PhD – University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 1991. Geophysics.

Dissertation: Indications of the Mineralogy of Callisto and Mars from Reflectance Spectroscopy.

BS – University of Denver, Denver, CO, 1983. (cum laude, φβκ)

Physics and Mathematics Majors, Geology Minor.


University of Nevada – Reno

Department Geological Sciences & Engineering
          Department Chair           7/2015 – 6/2022
          Professor                            7/2009 – present
          Associate Professor          7/2007 – 7/2009
          Research Associate Professor  1/2000-6/2007

Director, Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy            5/2010 to 4/2016

Prior to UNR

Research Geophysicist    
U.S. Geological Survey – Astrogeology Team, Flagstaff, AZ (7/1992 – 11/1999)

Alexander Von Humboldt Research Fellow
Institute für Planetologie, Universität Münster, Münster, Germany (1991 to 1992)

Graduate Research Assistant
U.S. Geological Survey – Branch of Geophysics, Golden, CO (1988 to 1991)
Center for the Study of Earth from Space, University of Colorado, Boulder (1987)
Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado, (1986)

Design Engineer
Ball Aerospace Systems Division, Electro-Optical Branch, Boulder, CO. (‘83-‘85)