I am a field geologist who combines geologic mapping, structural geology, basin analysis, and geochronology to investigate the timing and rates of crustal deformation. My interdisciplinary and collaborative research focuses on quantifying surface and crustal processes that yield insight into lithospheric-scale plate tectonic systems. I study the deformation and evolving landscape of continents, collecting data that allow me to reconstruct tectonic movements over a large range of temporal and spatial scales, from earthquakes to orogenies and from faults to plate boundaries.
I synthesize observations and measurements from field-based mapping (e.g. structural, surficial, basin) and paleoseismology and combine them with those from remote sensing datasets (e.g. airborne lidar, Landsat). I integrate these findings with precision analytical laboratory techniques (e.g. isotopic dating, paleomagnetism, low-temperature thermochronology) to quantify rates of surficial and crustal processes such as fault slip, basin sedimentation, tectonic exhumation, block rotation, soil genesis, or geothermal potential of natural systems.
I have experience conducting research in the Cascadia subduction zone of the Pacific Northwest (USA and Canada), on both margins of the Gulf of California oblique rift, along the San Andreas fault system, within the Walker Lane, and across the Basin and Range including the Rio Grande Rift.
I am a Research Geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. I work for the Pacific Northwest Geologic Mapping and Urban Hazards team in the Geology, Minerals, Energy, & Geophysics Science Center. My research is focused on geologic mapping, structural geology, neotectonics, and geomorphology of the Pacific Northwest region of the United States.