Dustin Trail (he/him)

Position/what you do at U of R?Dustin Trail and his daughter

Associate Professor. I am a high temperature geochemist with strong interests in planetary science, astrobiology, and the origin of life.

Where are you from?

I am from Durango, Colorado and I grew up in Estes Park, Colorado.

What got you interested in Earth and Environmental Sciences?

A fortuitous accident. I took an Earth science class as an undergraduate to satisfy natural science credits (like a "Cluster") for my computer engineering major.

What do you enjoy most about U of R?

Small classes with the opportunity to develop strong relationships with students, and intellectual freedom to pursue high risk research.

Do you have any hidden talents or hobbies?

I would call it an emerging talent/hobby - I enjoy metal/woodworking. Currently, I am building a cedar strip canoe. I've not made a lot of progress since my daughter was born :)

What is one thing that instantly makes your day better?

A good night of sleep.