I grew up in a working-class neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. Since I came from such an unnatural place, I didn’t develop an interest in the Earth Sciences until later in life.

I eventually moved to Indiana and went to Indiana University for a B.S. in Geoscience. These days, I try to maintain a few hobbies outside of work:



I started hiking to get better at field geology – I liked it more than I expected.

Prior to grad school, I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail:

108 Days, 2192 Miles, May-August 2015

Ice Cream

Lately I’ve been making lots of ice cream, trying out new flavors, and refining my skills. The hiking helps to burn some of it off thankfully.


I have written a couple thousand pages of short fiction (mostly short stories and novellas).

Anton Chekhov is my favorite author.


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