Weston Dripps has always been extremely passionate about studying Earth Systems. He grew up in suburban Philadelphia and went on to study geosciences at Amherst College (BA), Dartmouth College (MS), and the University of Wisconsin (PhD). In between degrees, he worked as an exploration geologist in the oil, gas, and water sector, an environmental consultant, a hydrogeologist, a high school teacher and outdoor educator in the Swiss Alps, and a night club disc jockey. Before coming to Furman in 2005, Dripps was a researcher at MIT in the Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering and an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts – Boston. At Furman, Dripps is known as a very engaging teacher, an active researcher, and an environmental activist and has been very involved with the university’s sustainability efforts and sustainability student living communities. He has won the universi ty’s Meritorious Teaching Award (2008), Student Organization Advisor of the Year (2009), and Engaged Living Award (2013). He has given more than 50 presentations at professional meetings and published more than a dozen peer reviewed journal articles on his research. He recently returned from a year long sabbatical in Sweden working at Lund University’s Center for Sustainability Studies.