I recently started graduate school at Virginia Tech, where I help research how seismic methods can be used to understand the critical zone and its processes. This year marks my third working with the critical zone science community. As an undergraduate, I was lucky enough to get involved with critical zone research ealy on. What initially drew me to the discipline were the opportunities to be out doing fieldwork. I still love getting my hands dirty, but I have also become passionate about adapting and applying power algorithms and technology to understand and solve environmental problems.