I grew up in Humboldt County, California, a beautiful rural area of northern California in heart of the redwoods. After high school, I spent a year as a Rotary exchange student in Grenoble, France, a beautiful town in the middle of the French Alps. I returned to the U.S. to attend Caltech (the California Institute of Technology) in Pasadena, California, where I obtained a degree in planetary science. I next found myself in London, England, first as an exchange student and then again for six months after graduation. After a brief stint in Washington, D.C. exploring the world of science policy, I headed to Cambridge, Massachusetts to complete my PhD in atmospheric chemistry at Harvard University.
I now live in the beautiful beachside suburb of North Wollongong, Australia (80 km south of Sydney). Since October 2015, I have been a lecturer/senior lecturer/associate professor in the Schools of Earth, Atmospheric, and Life Sciences (formerly School of Earth & Environmental Sciences) at the University of Wollongong. From October 2012-2015, I was a postdoc in the School of Chemistry at UOW. Outside of work, I am most likely to be found training for triathlons, scuba diving, hiking, exploring Australia, and discovering new places.