As a kid in Oregon, I loved wandering around in the woods, seeing what I might find. At Carleton College, I took a geology class just to try it. We went on a field trip to look at rocks in northern Minnesota and I was hooked for good.
Following college, I worked for the U.S. Geological Survey and then completed a master’s degree with Carmala Garzione at University of Rochester studying the climatic and tectonic history of the central Andes. I then taught for a year at the University of Adelaide in South Australia and two years at Norwich University before coming to Yale to pursue further research and teaching by way of a Ph.D.Google Scholar page.