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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!

Why the Things My Husband Does that Drive Me Insane are Great for our Kids!

My husband is a fantastic father. But he’s still a guy, and he drives me insane. So this Father’s Day I am trying something new: Finding the good in the stuff he does that threatens to send me to the asylum. Why? Because I realize more each year that some of the stuff he does […]

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Five Things to be Thankful For on Mother’s Day

Recently while showering in my new home I noticed the words “Happy Mother’s Day” written in steam on my bathroom mirror. I started to think about who had put it there for the woman who occupied this home before me. Was it her husband? Her children? And what were they thinking about when they wrote […]