Dr. Carla Montgomery received her undergraduate degree with a double major in mathematics and geology from Wellesley College, her master’s degree in geology from Dartmouth College, and her Ph.D. in geochemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.). Following a postdoctoral research appointment at M.I.T., she joined the faculty of NIU. Combining a love of writing with a love of teaching, she has written or co-authored four introductory-level college geology texts. For many years, Dr. Montgomery served as associate Dean of the Graduate School at NIU while continuing to teach and work as a member of the geology faculty. Dr. Montgomery has been a part of the NIU community since 1978.