I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, in the beautiful northwest USA. My academic background is in hydrology (MS), mechanical engineering (HBS), and international studies (HBA) with minors in mathematics and Spanish. I am also an avid mountaineer and global traveller with strong humanitarian leanings. These recreational pursuits have inspired me to focus my academic interests to glaciology and alpine hydrology. My proposed research at the Scott Polar Research Institute investigates the retreat of Himalayan glaciers to predict the formation of hazardous lakes, which can have catastrophic impacts on downstream communities. Glaciology and hydrology will increase in importance through the 21st century as the impacts of climate change become more profound and marginal communities are increasingly affected.