I have been studying washover fans (WOFs) in modern systems using remote sensing and satellite imagery to quantify various morphological characteristics of washover fans including throat width, intrusion length, fan area, barrier widths, channel lengths, etc. WOFs are deposited in multiple types of geometries and tend to vary in location of deposition. I have begun categorizing WOFs according to these geometries and examining the morphological trends amongst the different sub-families. I am using these relationships to understand preservation potential and how WOFs might appear in the subsurface. For my subsurface component, I have logged cores from the Upper McMurray Formation of Alberta, Canada, which are associated with barrier and estuarine environments to identify possible washover deposits. This data will be used to help me construct a facies model with the ultimate goal of understanding the geometries of flow barriers in the subsurface.
Ronald K. Deford Field Scholarship Fund - University of Texas (2013)
Ed Picou Fellowship Grant for Graduate Studies in Earth Science - Gulf Coast Section SEPM (2012)
Geology Departmental Scholarship Award - Washington and Lee University (2007)