About Me

Benjamin Gross at White Sands NM

I am a geologist in training. My goal is to understand the earth by exploring it. I’ve been fortunate to have visited a few of the greatest corners of the planet either through field work, field camp, or vacation. I took all the photos on this site somewhere along my travels. My favorite hobbies are photography, music, geocaching, and ultimate frisbee. 

I graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2010 with a B.A. and Research Distinction. My undergraduate research took place in the Tuolumne Batholith, CA under the supervision of Vali Memeti. I performed microanalysis of k-feldspar megacrysts with an electron microprobe. 

I performed my masters work at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO. Along with my advisor, Peter Nabelek, I conducted a combined field and laboratory study of the Black Hills, SD.

I'm presently a PhD student at the University of Southern California. I will be persuing an igneous petrology project with my advisor Scott Paterson.