I'm a researcher at Northern Arizona University where I study the geology of the Martian surface. My work involves the use of satellite data and data from the Curiosity rover.
Previously I have studied lunar samples (brought back by the Apollo astronauts), Mars meteorites (found in Antarctica), and impact-generated rocks from meteor craters on Earth.
I also just love to do science all the time. I have a microscope at home where I like to observe critters, mold, biological specimens, and whatever else might look cool at 1000x.
I love to volunteer. I'm in the Coconino County Sheriff's Search and Rescue team, I am a big sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters, and participate in various classroom outreach efforts both in Flagstaff and around the country (e.g., Letters to a Pre-Scientist, Skype a Scientist, NAU's Full Steam Ahead). I'm interested in and motivated by people who in their own way try to make the world a better place.
I'm not gonna lie- I'm a go-getter. While I love a day on the couch every now and again, my default mode is doing something active. I love hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, mountain biking and general exploring (to name a few). I like challenges (both physical and mental). I like new and interesting things and places where there aren't a lot of people (e.g., I will not join you on Fatman's Loop unless we're there to do some trail maintenance).
I've been simultaneously described as intense and chill.
I am driven and I won't let people hold me back.
I love to think about hard topics.
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"You will do something that makes you uncomfortable but then you will do it again cause it's fun"
"Jenni's humor is more dry than a Martian sauna. But guys, don't worry, it's confirmed, there's plenty of moisture on this heavenly body"
-Zachary Christensen, partner at Birdman Canyon Studios