I live in Los Alamos, New Mexico — a beautiful mountain community in the Jemez Mountains just west of the Rio Grande. I am a geophysicist by training, and I love the outdoors, and the wonders of the natural world. I enjoy trail running, road biking in the mountains, and have been collecting minerals for 56 of my 60 years of life.
I was raised in Los Alamos, and went off to school first at New Mexico Tech (degrees in Mathematics and Geophysics, 1978) and then Caltech (PhD Geophysics, 1983). After graduation I moved to Tucson, Arizona, where I spent 20 years as a professor of Geophysics and an affiliate in Applied Mathematics. I was also the curator of the University of Arizona Mineral Museum for 18 years, and wrote extensively in the popular literature on topics of minerals, mineralogy and mining.The photograph below is the mineral “terrywallaceite”.
I returned home to Los Alamos in 2003, and work on issues of national security.