Ian is a Ph.D. student at Stanford University studying Geophysics. His research focuses on using geophysical methods to evaluate the quality and quantity of groundwater, especially in coastal regions. His field site is in Monterey Bay, California, where he is using electromagnetic tools to evaluate how much saline water from the ocean has migrated into the local aquifers, contaminating drinking water and destroying wells in the area. He hopes that the results of his research will be able to help water managers in California continue to supply residents with the water they need for generations to come.
Ian was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan. After high school, he moved to Houston, Texas for a gap year, where he volunteered for a local non-profit organization and worked on community development projects in his neighborhood. After Texas, Ian moved to Chicago for his undergraduate at Wheaton College. He took an immediate interest in Geology, because of his desire to learn more about the intersection of the natural world and human livelihood. During his undergraduate, Ian was a teaching assistant in various Geology courses, and also helped tutor fellow students in Physics. Now in his Ph.D. studies, Ian is a teaching assistant for geophysics courses, instructing both undergraduates and fellow grad students.
In his spare time, Ian keeps himself busy. Being a geologist, he loves getting outside, either by going hiking or camping. He also plays ultimate frisbee on a team in the Bay Area and generally enjoys running to stay active. While in grad school, he has picked up woodworking and likes making useful objects—most recently a trinket box—in the wood lab on campus.