I consider myself primarily an applied structural geologist and tectonicist, but I have a wide range of interests and research experiences. My current research is focused on understanding the interactions between structures, fracturing, and geochemistry, primarily focusing on fracture systems found in mudrocks. My dissertation project is assessing fault and top seal behavior in CO2-rich systems by looking at an natural analog near Green River, Utah. I am combining field work, experimental geomechanics, petrography, petrology, and numerical modeling to do this. The primary application of my work is long-term carbon sequestration, but it also has relevance to CO2-injection for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) and mudrock fracture systems in general.
My primary field research areas are the Colorado Plateau, Utah, and eastern Indonesia.
Current Research ProjectsNatural fractures in mudrocks and top seal integrity: insights from diagenesis, rock mechanics, and modeling applied to CO2 sequestration and hydrocarbon exploration. ( view )
BYU Graduate Research Fellowship - Brighan Young University Graduate Studies (2009)
Outstanding Teaching Assistant - Dept. of Geological Sciences, Brigham Young University (2008 - 2009)
Wm. Revell Phillips Scholarship - Dept. of Geological Sciences, Brigham Young University (2008 - 2010)
Spring Academic Scholarship (Undergraduate) - Brigham Young University (2008)
ORCA Research Grant (Undergraduate) - Brigham Young University Office of Research and Creative Activities (2007)
Academy of Sciences Graduate - Mountain View High School (Orem, Utah) (2002)
Talent Award, Cougar Marching Band - Brigham Young University School of Music (2002 - 2003)
Brigham Young Bicentennial Scholarship - Brigham Young University (2002 - 2003)
AP Scholar with Distinction - The College Board (2002)
Outstanding Achievement in Earth Systems - Lakeridge Jr. High School (Orem, Utah) (1998 - 1999)
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In Harm's Way
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