Best is currently working on her Ph.D. with the Basin and Petroleum System Modeling Group at Stanford University. Her research interests include basin-scale deformation to address pressure and stress evolution using finite element methods and kinematic efficiencies of the strike-slip fault system using machine learning. Best earned her B.S. in Geophysics (2011) from the California Institute of Technology. Prior to graduate school, Best previously worked at PTTEP as an exploration and development geologist. Best also recently completed three summer internships with Chevron U.S.A.