My teaching centers around “hard rock” aspects of geology and includes classes on structural geology, petrology, and geochemistry.
Field trips are incorporated into upper division classes and I also teach Field Methods and help teach Field Camp.
Research Areas & Interests
Structural evolution of curved mountain systems including the Sevier mountain belt; Processes of foreland deformation;
Fluid-rock interaction and strain softening processes in fault and shear zones;
Neoproterozoic rifting and Snowball Earth climate systems;
Applications of geochronology and thermochronology to determine fault slip and strain rate histories;
Fluid flow in fractured bedrock aquifers; Development of fracture systems during weathering.
I work with colleagues from multiple institutions on collaborative projects covering a range of topics such as structural evolution of curved mountain systems, deformation mechanisms, fluid-rock interaction, and w
eakening processes within crustal fault and shear zones, and applications of thermochronology and geochronology to quantify timing and rates of geologic processes, from ancient Snowball Earth glaciations to slip rates along active faults.