Assistant Professor of Chemistry & Planetary Sciences • Dordt College


Classes Taught


• Chemistry 111: Principles of Chemistry

• Chemistry 331: Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

• Astronomy 121 (CORE 224): Solar System Astronomy

• Astronomy 122 (CORE 225): Stellar & Galactic Astronomy

• Chemistry 365: Solar System Chemistry

• Earth Science/Environmental Studies/Geography 201 (CORE 223): Introductory Geology and Physical Geography

Biology and Chemistry students: An overview of Dordt Chemistry curricular changes can be found here (pdf)


Planetary Chemistry Research


A description of ongoing research projects in planetary chemistry may be found here.

What is an exoplanet?

Academic Background


• Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Planetary Sciences, Dordt College (2013-present), Sioux Center, IA.

• Research Scientist, Space Science Institute (2016-present), Boulder, CO.

• Research Scientist, Southwest Research Institute (2011-2013), Boulder, CO.

• Postdoctoral Fellow, Lunar and Planetary Institute (2008-2011), Houston, TX.

• Ph.D., Earth & Planetary Sciences (2006), Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO.

• M.A., Earth & Planetary Sciences (2002), Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO.

• B.A., Chemistry (2000), Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA.

Professional Societies