I’m Hari Mix, and I’m currently an assistant professor in Environmental Studies and Sciences at Santa Clara University. My graduate research in Environmental Earth System Science at Stanford centered on recording changes in climate, topography and the biosphere over the last 65 million years in western North America and Central Asia. Today, my research focuses broadly on two areas: terrestrial paleoclimate and paleoaltimetry (currently focused on the Sierra Nevada and Alaska Range) and use the isotopes of oxygen and hydrogen in atmospheric river events in California to examine the interactions between moisture, topography and aerosols.
I have a quite a knack for getting engrossed in interests of mine. I was a competitive distance runner for nine years, and retired from the sport after a back injury in 2009. At Stanford, I became an NCAA Division I All-American in the 5,000m and was ranked in the top 30 in the US in the 10,000m. I contributed to a Pac-10 championship and two NCAA podium finishes in cross country.
I’ve also taken quirky pursuits such as learning skill toys further than most. I am a pretty serious yoyoer although I’ve plateaued in recent years. I even designed and manufactured a high performance yoyo during my undergrad.
Mountains have been a lifelong passion for me. It was during family camping trips to Colorado, the Teton Range and the Canadian Rockies that my interest in the natural world exploded. Mountains led me not only to my alpine pursuits but a fascination with the scale of Earth and the processes that shape it guided me toward earth science. This site will be a lens into my adventures: alpine, intellectual or otherwise. Keep exploring!