Teaching Professor
Arts & Sciences Residential Academic Programs


AB Smith College, Geology

MS University of Colorado, Geological Sciences

PhD University of Colorado, Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR), Geological Sciences


Teaching Associate Professor, A&S Residential Academic Programs
Core Faculty, Environmental Studies Program

Green Faculty Award 2005, given by the CU Environmental Center in recognition of her commitment toward a sustainable future.  

Boulder Faculty Assembly Award for Excellence in Service, 2010, in recognition of her work with Operations entities and students in advancing sustainability practices at CU Boulder

CU Top Scholars Faculty Recognition for Mentoring, 2018

I have had the opportunity to work in many different facets of Geology over the years, including interpreting subsurface structures from geophysical anomalies, field mapping stratigraphic sequences of our local Cretaceous marine limestone, working in oil and gas exploration, drilling ice cores on the Greenland Ice Sheet, exploring impacts of climate variability on human settlements and human  history in the North Atlantic, and bringing the fascinating world of Earth and Sustainability/Resilience Studies to students at Baker Hall. My interests lie in understanding earth processes that impact humans, also human actions that impact the Earth System, and how human beings embrace behavioral change. I am very interested in moving our campus in the direction of “walking the talk” of Sustainability and Resilience and have been active in creating new courses for all of us to be more prepared to face the challenges of this century. Other interests include understanding learning styles, hiking, yoga, xeriscaping, and parenting my two sons.

Sustainable Solutions Consulting Class Reports: