Speaking & Outreach

The drive to explore the space around us and to try to understand it is one of the most beautiful and fundamental in human nature. I am thrilled to have the privilege to help operate the Mars rovers, to explore terrains that no humans have ever seen, and then to begin to understand a little bit more about how our planet and solar system formed and evolved to become the places they are today.

I love getting the opportunity to share this work, and especially the images and stories captured by our rovers on Mars, with students and anyone interested in exploration. Please contact me at [email protected] if you and your group are interested having me speak!

The Story of Gale Crater on Mars from the NASA Mars Curiosity Rover

Recent Keynote Talks

4/11/2019 West Texas Geological Foundation Annual Luncheon
3/21/2019 Dinner Keynote at Rice IRESS Symposium
3/2/2019 Rice Visual Communication Symposium
11/13/2018 miniGeology Radio Show
10/23/2018 American Chemical Society Program in a Box "Voyage to Mars: Red Planet Chemistry"
10/22/2018 Society of Rice University Women
10/2/2018 Rice Science Cafe
9/20/2018 Four Corners Geological Society
9/6/2018 Lunar and Planetary Institute Cosmic Explorations Series
8/6/2018 New Orleans Geological Society
7/25/2018 URTeC Conference, Houston Convention Center
6/26/2018 iPoLS Annual Meeting 2018
5/24/2018 Southwest Research Institute San Antonio, TX
5/19/2018 TEF Istanbul STEM Conference
4/21/2018 Sally Ride Rice STEM Festival for Middle School Girls
4/12/2018 Brown University Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Science
3/5/2018 Houston Geological Society
2/14/2018 NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) Group at NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX


SBU Postdoc Spotlight 2017

Houston Geological Society

Additional Talks

10/29/2018 Guest Speaker on "The Space Show"
12/9/2017 Mission to Mars STEM Workshop for K-12 teachers, Rice University, Houston, TX
12/6/2017 The Greens at Half Hollow, Melville, NY
11/30/2017 Gulf Coast Exploreum Museum, Mobile, AL
11/16/2017 Postdoc Research Spotlight Event, Stony Brook, NY
11/9/2017 Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center, Dubai, UAE
11/8/2017 GEMS Modern School, Dubai, UAE
11/5/2017 Amateur Observers’ Society of NY
10/27/2017 Geology Open Night at Stony Brook University
7/5/2017 Astronomical Society of Long Island
5/11/2017 Caltech Geology Division 90th Anniversary Event
3/13/2017 Guest Lecturer for NASA Endeavor Exploring Mars Class
7/26/2016 Student Airborne Research Program NASA Internship, Irvine, CA, “Mars Exploration”
4/15/2016 3 Minute Thesis Competition Finalist, Caltech, Pasadena, CA " Decoding the Rock Record: Revealing Ancient Environments on Mars"
3/13/2016 LA Valley College Astronomy Club, Valley Glen, CA "Exploring Mars with the Curiosity Rover"
3/10/2016 Guest Lecture in Online NASA K-12 teacher training course, “Exploring Mars: A New Twist on Science (or Math)”
3/3/2016 Keynote Speaker at Global Education Supplies & Solutions (GESS) Conference in Dubai, UAE
3/2/2016 GEMs Wellington International School, Dubai, UAE, "Exploring Mars with the Curiosity Rover"
3/1/2016 Keynote Talk at LEGO Education VIP Evening associated with GESS Conference in Dubai, UAE, "The Process of Discovery, on Mars and in the Classroom"
1/25/2016 Rancho Santa Gertrudes Elementary School Assembly, Whittier, CA “Road Trips on Mars”
1/10/2016 Science Sunday Public Lecture at Caltech, Pasadena, CA, “Road Trips on Mars”
9/16/2015 Keynote for LEGO Education Conference, Singapore, Singapore, “Exploring Mars and the Process of Discovery”
9/14/2015 Rectors Tea at Yale-NUS, Singapore, Singapore, “Mars Exploration”
2/13/2015 Reel Friday Public Lecture at Caltech, Pasadena, CA, “Ultimate Mars Challenge”
11/7/2014 Siemens Science Competition Regional Finals, Pasadena, CA, “Mars Exploration”
10/25/2014 Washington University in St. Louis Alumni Events, Pasadena, CA, “Exploring Mars with the Curiosity Rover” panel member
2/21/2014 Reel Friday Public Lecture at Caltech, Pasadena, CA, “Trial by Fire: How Collisions and Catastrophes enabled Life on Earth”
1/11/2013 Reel Friday Public Lecture at Caltech, Pasadena, CA, “Rock my World: The Power of Volcanoes”
Various Over 40 additional outreach talks to public and school groups reaching over 1500 people

Teaching Experience

Developed and Taught Planetary Surface Processes Rice University SP 2019
Instructor of Record for NASA Endeavor Program "Exploring Mars" class, Spring 2018
Instructor of Record for NASA Endeavor Program "Eyes on Earth" class, Summer 2017
Geology instructor for a 2-week American Frontier History Field Trip in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, and South Dakota with a group of home-schooled students through Schooling for Life.
Developed and taught an 8-week after-school class, “Martian Explorations”, for gifted elementary school students through the Institute for Educational Advancement in Pasadena, CA in Spring 2014, Fall 2014, and Winter 2015.
Field and Teaching Assistant Ireland Geological Field Course, James Madison University, 2 weeks, Summer 2015
Teaching Assistant Remote Sensing, Caltech Graduate Course, Spring 2013 and Spring 2015
Teaching and Lab Assistant Intro to Geology, Caltech Undergraduate Course, Fall 2014
Teaching and Lab Assistant Land Dynamics, Washington University in St. Louis, Spring 2008, Spring 2009, and Spring 2010

Additional outreach experience

Volunteer expert at 8 NASA booth events
Invited Lectures for NASA Student Airborne Research Program Summer Interns 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Developed and ran a one-day seminar for gifted elementary students on William Smith and Geologic Mapping at the Huntington Gardens in Pasadena, November 2014
Judge for American Geophysical Institute Award at Intel International Science Fair, 2014
Expert Reader for National Geographic Kids book, “Mars”, Fall 2014
Organized and staffed Caltech “Exploration Station” booth at the 2013 AGU conference meeting
High School Teacher Training Talk on Applications of Spectroscopy, DNP Conference 2012
Caltech Classroom Connection Volunteer (2011-12); aid with school farm soil testing
Invited Lecture at Central Methodist University Math and Science Competition, 2008