Born in Sweden, but raised primarily in New Hampshire, where I attended high school and college. In 2011, I graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.S. in Physics - Astronomy, then found myself working as a laboratory technician in a glycomics facility. A career shift then occurred, as I was offered admission into Southern New Hampshire University, where I pursued a Masters in Education. During the following two years, I was a teacher in Washington (high school), Colorado (middle school math) and for two months, Cambodia (English).
Now it was time to shift back to the sciences! In 2017 I was accepted to Penn State University to pursue a Masters in Geoscience, studying the thermal history of tectonics by using noble gases in the mantle as tracers. In 2019, my time at Penn State came to an end, and my time at Stanford began, where I am currently investigating the consequences of tidal heating on the habitability of exoplanets.
Education & Certifications
MSc, Pennsylvania State University, Geosciences (2019)
MEd, Southern New Hampshire University, Education (2014)
BS, University of New Hampshire, Physics and Astrophysics (2011)
Laura Schaefer, Doctoral (Program)
Service, Volunteer and Community Work
5th grade science teaching, Mount Nittany Elementary School (June 2018 - June 2019)
Exploring the Universe - Planets, Stars, Earth and cosmic history, future, the Fermi Paradox, and our place in the Cosmos.
State College, PA
English teaching in Cambodia (July 2016 - September 2016)
Siem Reap, Cambodia
AmeriCorps - Academic Aide, Blue Mountain Action Council (September 2014 - July 2015)
Academic support and tutor for at-risk students in an alternative high school
Walla Walla, WA
I am very fond of the outdoors and the natural world as a whole. I am an avid runner, rock climber, hiker and aspiring mountaineer. On an unrelated note, I am also a lover of science fiction (movies, TV sows and books), and fantasy (movies, TV shows and table top role playing games).
Current Research and Scholarly Interests
Planetary habitability, specifically looking into the effects of tidal heating as both a source of energy to maintain habitable climates, and as a means of keeping small, terrestrial worlds warm, and thus geologically active for long periods of time. In addition, I am interested in the physical, geological and chemical processes on exotic worlds, like Saturn's moon Titan. How do the climates of such worlds evolve, and what kinds of geologic features would they produce on the landscape?