I grew up in Southern Alberta in the windy wonderland of Pincher Creek. I drove two hours north to get my BSc in chemistry from the University of Calgary, before coming three hours closer to my life-long goal of meeting Santa Claus by travelling to Edmonton to start graduate studies here. The only logical next-step in my professional future is a post-doctoral position at Nunavut Arctic College. Between receiving my degree from the U of C and starting work with the Buriak group, I spent a year teaching English in Cheonan, South Korea. Particular passions include hiking, music, biking and old video games.