I am a geological data scientist and educator at Stanford University with a love for sharing the process of discovery. I use the tools of machine learning, Bayesian statistics, and physics-based models to investigate the creation and transformation of planetary surfaces. I created and produce the award-winning Generation Anthropocene podcast and draw cartoons to help explain complex science. I research landscape evolution on Earth’s seafloor, on Mars, and on Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. You can come see me speak (please do) about Earth and natural sciences at universities, institutes, and organizations across the country. Through project-based courses that I have designed, taught, and contributed to, I help students uncover the myriad hidden ways they connect to the natural world. I agree with Adam Savage that science, and the natural sciences in particular, are a deeply creative vocation.
In addition to my scientific interests, I dabble in sleight-of-hand card magic, draw portraits, and will defend my love of the White Stripes with Viking-like zeal.