Hi, I’m Keaton.Me

For the past 5 years I’ve been working on my Ph.D. at Georgia Tech in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, where I study how we can use uranium-breathing bacteria to clean up uranium-contaminated groundwater at nuclear facilities. Recently, I decided to mix things up a bit and put my thesis on hold while I join another research group at Georgia Tech focusing on sustainable solutions to challenges in the developing world – an area of research I plan to pursue following graduation.  Thus, I deferred my fellowship, put my belongings in storage, and moved to Ethiopia for one year with a team of researchers from Georgia Tech, Emory, and GTRI to take part in a large-scale intervention study which will test the success of a proposed sustainable agriculture practice.

I hope to use this space to chronicle my adventures while on sabbatical and document my successes and challenges, both personal and academic, while living in the heart of East Africa.