Tell us about your work/research. What kinds of things do you do?
My research focuses on using noble gas geochemistry and geochronology to address a variety of questions involving the dynamics of Earth’s deep interior, supernova events, volcanology and calibrating time-scales of Earth’s history. I am truly passionate about determining when something occurred in the distant past to link seemingly disparate events into larger Earth processes. Most of my research focuses on samples collected from the deep ocean basins. I have experience collecting these samples using a variety of ship-based methods such as dredging (expedition RR1310), deep drilling (IODP 350) and now remote submersible (NA110).
What sparked your initial interest in your career?
I grew up in New York City, which may seem like an unlikely environment to develop a passion for geology. However, I was fortunate enough to have the Museum of Natural History in my life. I would often visit the museum and admire the vast collection of natural specimens on display. Upon entering graduate school in Oregon, I had opportunities to sail on scientific cruises. During my first cruise, I was able to see the nights sky as my ancestors once had and was astonished. Since that cruise, I have been addicted to life at sea.
Who influenced you or encouraged you the most?
My mother was the first to take me to numerous museums growing up. Her work ethic has continued to influence me to this day. My wife has been the primary influence on my life and work. Each day is a quest to live up to her abilities and accomplishments.
What element of your work/study do you think is the most fascinating?
The global effort of scientific research. It is amazing that humans from all regions of the Earth can work together and share research to further the collective knowledge.
What other jobs led you to your current career?
I have always been in love with science.
What are your degrees and certifications?
Bachelors of Science (Geology) from Queen’s College, CUNY.
Masters of Science (Geology) from Oregon State University.
Doctorate of Philosophy (Geology) from Oregon State University.
What are your hobbies?
I love exercising, particularly weightlifting and jogging. I’m into gardening and bread baking. I'm constantly searching for new restaurants and food.
How did you get involved with the Nautilus Exploration Program?
I was fortunate enough to be involved with individuals who have sailed previously. The 2019 expedition schedule was sent to me and I asked if they required a geochronologist on this expedition.
What advice would you give someone who wants to have a career like yours?
Have a skill outside of the main field of study. For example, if you’re interested in geology also become proficient at programming, chemistry, physics, writing and/or mathematics. Constantly network, although science may seem like a field filled with introverts it requires developing significant professional relationships to survive. Most of all - never give up.