Assistant Professor of Geology and Earth Sciences
• Ph.D. Geology, Stanford University
• B.S. Geochemistry, California Institute of Technology
Born and raised in Anchorage, I grew up exploring the Chugach Mountains as my backyard. This, combined with an innate love for science, sparked my lifelong passion for geology.
Over the course of my education, I have been fortunate to engage in numerous “active learning” experiences of my own – from viewing the hot-spot volcanism in Iceland and Hawaii, to the earth-shaking plate-margin tectonics of California and New Zealand. I’ve marveled at the actively deforming Himalayan peaks, and appreciated the longevity of ancient, rounded mountain belts such as the Scottish Highlands and European Alps.
Now that I have returned to Alaska, I strive to instill this enthusiasm in potential earth science students at APU. For most geologists, this excitement comes in the field, where the governing principles of physics and chemistry are stunningly on display in nature. As such, I am a strong proponent of field-based learning, and typically work a field component into any class that I teach.