My research straddles the boundary of biology, geology, and the environmental sciences. I am interested in the evolution of life and earth through time and how we can use that information to look for life beyond earth. My research generally focuses on extreme or human impacted environments and how microorganisms function in such environments. Some areas of interest of mine include understanding how microorganisms shape air masses on planets, and the remediation of regions impacted by mining. I am currently an Assistant Professor at Diné College and an Associate Research Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute.