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I am a first-generation college student raised by parents who worked seasonal jobs in the skiing and whitewater rafting industries.  Being raised between Alta, Utah and Polson, Montana (in the winters and summers, respectively) instilled in me a deep respect and curiosity for the natural world. Big mountains and clean rivers.  I feel fortunate to research the Earth system and I will keep learning and enthusiastically teaching for the rest of my life.  

For fun: running, yoga, climbing mountains, whitewater, skiing, kendama and juggling, dancing, reading, watching movies and listening to experimental bass music.


" the process of the centuries the mountain is levelled and the river will change its course...and the configuration of the stars varies. There is change in the firmament. The mountain and the star are individuals and individuals perish."

-Jorge Luis Borges in "La escritura del dios"

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