Originally from San Dimas, California, Mark’s interest in the Earth Sciences developed early on while working at the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology during high school. This initial interest led him to pursue a B.A. in Geology at the Claremont Colleges where he graduated with honors. Currently, Mark is working with Dr. Joshua West on the role of mineral weathering in the sequestration of atmospheric carbon dioxide and the global carbon cycle. Specifically, he is interested in the role of biology in modulating mineral weathering rates at both field and laboratory scales. With this research, he hopes to better understand mineral weathering in natural environments as well as determine if there is sufficient scope to develop methods of carbon dioxide sequestration based on biologically accelerated mineral weathering.
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