Background Info


My childhood was spent in York, Pa, and I graduated from York Suburban High School in 1992. I went straight to Juniata College the following fall, and spent four years studying both history and geology at Juniata College. While at Juniata, I traveled to many places, and studied abroad in Malta (small Mediterranean Island off the boot of Italy), and Mexico City. After graduating with a B.A., I worked at in Hillman Hall of Minerals at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and spent a summer working in Reston with the USGS. I moved farther west to Tucson, Arizona for my graduate studies. I earned a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, with Joaquin Ruiz as my advisor. I studied the genesis of porphyry copper deposits through using Re-Os isotope system. After completing my degree, I continued working at Arizona on developing techniques for measuring Cu isotopes on a Micromass multicollector ICP.

In the middle of all this education, I married Amy Heptner in the summer of 1999. We are both excited to be in the wonderful state of Pa., and part of the Juniata College community.