What is your position at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln?
I am an Associate Professor and Groundwater Geologist in the Conservation and Survey Division (Nebraska Geological Survey). My appointment is 70% Research and 30% Extension. I advise several graduate students and I supervise undergraduate workers and interns.
What drew you to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln?
Lincoln is a great place to raise a family and to be part of a strong Catholic faith community. I desired to work for the Conservation and Survey Division because I wanted to study the state’s geology and groundwater resources.
What aspect of working in an educational setting do you enjoy the most?
I enjoy being able to pursue intellectual interests. I am driven by curiosity and the excitement that comes with making new discoveries. I also enjoy sharing research results with stakeholders to help solve important problems. My field research allows me to connect with nature. I get to explore remote areas of Nebraska and surrounding states.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I am a first-generation college student. I followed a meandering path to my current position. Each twist and turn presented new challenges, but I owe a lot to my supportive family and friends. Because of my experiences on this journey, I feel obligated and qualified to mentor students on their own journeys.
What is something that most people don't know about you?
For a few years in my early 30’s I was active in a country band called “Hand Me Down Genes” with my dad and three brothers.
What is your life like outside of work?
My wife and I raise five children. I stay busy as a husband and father. I like to garden and raise backyard chickens. I like fishing and I recently bought a bass boat.