I began my college career without a major or much direction in life. After three years of attending college sporadically, I enrolled in a college geology course that set me on a path that I have thoroughly enjoyed ever since. After earning my B.S. in Geology at Weber State University, I moved to the high pine forests of Flagstaff, Arizona to pursue a Master's degree at Northern Arizona University (home of the Fighting Lumberjacks!).
My M.S. research investigated a unique set of extensional structures related to the opening of the Gulf of California during the Miocene (~6-12 Ma). The field research involved about 8 weeks of geologic mapping and structural data collection in the rugged Sierra de la Giganta near Loreto, Baja California Sur, Mexico. After earning my M.S., I worked for two years as a hydrogeologist for a consulting firm in Salt Lake City where I was involved in well siting, groundwater source protection, and water rights disputes. I also taught geology part-time at Salt Lake Community College for a year. From there I taught full-time at a small community college in southeastern California before coming to CSI in the fall of 2004. In April of 2007, I became a licensed professional geologist in the State of Idaho. I occassionally do consulting work on weekends and in the summer. I am also a certified climbing guide with the American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA) and occasionally take clients out for rock climbing adventures.
I am married with an 13-year old daughter, 8-year old son, and a 5-year old son. In my spare time, I like to explore the geology of the western U.S. and abroad. I also enjoy pursuing outdoor activities (rock climbing, hiking, camping, rafting, snowboarding, etc.) with family and friends.