Rising to the Surface for Sustainability Solutions

Postdoctoral researcher Sam Roy is looking up as he looks ahead

Sam Roy spent the bulk of his graduate years submerged in the deep time of geology. Then, as a postdoc in search of a career, Roy encountered the sustainability solutions mission of the Mitchell Center, which helped thrust him upwards toward work that might matter more to the future of the planet and its earthly inhabitants.

“I’ve just come up to the surface,” says Roy, now a postdoctoral researcher on the Mitchell Center’s National Science Foundation-funded Future of Dams project.

That Roy chose to downshift from work that was lofty and theoretical to that aimed at hammering out real-world solutions to complex sustainability problems was a short, evolutionary process but one that put him on a radically different path.

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