I am gay and I am a contaminant hydrogeologist.//
I grew up in Ohio, went to school in Indiana (BS/BA), and then Kansas (PhD). While these places are not always the most queer friendly, I find that I love the Midwestern landscape and sense of community too much to leave for long. Thus, after a brief consulting stint in South Florida, I returned to the Midwest and am currently in Kansas City, Missouri.
As a scientist, I work primarily in the legal field, doing the geoscience behind litigation and toxic torts matters. Largely, these matters resolve through mediation and negotiation between stakeholders, and this results in my approach being very community-based, or interpersonal, in nature. In this, I’m finding that my journey to create queer community for myself in the Midwest is wildly applicable to creating community, instead of conflict, between people, and entities, in the environmental sphere.