Boston College (Geology)
Syracuse University (Master's)
I was born to be a geologist. As a kid I was fascinated by natural disasters. When it came time to pick a major geology was the natural choice. After earning a BS in geology at Boston College and an MS in geology at Syracuse University, I have been a professional geologist for over 20 years. At BC I did a senior thesis in the neutron activation analytical laboratory. While a graduate student at Syracuse I also attended the University of Kansas Field Geology School and was both a teaching assistant (Earth science, physical geology, historical geology, environmental geology, and planetary geology) and a research assistant in a clean lab where I operated a mass spectrometer to quantify uranium and lead isotopes in zircons.
My first job after graduate school was as an environmental geophysicist with projects throughout the eastern half of the United States that employed seismic refraction, ground penetrating radar, ground conductivity (EM-31, EM-34, EM-61), magnetometer, electrical resistivity, and gravity instrumentation and methodology. Since moving to Portland to live on an active plate margin I have been employed as an environmental geologist conducting site investigations throughout the Pacific Northwest. In addition I have served as a geology instructor at Portland Community College for classes in general geology, the geology of the Pacific Northwest, Volcanoes and their Activity, and Earthquakes. During this time I also participated in a Volcano Monitoring course at the University of Hawaii in Hilo's Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes at Kilauea and served as a faculty assistant for a field course in petroleum basin analysis in the Bighorn Basin of Wyoming through the Geological Society of America and ExxonMobil.
I am able to reduce seemingly complex geological phenomena into simple processes that are easy to understand on any level. Geology is all around us, if you take the time to observe what is happening, the whole Earth comes into better focus.
I look forward to talking about the Earth with you, our planet is pretty amazing and the processes that continue to shape it are not difficult to understand when presented in a concise and coherent manner. I was born to be a geologist. As a kid I was fascinated by natural disasters. When it came time to pick a major geology was the natural choice. After earning a BS in geology at Boston College and an MS in geology at Syracuse University, I have been a professional geologist for over 20 years. At BC I did a senior thesis in the neutron activation
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I am a professional geologist with over 10 years' experience teaching college level geology classes.