My current research interest is the impact of rheology on large-scale subduction dynamics and hazards, assessed through a combination of the rock record and geophysical analysis. Click on the links to find out more about what I’m working on.

Previous research topics are wide-ranging and include field & experimental geophysics, structural analysis via remote imagery, planetary structural geology, field geology on other planets, adaptive optics, physics education, and unmanned aerial vehicle design. A few of my past projects are highlighted below.


  • Underplating processes in a fossil subduction zone
  • Transient and steady-state rheology of the subduction interface shear zone
  • Rock record constraints on geophysical observations of modern subduction zones


  • Ground Penetrating Radar signature of sub-resolution bedrock fractures (M.S. research)
  • Geophysical characterization of en echelon dike segments, Ship Rock, New Mexico (undergraduate thesis research)
  • Analysis of student completion of pre-class work for an introductory physics classroom