Originally from the great state of Michigan, I am currently an Assistant Professor at The Pennsylvania State University. Before starting at Penn State, I obtained my PhD from the University of Alberta and spent several years as a postdoc at the Carnegie Institution for Science in the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism.
As an outdoor enthusiast I spend my spare time experimenting with many different activities. Hobbies that have stuck with me so far include fly fishing, water skiing, windsurfing, hiking, and hunting, although rock climbing and biking are new and interesting.
I also enjoy sports in general and am learning to appreciate the similarities between my beloved basketball and the game of soccer.
University of Alberta:
Faculty of Science Dean's Excellence Award, 2015 ($9000)
Mary Louise Imrie Graduate Student Travel Award, 2015 ($1300)
Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, 2014
Evelyn Wigham PhD Scholarship in Geology, 2014 ($1800)
GL Cumming Memorial Graduate Scholarship, 2014 ($2500)
Christopher Scarfe Memorial Graduate Scholarship, 2012 ($1700)
Young Author of the Year Award, Journal of the Geological Society, 2016
Mary-Claire Ward Award for Geoscience Mapping, Geological Association of Canada and PDAC, 2015 ($5000)
Foundation Scholarship, Mineralogical Association of Canada (PhD), 2014 ($5000)
2010 - 2015
University of Alberta
Started MSc in Sept. 2010
Transferred to PhD Jan. 2012
PhD defended with no revisions October 26, 2015
Evening fishing for grayling along the Acasta River, NWT, Canada
2005 - 2009
Bachelor of Science
Geology Major / Biology Minor
Summer hiking in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Otto Vander Velde All-Campus Award, 2009
Presidential Scholarship, 2005-2009 ($14000/yr)
NCAA Division III First Team All-American, Men’s Basketball, 2009
Snorkeling to collect rocks along the shores of Lake Michigan
With collaborator Annie Bauer at the camp in the Acasta Gneiss Complex, called "Acasta City Hall".