Summer received her B.S. in Geology from Virginia Tech in 2006. Before returning to Virginia Tech to complete her masters in 2010 she worked for the Oregon Department of Transportation surveying hazardous landslide and rockfall sites for the Unstable Slopes Database. Her masters work focused on the uplift history of the Teton Range, employing both apatite (U-Th)/He and apatite fission-track dating. This project has since been picked up by our research group and although she works as an instructor in the department, Summer remains involved in our lab by training graduate students on mineral separation and grain picking techniques. She also spends a large portion of her time on her photography business and is responsible for most of the media we produce.