Supervisors


Research Theme

  • Marine Geosciences

Research Discipline

  • Geochemistry/Thermo- & Geo-chronology
  • Sedimentary Geology/Geomorphology

My research focuses on marine environments and marine-continental transitions preserved within siliciclastic depositional systems. I extract clues from the sedimentary rock record in order to understand how paleoenvironments and paleoclimates evolved through time. For example, I am currently exploring how a greenhouse (warm) climate is reflected in the sedimentary rock record in both high- and mid-latitude environments. I utilize both field-based and subsurface data and apply various sedimentologic, stratigraphic, biostratigraphic, geochronologic and geochemical methods in my research. I am also involved in investigations that evaluate the evolution of petroleum systems by conducting source rock and reservoir evaluations in rift, forearc and foreland basin settings.

Current Research Projects

Arctic and Antarctic Sedimentology and Stratigraphy

High-latitude, greenhouse fluvial-marine transitions: Reconstructing Late Cretaceous Arctic shorelines of northern Alaska

Research Scholarship - Jackson School of Geosciences (2013)

Alexander Sisson Research Award - The Geological Society of America (2012)

Kenneth H. Crandall Memorial Grant - American Association of Petroleum Geologists (2011)

UT Austin Outstanding Student Award - Houston Geological Society (2010)

Award of Excellence, Top 10 Poster Presentation - American Association of Petroleum Geologists International Conference and Exhibition, Alberta, Canada (2010)

John Kilkenny Memorial Grant - American Association of Petroleum Geologists (2007)

Outstanding Student Research Proposal - Sedimentary Geology Division of the Geological Society of America (2007)

Scholarship - Alaska Geological Society (2006)

Outstanding Major Award - Department of Geological Sciences, California State University, Fullerton (2002)

Student Leadership Award - College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, California State University, Fullerton (2001)

Margaret Skillman Woyski Scholarship - Department of Geological Sciences, California State University, Fullerton (2001)

Applying GigaPan Robotic Photo-Panorama technology to enhance facies and architectural analyses of the Upper Cretaceous Schrader Bluff and Prince Creek Formations at Shivugak Bluffs, North Slope of Alaska, USA, American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Annual Convention and Exhibition, Pittsburg, PA (2013)

Geochemistry, Sedimentology, and Stratigraphy of the Lower Cretaceous Pebble Shale Unit, Northeastern Alaska, AAPG International Convention and Exhibition, AAPG Search and Discovery Article #90108, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, (2010)

Stratigraphy of Goldstein Peak Pendant, Western Sierra Nevada Batholith, The Geological Society of America (GSA) Cordilleran Section Meeting Abstracts with Programs, v. 34, p. A-27., Corvallis, OR (2002)

An Interferometry Investigation of Phlogopite Dissolution: Implications for Crystal Dissolution without the Formation of Etch Pits, GSA National Meeting Abstracts with Programs, v. 33, p. A-233., Boston, MA (2001)

Orcus Patera, Mars: Impact Crater or Volcanic Caldera?, XXXII Lunar and Planetary Space Conference, abstract # 1085, Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX (2000)

About field work in northern Alaska

Quantitative Clastics Laboratory

Dr. Pete Flaig's Photography Blog

Alaska Geological Society

APECS Webinars - Spring 2012
On April 18, 2012, I was invited by the North Slope Early Career Scientists (NSECS), the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), and the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Arctic System Science Thermokarst (ARCSS-TK) Project to present preliminary results from my dissertation in a special webinar series about research on the North Slope of Alaska.