Nicoletta Browne


I am a lesbian and I am a geology teacher and national park service intern.//


My grandmother put volcanoes and dinosaurs on my radar when I went hiking with her as a little girl. So it’s not that surprising I ended up as a geologist working for the National Park Service. I’m a lesbian and I also happen to be trans, so I don’t come across that many people with my exact background in my field. I do feel like I’ve been able to be a mentor for LGBT earth science students, though, which has been really important to me. I was previously based at John Day Fossil Beds National Monument in Eastern Oregon and taught geology classes in the Santa Barbara area for a while. I am presently enjoying life in Southern Colorado while working right across the New Mexico border at Aztec Ruins National Monument. A fun fact about me is that I spent two months in Antarctica in order to collect rock samples for my Masters! I also play the cello, enjoy watching anime, and have a folk-ish themed show at UCSB’s radio station. My cat, Maki, makes me feel like a proud lesbian cat mom.