"I was in college and looking for a change from my pre med program. I took an Intro to Geology course where I learned to see the world around me in a new, exciting way and I never looked back. After graduating with my BS in Geology from Wayne State University in my hometown of Detroit, I then pursued my MS at the University of Arkansas. My master's thesis work focused on the migration and geochemical characterization of hydrocarbon contamination in domestic water wells in rural Northwest Arkansas. I'm currently a geologist for an energy company here in Houston. In each phase of my career, I've always been one of two or very few geologist who looked like me. Because of this I absolutely love the sense of family and shared purpose that I experience each year at the National Association of Black Geoscientists (NABG) conference each year, where I get to reconnect with the black geoscientist community, mentor students, and share my unique experiences as a black female geologist."
- Janelle (She/her)