Welcome to my website! I am a Lecturer and researcher at the University of Florida, Gainesville. My primary research area is Geoscience Education, specifically academic and social engagement in geoscience field learning and the barriers to participation for underserved groups in STEM. Most of this research centers around improving inclusion and career pathways in the geosciences for people with disabilities. My secondary research area is volcanology, where I utilizes near-surface geophysics to examine tephra deposits and sub-surface features of small-volume volcanic eruptions.
As a geologist with a physical disability and a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, making the geosciences a more diverse and inclusive discipline is both my research focus and personal passion. As the Executive Director of the non-profit International Association for Geoscience Diversity (theIAGD.org), I coordinate the day-to-day operations of the organization, design and execute accessible & inclusive field trips, and serves as a mentor and advocate for geoscience students, faculty and professionals with disabilities.
Check out the LIFT kit – the Library of Inclusive Field Technology – for resources to enable more inclusive field experiences for students with disabilities.
Click here if you are looking for information on the GeoSPACE Accessible Planetary Geology Field Course, launching in Summer 2022.