M.S., University of New Mexico, Physics, 2005
B.S., Linfield College, Physics, 2002
How did you discover Western?
I was looking for a job upon earning my doctoral degree. Western posted an ad for a Physics Lecturer, and I thought that looked like a great place to work. I was hired and have been here ever since.
What are some of the highlights of your career?
Being able to participate in the Colorado Space Grant Consortium has provided me with an amazing network of colleagues from colleges and universities across the state as well as excellent opportunities to work with students on astronomy and robotics projects.
What most excites you about your field?
There is so much we don’t yet know about the universe. The fact that we’re constantly discovering new things, building new telescopes and space missions, and seeing things for the first time makes the field of astronomy so exciting.
What is your favorite thing about the Gunnison Valley?
It’s hard to pick just one. I love all of the varied opportunities to get out into nature, whether by hiking, biking or skiing. The tightknit community is such a great thing to be a part of. And, of course, the Gunnison Valley Observatory is a wonderful resource and my second home in the summer months.