I am broadly interested in regional tectonics, crustal evolution, global paleogeography, and the nature of orogenesis. My research is informed by a variety of techniques, including structural geology, mapping (i.e. spatial data visualization), geochronology, metamorphic petrology, thermochronology, thermobarometry, isotope geochemistry, and geophysical datasets.
In the western US Cordillera, my research focuses on the interplay between crustal thickening, geothermal gradients, magmatism, and extension in the orogenic hinterland. Much of this work has centered around field studies in the northern Snake Range metamorphic core complex of Nevada, which offers a unique glimpse as to processes operative in the upper, middle, and lower crust during mountain building.
In the Alaskan Cordillera, my research focuses on the long-term paleogeographic and tectonic evolution of the northernmost Cordillera (Brooks Range and Arctic Alaska). One such effort is an attempt to better understand a major post-Caledonian plate reorganization that led to subduction initiation on the then-passive Laurussian margin, followed by backarc rifting and translation of "exotic" crustal terranes southward into the western US Cordillera.
Education & Certifications
B.S., Brigham Young University, Geology, minor in Italian (2011)