Madeline Every (she/her/hers)

Position/What you do at U of R?Madeline Every standing on a pier with sunset in the background.

I am a 4th year PhD student in Dr. John Kessler's lab.

Where are you from?

Born and raised right here in Rochester, NY.

What got you interested in Earth and Environmental Sciences?

I've always loved the outdoors and went camping often when I was growing up, and when I took an Earth Science class in middle school I fell in love with the scientific field. Additionally, in middle school I took a technology class and then the following year advanced technology which fostered a love of woodworking, mechanical and electrical engineering, and creative problem solving. Getting to combine both of my interests into my current career has been an amazing experience.

What do you enjoy most about U of R?

I enjoy the location, not only is it a beautiful campus but the wide variety of different environments (lakes, forests, mountains) that you can easily drive to is ideal for field work and for personal trips as well. Growing up in western New York I may be biased but I don't think that you can ask for a better array of terrain and weather in one spot. 

Do you have any hidden talents or hobbies?

I knit in my free time. In college my roommate and good friend decided to teach me to knit (which took some time), and I’ve been doing it ever since. At the end of a long day of writing or working in the lab it’s nice to get to go home and watch a good movie while knitting. I began with making stuff for my family, but I have now expanded to doing commissioned pieces. No matter how much I do I always find it peaceful.

What is the one thing that instantly makes your day better?

Getting to walk my dogs. I have two small dogs who I love dearly (as my coworkers can attest to) and they are wonderful, especially as a reason to get out and explore. No matter the weather we always walk, and through this I have become a more active member of my neighborhood community. It also allows me to take time and experience the seasons and nature, all with two furry and happy faces looking back up at me.