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Working in the summit crater of Poás Volcano, Costa Rica

Working in the summit crater of Poás Volcano, Costa Rica

I am a Research Physical Scientist at the USGS Astrogeology Science Center, and part of the Planetary Geologic Mapping group. I completed my Ph.D. in Geology in May 2018 at the University of Colorado Boulder.  For my dissertation research, I studied terrestrial hydrothermal sites in Costa Rica and Iceland as analogs for early Mars.  Besides terrestrial analogs and geologic mapping, I am also interested in physical volcanology, computer modeling of geologic processes, remote sensing and GIS, and astrobiology.  I have several years of teaching experience at the college level, and love working with students and seeing them grow as scientists – as future geologists, or simply informed members of society.

Outside of work, I am an endurance athlete, and can most often be found enjoying the amazing trails and views that the west has to offer.

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