I am a structural geologist and my research focuses on the dynamic processes that deform Earth’s lithosphere. I am also what you might call a “dirty boots” kind of geologist – I love being outdoors and incorporate fieldwork into my research projects whenever possible. I’m currently workin with my students on projects in the central Sierra Nevada near Lake Tahoe, the Hudson Valley of upstate New York, western Ireland, and southeastern Japan.
I actively incorporate undergraduate and graduate students in my research activities. These experiences provide students with opportunities for travel and train them to think scientifically – to identify research questions, manipulate data, and interpret results. Student researchers working under my advisement are lead authors or coauthors on the majority of my professional meeting presentations. Several of these student-led presentation received prestigious awards including the Sigma Gamma Epsilon Austin A. Sartin Best Undergraduate Poster and the Sigma Gamma Epsilon National Council Best Undergraduate Poster awards.