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I am excited to begin my first year as Department Chair at Carolina! The strength of our Department is its people – faculty, post-docs, staff, graduate and undergraduate students all contribute to an intense, but welcoming intellectual environment. I look forward to working with all of the people in the department, as well as our alums around the world, to build a bigger, stronger Department of Geological Sciences.

Students – our Department offers you a gateway to exciting and important careers in the Earth and Environment. Recent Carolina Geological Sciences graduates (B.S. and B.A. students) have gone on to graduate school (Arizona, Cal Tech, Chicago, Kansas, MIT, Princeton, UCLA…) where they are pursuing M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, fully supported by their institutions. Additionally, we have students in the environmental industry in North Carolina and across the country, the energy industry, practicing environmental law and city planning, teaching in primary schools (check out our UNC BEST program) and excelling in academia. I encourage our undergraduate students to get involved in research in the Department, and to explore the opportunities for outreach and friendship through our vibrant Geology Club and Honor Fraternity.

I look forward to working with alums, faculty, staff and students over the next few years. If there is ever anything I can do to help, please do not hesitate to stop by. If the door to my office (rooms 113 or 325, Department of Geological Sciences) is open, I will be happy to spend some time getting to know you.