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About Jess

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Born and raised in Rochester, NY, I studied geology at Syracuse University after being drawn to the adventure of learning about the earth with boots on the ground. After earning an MS in geology at Vanderbilt University and a Ph.D. in geology at UCLA, I landed in Tucson, AZ. I taught high school math and science for two years and have been a lecturer in the University of Arizona department of geosciences ever since. One geologist husband, two precocious sons, and eleven years of teaching later, I am now the associate department head of UA Geosciences, where I teach introductory geology classes to hundreds of students every year. I am finishing my first book, a memoir about my high altitude field adventures in Tibet. I also write fiction, blog for Huffington Post, and am an avid proponent of journeying beyond our comfort zones–that’s where life begins!

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Why Is Everyone Here So Nice? (And Other Kauai Quandaries)

Kauai. A small-ish island in the middle of the largest ocean on Earth, forged over five million years ago from lava spilled onto the ocean floor. The oldest of the Hawaiian island chain, the Garden Isle is home to roughly 70,000 people, and boasts a single highway that can take you from one end of […]

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An Open Letter To My Students, On The Eve Of A New Semester.

It’s the night before we will begin our short adventure together. Like some of you, I have first day jitters. Not because I am nervous about teaching in front of a group of more than 200 strangers (I have done this many times), but because each new semester carries such promise – the potential to […]