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Education:B.S. in Physics (Astronomy emphasis) from Valparaiso University, 2000 M.S. in Physics (Astronomy emphasis) from Brigham Young University, 2010
Volcanoes on the Earth are great, but volcanoes on another planet are awesome! I study volcanoes on Io, one of Jupiter’s many moons. Specifically, I study how the movement of sulfur changes the temperatures of the volcanoes and creates deposits seen in spacecraft images of Io’s surface. I want to see if my models of sulfur transport can explain various temperature anomalies found at a large lava lake named Loki Patera and if they can recreate the deposits seen in the images.
I am from a small Hoosier town and proud of it. I have lived in big cities and in small towns — both in the United States and in other countries, but after spending almost four years in the crowded Utah Valley, the small town feel of Laramie and the wide open spaces of Wyoming are a welcomed change of pace. I spent my childhood in Indiana collecting rocks, gazing at the stars, and reading every book about science I could find. I took that love of science to Valparaiso University where I studied physics and astronomy. After graduating, I had the chance to be an instructor at Valparaiso and discovered my love of teaching. I have continued to teach as much as I can while studying stars, rocks, and volcanoes. I am nearing the end of my PhD in Geophysics, but I will continue teaching and learning about science for the rest of my life.