I was born and raised in Northfield, Massachusetts, in a rural area of Western Mass. that borders Vermont, New Hampshire and the Connecticut River. Dairy cows, corn fields, fall foliage, and drumlins were staples of the landscape. I went to Pioneer Valley Regional High School, where I played baseball and volleyball and graduated in a class of 60 people from four towns. My early outdoor experiences, which led to my interest in geology, included hiking to glacially carved vistas, exploring old woods roads and stone remnants of pioneer homesites, learning to rock climb, and a memorable winter camping trip to Tuckerman Ravine in the White Mountains. I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology from the University of Massachusetts and did my geology field camp at the Yellowstone Bighorn Research Association (YBRA) field station in Red Lodge, Montana, another memorable experience that I am thankful for.
After college I moved to Seattle, Washington with a friend to explore a new landscape in the Pacific Northwest. While doing some entry-level environmental consulting and staff work at the Pacific Science Center, I was mostly rock climbing, backcountry snowboarding, and mountaineering. In 2006, I moved to Reno on a geochemistry teaching assistant scholarship with the UNR graduate program of hydrologic sciences (GPHS). While working closely with Dr. Gina Tempel at UNR during my Master’s degree and Dr. Joe McConnell at the Desert Research Institute (DRI) during my Ph.D., I developed my research and applied science skills, while having the opportunity to travel, work with international research groups, and conduct field work on the Greenland ice sheet. After many long hours of aqueous chemistry in the DRI ice core lab and plenty of research paper writing, I received my Ph.D. in 2013 and decided to move out of the academia and into something with more local significance.
I started at McGinley and Associates in 2015, where I was able to apply my geology, geochemistry, and scientific background to the expansive world of mining. I find the size and scope and real-world environmental science applications in mining to be particularly engaging. In February 2018, me and my wife Jaclyn had our son, Lucas, who has been an absolute joy and a whole new adventure. Thank you to Kelsey Sherrard, my former ice core lab mate, and the rest of the crew for considering me for faces of GSN, and I look forward to seeing you all at upcoming gatherings.
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