Born and raised in western Kentucky, I worked as an automotive mechanic until deciding my problem-solving skills were better utilized in geoscience. I earned a B.S in Petroleum Geology and an M.S. in Geology from the University of Oklahoma, then headed back across the Mississippi to my home state to work towards a Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky. I have experience in the oil and gas industry, where I worked as an intern and concentrated on petrophysics and structural analysis on the development side of the business.
I spend my free time with my wife and kids. We love to go outside, particularly if there are mountains or an ocean involved. I also love to golf and watch as much soccer, baseball, Kentucky basketball, and football as I can. Family experiences have made me a big supporter of pediatric cancer research, as well as any organizations that support those kids.