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I am a Ph.D. Student at Michigan Tech studying Geophysics. My current work is focused on interpreting seismic signals generated by volcanic activity at Fuego Volcano. I am working with Dr. Greg Waite to better understand this activity through the use of finite-difference modeling.

My interests include:
  • Using seismology to understand subsurface processes.
  • Using geophysics to locate and characterize natural resources in different environments.
  • Natural geologic hazards (especially volcanoes and earthquakes) and translating hazard research into tangible benefits for the communities which are threatened by them.
  • Using participatory education and active learning techniques to better communicate science to students and the general public. 
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I completed my B.A. in 2006 at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL where I majored in Geology and Spanish and minored in Latin American Studies. 

In January of 2007, I came to Michigan Tech for the Master's International Program in the Mitigation of Natural Geologic Hazards. I compleated my Peace Corps service in April of 2010 and defended my thesis, Characterization of harmonic tremor at Santiaguito volcano and its implications for eruption mechanisms in August of 2011. 

I served in Guatemala where I was an Environmental Education Volunteer in the Environmental Conservation and Income Generation Program of Peace Corps Guatemala.


AGU Fall Meeting 2013 Talk:

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AGU Fall Meeting 2012 Poster:

February 2012 Meeting of Sociedad Geológico de Guatemala: