Q: In addition to being an accomplished geologist, you're also a talented photographer. What subjects do you prefer to shoot in Iceland?
A: As a great appreciator of landscapes, geologic formations, and vistas, I always make good use of my camera each time I am in Iceland. While many photographers focus on the birds and the waterfalls, I am particularly drawn to the rock textures and shapes that are so unique to Iceland: vast fields of broken, black lava; spectacular columnar basalt or fan-shaped pahoehoe; and beach coves filled with sea-churned cobbles and rounded boulders. Each time I visit I try to take different photographs from different perspectives, though the subject matter often stays the same. Undoubtedly, Iceland's strange landscape and rocks are helping me become a better photographer.