Young Professionals Bio
Young Professionals Committee, Past-Chair
I had a rock collection at the age of 5 (and can now identify my favorite rock from that collection--it was a piece of potassium feldspar chipped off of a large granite boulder). At Indiana University, I took a rather circuitous route through several majors -- art, biology, physical therapy, and archaeology—before finally taking the one geology class that completely decided my future career.
While earning my Master of Science in geology at Northern Arizona University, I worked for the Water Resource Division of the U.S. Geological Survey in Flagstaff, focusing my efforts on surface and subsurface water quality at several sites throughout Arizona and Utah. During this time, I became interested in GIS and took enough classes to qualify for a second Masters in Applied GIS.
I am currently a senior geologist with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation out of Denver, CO. I joined Anadarko in 2004 and have worked several areas within the Rocky Mountains. I enjoy geostatistics (good solid fun!), reservoir modeling and sequence stratigraphy. I am currently working exploration in the Rocky Mountains.
There have been many, many people along my career who have inspired and motivated me to do my absolute best. As part of my attempt to “pay it forward”, I have participated in several educational outreach programs (starting as a guest lecturer for my mom’s second grade class). I am also involved with several committees: AAPG Young Professionals committee, AAPG Reservoir Development committee, and the PROWESS committee.
In my spare time, I enjoy traveling the world, hiking, photography, gardening, and rock climbing.