Garrecht grew up in Pensacola, Florida where his childhood was occupied with playing capture the flag under massive live oaks, picking guitar on porch swings, and surfing on white sandy beaches.
After graduating high school, Garrecht enrolled in Furman University in South Carolina. After a year as a discontented music major he discovered earth and environmental sciences and quickly put down the sheet music. His love of earth science was strong enough that two weeks after graduation he would pack his car and head west to begin life as a graduate student at Washington University in St. Louis.
Under the guidance of Dr. David Fike, Garrecht focused his research on the Ordovician Period, attempting to explain the geologic mechanisms that plunged the Earth into a vast ice age and its first mass extinction. This was no small task, as it would require Garrecht to study geology, chemistry, and biology. During his Ph.D. Garrecht would visit 15 states, 6 countries, and serve as a visiting student in labs at the Colorado School of Mines, MIT, USC, and Caltech. Garrecht’s teaching style matured during his tenure as a graduate student.
While he was a teaching assistant for undergrad courses and labs he discovered that complex scientific and mathematical concepts are easier to learn when applied to real-life scenarios. He was better able to help students connect with the material by relating it to their own interests and strengths. This was frequently done through the use of analogy. His teaching style stresses
the important role details play in student’s coursework and college entrance exams without losing sight of the bigger picture.
In his free time Garrecht is an avid musician who plays guitar, bass, and drums. He recently recorded his first album. When he is not playing music or attending shows he likes to surf and travel and dream of a day when can finally own a dog.