At a young age I discovered the outdoors and have never gotten over the excitement of setting off into the wild. Being in the outdoors taught me to rely on my own judgment and where I started to learn things by using all of my senses. It was in the outdoors that I found my passion for geology, the science of Earth’s systems. The outdoors has ever since been my place of devotion, my sanctuary and more recently my laboratory. I obtained a B.S. and B.A. in Geology and Environmental Studies from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota where I researched lakes and their role in the problem of climate change. I then jumped to the big pond for my master’s work at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Vancouver, Canada, studying the role of the ocean in mitigating climate change. My sense of wonder continues after obtaining my PhD in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at SFU exploring lakes in Canada’s National Park system and their climate change mitigating potential.
When not managing the Climate Oceans and Paleoenvironments (COPE) Lab, I enjoy teaching, playing pond hockey, hiking, hunting, and an ice cold homebrew.