Lauren Heerschap, M.S.

Adjunct Field Science Instructor

B.S. (Geology and Theology), Wheaton College; M.S. (Geology), University of Colorado at Boulder

Lauren grew up in the Jemez Mountains of northern New Mexico, and has always been attracted to the mountains and deserts for science, recreation, and spirituality. After graduating from Wheaton College with dual degrees in geology and theology, she assisted with a geo-archeology project in the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt. For her master’s research at the University of Colorado, Lauren investigated the relationship between erosion, mountain-building, and earthquakes in central Taiwan. She has worked for the Colorado Geological Survey, Oso Energy Resources, and taught geology and outdoor education in Zermatt, Switzerland.  For nine years at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO, she was the Geosciences lab coordinator then lecturer, teaching introductory geology courses, geologic field methods, summer field camp, and all levels of GIS (Geographic Information Systems). Lauren and her husband, David, invented and patented a new model of geologic compass called the Axis Transit that is currently being made by Brunton in Riverton, WY. Lauren is an avid rock climber and spent her “maternity leave” from academia as the Executive Director of WyoClimbers and the Festival Director of the International Climbers’ Festival in Lander. She and David are excited to raise their daughter, Hannah, in the wonderful community and outdoor setting of the Lander region.

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