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Hi I'm Shannon

I'm a current grad student, a female scientist, and an environmental advocate. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Currently I am a graduate student working on my master's degree in an earth science. I have been doing research for over close to 15 years and I have been able to present my work from everywhere from elementary schools to the U.S. congress. Science is my passion and I truly enjoy preforming research, but it isn't the only aspect of my life. I am an avid knitter, gardener, cook, and snowshoer. I build rockets for national competitions with my little brother. I love curling up with a good book on a rainy afternoon and climbing to mountain peaks in the early morning. I feel it is important to give back to my community through volunteering with the Red Cross. On a more somber note, I have had some fairly challenging experiences in my life. I am a dyslexic and a chronic migraine which as made school a challenge. I am also an abuse survive. The year of abuse which I experienced lead me to develop PTSD. Thankfully with treatment I was able to face those bad experiences and become a much stronger person.

Why I am a Mormon

I have often been asked, how can you be a scientists and be religious at the same time. When I look at the lives of many of the scientist friends who belong to other faiths I can understand why some people feel that science and religion are mutual exclusive. I have never felt that duality in my life. In fact my scientific research has lead me to have a greater faith in God, just as my faith has lead me to become a better scientist. I feel very blessed to belong to a faith where I am encouraged to explore our world and to seek truth in all of its forms.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in many simple ways through out each and every day. I strive to begin the day with prayer and scripture study. I then spend most of my days doing scientific research. As I work to try to understand how our world works and how we can become better stewards of it, I also try to find ways to serve the people around me. These acts of service are usually small...a smile, opening a door, a few kind words, but I know that they help me gain a closer relationship with my Heavenly Father. On Sundays I often teach lessons from the scriptures as part of my singles ward church meetings.