Meet our NSF Graduate Research Fellows: Luke Parsons

Luke Parsons with camera and tripodDegree Program: PhD

   Although I have not done climate-related field work in South America, I have led outdoor trips in Central, South, and North America.
   While on these expeditions, I was impressed by the looming presence of active, smoking volcanoes in the Andes and the Mesoamerican Mountains. I also observed the effects of mudslides after heavy precipitation in the rainforest-covered high country of Costa Rica. Additionally, after a decade of mountaineering, climbing, and backpacking in the Wind River Range of Wyoming, I have witnessed first-hand the retreat of North American glaciers.
   My experiences with an actively changing earth and atmosphere have helped motivate me to study the earth system.

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