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I am interested in the interaction of contaminants, subsurface media, (including soils, sediments, and water), and microbes, as these factors pertain to the mobility of contaminants. Increasing our understanding of the factors governing the mobility and subsequent bioavailability of contaminants in environmental settings is critical in order to contain waste streams and minimize resultant human health impacts.

Ph.D., 2008

CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING

Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Thesis Title: “The Influence of Calcium on the Biogeochemical Fate of Uranium”
Advisor: Scott Fendorf

M.S., 2002

CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING

Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

B.S., 2000

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING

University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO

EXPERIENCE

October 2018 - Present

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Department of Soil, Water, and Climate University of Minnesota, St.Paul, MN

  • Lead scientist roll in MnDRIVE applied, cross-disciplinary project on chromium biogeochemistry in industrial storm water treatment

  • Direct research including grant writing and managing interdisciplinary team, mentor graduate and undergraduate students, teach undergraduate course

January 2018 - September 2018

ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANT

Enviromin Inc., Bozeman, MT

  • Design and oversight of experimental study on carbon and oxygen cycling in coal mine waste rock used to design field-scale wastewater treatment system

2009 - 2012

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH SCIENTIST

Center for Biofilm Engineering Montana State University, Bozeman, MT

  • Directed research, publications, and grant writing in biogeochemistry of soil pollutants, advised and mentored undergraduate and graduate students

2012 - 2015

INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH SCIENTIST

Center for Biofilm Engineering Montana State University, Bozeman, MT

  • Senior scientist role in multi-year cross-disciplinary project on selenium cycling in coal mine waste

2010 - 2018 (Full time 2015 - 2018)

PROFESSIONAL CROSS COUNTRY SKI RACER

Worldwide

  • Competed in domestic and international races ranging in length from 1-70km

  • Canadian Long Distance National Champion 2016

  • Trained and conditioned year round including travel to offseason snow in Europe and New Zealand

  • Planned and executed International travel to competitions and training camps

  • Managed equipment and collaborations with several teams, coaches, and sponsors

GRANTS AND RECOGNITIONS

2019

GRANT AWARDEE

Institute on the Environment Mini-Grant, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

  • Grant Awardee “Fostering academic and industrial collaborative relationships in environmental problem solving”

2009

US DELEGATE

United States – European Commission Task Force on Biotechnology Research, Oklahoma State University, Norman, OK

  • Selected US delegation member and course participant “The Theoretical and Practical Course on Molecular Approaches for in Situ Biodegradation”

  • Selected as one of 12 US delegates to participate in residential, field-research based, program on Biotechnology designed to develop and foster collaboration between future US and European Scientific Leaders

2007, 2008

STUDENT TRAVEL GRANT AWARDEE

Department of Energy – Subsurface Biogeochemical Research Program, Washington, D.C.

  • Selected to travel, participate, and present research at annual program meeting (selection based on Ph.D. research productivity and publication record)

2008

GRADUATE STUDENT AWARD

American Chemical Society – Division of Environmental Chemistry

  • Awarded for outstanding presentation at National American Chemical Society Conference