Every rock, mineral, or fossil I have collected has allowed me to spend quality time with friends and family in some of the most beautiful country that Wyoming has to offer. That is what I treasure the most.
I knew I wanted to be a geologist in 6th grade when I was already enamored with rocks and fossils. Lucky for me, the high school that I attended in the north suburbs of Chicago had an earth science program that offered a summer field camp. When I was a junior, I traveled to Dubois, Wyoming and participated in 2-week field geology camp. That experience cinched my future as a “rock hound.”
After I graduated high school, I wanted to go to college somewhere with plenty of rocks and diverse geography. Largely based on my experience at field camp, I chose the University of Wyoming. In my junior year, I ended up transferring back to Illinois, where I received my undergraduate degree in geology at Western Illinois University.
After a quick stint working for a nuclear chemistry lab, I found a job in the environmental consulting industry as a project geologist. In this position, I got to travel across the U.S. and the world mainly performing geology-related tasks on both federal and commercial contracts. Eventually however, I decided I wanted to get back to the Rocky Mountains, and in 2004 I joined Trihydro.
At the time, Trihydro’s experience in the federal market was just beginning to grow. The company was subconsulting on a couple projects at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyoming and was ready to commit to investing more time and resources into expanding offerings to the federal market. Because of my previous experience, I was tasked with taking these efforts to the next level. Since that time, Trihydro has continued its commitment to state clients and has completed over 100 environmental remediation, solid waste management, decontamination and decommissioning, and site infrastructure projects for its federal clients.
Besides spending any time I can with my family outside of work, I also enjoy hunting, fishing, and of course, rock collecting. An estimate would place my rock collection at over 5,000 pounds. I like to say that my favorite rock will be the next one I bring home, but currently my favorite specimens are pieces of “Blue Forest” petrified wood that I found in western Wyoming. Other than its extremely high quality, I think I appreciate it the most because it came from Wyoming and involved a lot hard work to recover the specimens. Every rock, mineral, or fossil I have collected has allowed me to spend quality time with friends and family in some of the most beautiful country that Wyoming has to offer. That is what I treasure the most.