Born in Ridgewood, N.J. in 1976, I wanted to pursue a career in space sciences from age 7. I took as many science courses as I could during high school and went on to study physics at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. I transitioned to planetary geology during my gradute career at Arizona State University, where my focus has been mainly on Mars, but where I have also participated in the Europa Focus Group. I have been involved in planetary geology as well as astrobiology research since coming to ASU. After earning a Master's degree in Geological Science with a thesis about astrobiological implications of regions at the margin of the martian north polar ice cap, I entered the Ph.D. program to continue my Mars research.