Christyanne Melendez earned her M.S. in geology with a focus in physical volcanology at Northern Arizona University where she developed a method to distinguish debris avalanche deposits from pyroclastic and lahar deposits. She has worked in a variety of professional and academic settings allowing her to develop a diverse understanding of the theory and applicability of geology. She is also an avid outdoor enthusiast who combines her outdoor skillset with her background in geology to explore and understand the geology of the places she visits around the world. She teaches physical geology, environmental geology, and principles and practice of scientific research. As a professor, she is passionate about creating engaging courses that foster a sense of appreciation for the Earth and a sensibility about its natural rhythms.
M.S. Northern Arizona University
B.S. University of Vermont
A.A. College of DuPage