Degree pursued, advisor, and areas of interest: M.A., Energy and Earth Resources / M.PAff, Master of Public Affairs
Dr. Suzanne Pierce Energy policy, geothermal energy, negotiation and conflict resolution

Other degrees: B.A., History & Literature of Latin America and North America Harvard University

Title of thesis: Applying econometrics to define dialogue/negotiation terms for energy projects: Valuing geothermalenergy development in the II region of Chile

What sparked your interest in geology, energy, and the environment? Spending my summers growing up with my father doing field work in California on the SanAndreas Fault.

Why did you choose UT for your studies?
I wanted a program that had excellent academic and research opportunities, but also a strongrelationship with industry. The Jackson School has a great balance of world-class geoscienceresearch and opportunities for professional development.
What one research tool could you not live without?
Everything that the UT Library system has to offer

What are your career goals?
To work in Houston/D.C. on renewable energy development and energy policy.

Where are you from?
Born in Santa Barbara, California, raised in Durham, NC.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Cycling and enjoying life and music in Austin.

What is your favorite rock? Granite

What fun activity would you recommend to an incoming UT student? Free swim at Barton Springs on hot summer evenings and joining the UT Cycling club!