M.E. Adult and Higher Education. 2007. Montana State University.
B.A. Geology. 1999. DePauw University.
Research & Outreach Interests
My professional interest is in relaying technical scientific information in a manner that enables non-science audiences to gain sound, science-based knowledge, as well as appreciate and see value in projects that enhance and protect the natural resources of the Northern Rockies. I have worked with NOROCK since 2008 and my primary duties include outreach and communication of Center science activities, website management and development, technical editing, field work related to soil and water resource sciences, and serve as the Public Information Officer (PIO) for the Center.
I began my career serving three seasons with the National Park Service as an interpretive ranger in Grand Teton National Park, followed by two years as a chemist with the Montana Department of Agriculture and seven years with Montana State University as a research associate. While at Montana State I implimented on-the-ground water quality monitoring projects including the study of saline-sodic water management, agricultural pharmaceutical residue in surface water, and stream and spring water quality monitoring. I also designed natural resource science education materials for diverse audiences such as educators, tribal entities, and agricultural communities. I continue to work with the univiersity delivering online water quality and soil science graduate courses for teachers and professional practitioners through the MSU Masters of Science in Science Education program.