My interests

My professional interests center around Earth science and communication. For my MS, I studied volcano geodesy, measuring deformation at volcanoes to infer what’s going on underneath. For my MA, I interviewed people living around an active volcano to learn what keeps them there. In my current job as the Outreach Specialist at UNAVCO, I get to solve communication challenges. How do we communicate to multiple audiences about Earth science? Outside of work, I enjoy reading, writing, photography, hiking, traveling, drinking tea (I do a lot of that at work as well), learning, and general adventuring. I love doing things I’ve never done before.

How I became a scientist

Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, I was surrounded by natural hazards and natural beauty—volcanoes, young mountains, deep gorges, and glacially carved valleys and lakes. I loved being outside and loved learning about the world around me. Though I considered English and environmental studies as other majors in college, geology won me over. I loved the problem solving, working with maps, having a deeper understanding of the landscapes around me, and the adventures and camaraderie that came with being a geologist. I also liked the societal applications of geology, thinking I wanted to study water and / or glacier systems. During my senior year, natural hazards drew me in. I became fascinated with catastrophic events. Thus, I went on to study volcanoes, interested again in the societal applications of the science and in the collaborative and immediate nature of volcanology. I became a science communicator because I wanted to broaden my impact by giving the public a better understanding of the science that they, as taxpayers, fund. I also really, really love the problem solving that goes with trying to figure out how to convey scientific concepts and why they matter.