Curriculum Vitae

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University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, Colorado

Ph.D., May 2018

Supervisor: Dr. Brian Hynek

Committee: Dr. Alexis Templeton, Dr. Steve Mojzsis, Dr. Tom McCollom, and Dr. Raina Gough

Areas of interest: Planetary geology, volcanology, geochemistry, field geology and terrestrial analog studies, astrobiology

State University of New York at Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh, New York

Fall 2007 – Summer 2008

Program: Master of Science in Teaching* (Adolescent Education Grades 7-12, Earth Science)

* MST requirements completed, student teaching (certification requirement) incomplete due to employment at Skidmore College beginning September 2008

State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York

Department of Geology; Master of Science; September 2006

Supervisor: Dr. Tracy Gregg

Committee: Dr. Marcus Bursik, and Dr. Michael Sheridan

Areas of interest: Planetary geology and volcanology

State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York

Department of Geology; Bachelor of Arts; May 2004

Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, University at Buffalo Honors Scholar


United States Geological Survey Astrogeology Science Center Flagstaff, Arizona

Research Physical Scientist; Tanaka-Greeley Fellow, June 2020 – present

Planetary Science Institute Tucson, Arizona

Associate Research Scientist, November 2019 – June 2020

Esri Broomfield, Colorado

Solutions Engineer, Imagery and Remote Sensing Team, March 2019 – January 2020

Harris Geospatial Solutions Broomfield, Colorado

Software/Solutions Engineer and Image Scientist, July 2018 – March 2019

University of Colorado at Boulder Boulder, Colorado 80309

Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics

Graduate Researcher, June 2014 – present

Geology Department

Graduate Teaching Assistant, August 2013 – June 2014

Courses taught: Geology 1030 Lab: Introduction to Physical Geology; Planetary Field Techniques

Introductory TA Coordinator, Spring 2014

Undergraduate Geology Tutor, Fall 2013

Graduate Teacher Program

Assistant Graduate Researcher for the Teaching Institute for Graduate Education and Research (TIGER) and Center for Integrated Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) Liaison, Spring 2014

Front Range Community College Westminster and Brighton, Colorado

Adjunct Instructor, August 2014 – May 2015;

Courses taught: Introduction to Physical Geology

Skidmore College Department of Geoscience Saratoga Springs, New York 12866

Senior Teaching Associate (full time faculty position), September 2008 – August 2013

Courses Taught: GE 101 Lecture/Lab: Earth Systems Science; GE 102 Lab: The History of Earth, Life, and Global Change; GE 112 Lab: Oceanography; GE 251: Special Topics in Geoscience: Volcanology (independent study); GE 371: Independent Study

Alpha Geoscience Clifton Park, New York 12065

Geologist/Hydrogeologist, September 2007 – December 2007 (temporary, part-time)

Malin Space Science Systems San Diego, California 92191-0148

Assistant Staff Scientist, July 2006 – June 2007

Performed weekly targeting of the Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Context Camera. Created maps and other materials for use in present and future missions. Participated in and conducted ongoing research, and assisted other science team members with projects.

University at Buffalo Department of Geology Buffalo, New York

Graduate Teaching Assistant, August 2004 – June 2006;

Courses taught: Geology 101 Lab: Global Environmental Science, Geology 313 Lab: Surface Processes and Hydrology II


See my publications page for an up to date list.  Full text and associated posters/talks are available on my ResearchGate page.


USGS STAR Award: Production of interactive map of Jezero crater and Nili Planum, Mars

Tanaka-Greeley Fellowship, USGS Astrogeology Science Center (June 2020)

Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research in Astrobiology ($5,000; Summer 2016)

Geological Society of America Graduate Research Grant ($1,875; Spring 2016)

NASA Astrobiology Institute and SETI Institute Lunar and Planetary Science Conference Travel Grant ($600; Spring 2016)

University of Colorado Boulder Graduate School Travel Grant ($300; Fall 2015)

University of Colorado Boulder Geology Department Graduate Research Shell Grant ($2,000; Summer 2015)

University of Colorado Boulder Geology Department Travel Grant ($750; Spring 2015)


Computer programs:

Esri ArcGIS suite




Canopy (Python scripting environment)

Geochemist’s Workbench (Geochemical modeling)

Visual MINTEQ (Geochemical modeling)

X-Powder (X-Ray diffraction data processing)

LabSpec6 (Raman data processing)

KnowItAll (Raman data processing)

Programming languages:




TerraSpec 4 High Resolution, and TerraSpec Halo Gun Portable Visible Near Infrared (VNIR) Spectrometers

Horiba LabRAM HR Evolution Raman Microscope-Spectrometer

Terra Portable X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) Analyzer

JEOL JXA-8230 Superprobe (Electron microprobe)





Electron Microprobe


Conversational Spanish