my undergraduate degree. Originally a math-physics major, I stumbled onto geology while working as a raft guide in Alaska during the summer after my freshman year and immediately switched my major. After finishing my undergraduate degree in Walla Walla, WA, I moved to Tucson, AZ where I pursued my doctorate degree from the University of Arizona. My PhD work focused on studying flat-slab subduction systems in north and south America and involved field work in the western US, Argentina, and Peru. Following my PhD, I moved to Washington D.C. where I was a post-doctoral fellow at the Carnegie Institution for Science. After my post-doc I started at Northern Arizona University and have been in Flagstaff since.
I love any excuse to get outside and in addition to geology and geophysics, I also enjoy trail running, mountain biking, soccer, traveling, river rafting, skiing, and hiking in my free time.