Susan graduated with a BS in Geology from the College of William and Mary in 2000, and an MS in Geology from Western Washington University in 2010. Susan's MS research focused on modeling future streamflow in the Nooksack River, and provided great opportunities for collaboration with local government and industry in Whatcom County, Washington. Susan joined Jessica Lundquist's Mountain Hydrology Lab in 2011 as a PhD student, with the primary research interest of understanding and planning for climate change effects on regional watersheds. In particular, her research is focused on snow accumulation and melting processes and how to manage forest resources to mitigate early melting of snowpack caused by increasing temperatures. Susan's professional background includes environmental consulting related to soil and groundwater remediation and stormwater monitoring, teaching at community college, and five years as a YMCA camp director. A passionate urban gardener and lover of the Pacific Northwest, Susan's free time interests include hiking, kayaking, volunteering with community organizations, practicing Spanish at home and abroad, and frequenting the farmers market.