Rod grew up next to the White River in Indianapolis, IN. He was always interested in water and environmental issues so he went to Purdue University to study Ecological Engineering and Ecology. While rivers have always been a part of his life, it wasn’t until after he graduated that Rod realized river science could be a viable career path. After a short stint at an engineering consulting company in Indianapolis, Rod followed his wife out west to her home state of Colorado. They both started graduate school at Colorado State University and Rod joined Dr. Bledsoe’s group in 2014. After finishing his Master’s, Rod figured he might as well get a Ph.D. too. When Dr. Bledsoe moved to Georgia, he offered to bring Rod along – but family ties kept him in Colorado. Rod studies how erosion in rivers affects water quality. He is developing a computer model to predict how much rivers might erode in the future – and determine whether or not this erosion will be a big source of water pollution. When Rod isn’t stuck behind a computer, he is often out running, hiking, camping, or otherwise enjoying Colorado’s great outdoors.