About Me

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Leading an SCA trail crew in the backcountry of Denali NP, Alaska. Summer, 2010

Academic Biography

University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, July 2010 – May 2016
PhD of Environmental Sciences in Hydrology
Dissertation Title: Influences of climate change on water availability in complex terrain: Understanding earth processes and their relation to social action.
NSF Graduate Research Fellow, Hydrologic Sciences, Earth Sciences Division
Social-Ecological Resilience NSF-IGERT Member, Northern Rockies Team
Major Advisor: Dr. Timothy E. Link
 
Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO, Class of 2009
B.A. in Geology, Magna cum laude, with Distinctions
Outstanding Student Award in Geology, Presidential Award for Community Involvement
Major Advisor: Dr. Christine Smith Siddoway
 
Conserve School, Land o’ Lakes, WI, Class of 2005

Environmentally focused College Preparatory School

Academic Distinctions, Senior Capstone Research: Campus Groundwater Analysis

 

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Our home-built wooden catamaran, Calumet Dreams.

A little about how I got to where I am today…

I grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin in the heart of rural America.  By the start of middle school my parents got the itch to leave our WI home and go for a life-changing family sailing adventure from WI to the Caribbean and back. The sailing trip changed my life and instilled within me a strong sense of self-confidence and a desire to explore the unknown.  I returned from the trip, and after year back in my hometown of Billion, WI, I felt the need to get out again.  I was lucky to find a brand-new environmentally-focused, outdoor-based small boarding school in WI’s Northwoods called Conserve School.  This unique high school experience grew within me a love for the sciences, while also a strong appreciation for the natural world, and our place, as humanity, within it.  I took these passions, and many more related to my love for outdoor adventure, into account as I decided on my next steps for life.  The mountains and deserts of the West called to me and I found myself on a bus and off to Colorado College, ready to start the next chapter and the next adventure in life.  Through the amazing geology programs at Colorado College I grew a love for strong communities filled with big thinkers.  This spurred the desire to pursue a career in academia, and with several summers of research experience and a year of full-on teaching experience as a geology paraprofessional, I found confidence (and the funding) to pursue a PhD focused on these integrated questions at the overlap of society and the natural world.

 

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Lucy and I backpacking the Nepali Coast, Hawaii.

Life’s an adventure, and I have found many ways to pursue the best of them intellectually and viserally through an academic career and outdoor experiences. Though…these adventures would be nothing without someone to share them with, and thankfully, I have found an amazing partner to do just that: Lucy. She is a studio artist who teachs, participates, and inspires at a community level. Through multiple media, Lucy explores the relationship between the natural and built environment, showing how people can make a difference in society and our environment through art: lucyholtsnider.com

 

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Coring into the past on the next “home-built catamaran.” Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Woods Hole, MA. Summer, 2008

 

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