My current research focuses on brittle deformation within the lower plate of metamorphic core complexes. I am using a combination of structural analysis and apatite (U-Th)/He dating to determine the fault-slip history along low-angle normal faults (LANFs). The Bullfrog Hills and Bare Mountain in westernmost Nevada expose several LANF splays that have exhumed Proterozoic to Devonian rocks during southern Walker Lane transtensional deformation. The cooling history of detachment splays has important implications for the significance of footwall incisement and the accuracy of thermochronometrically determined fault-slip rates.
Previous research has involved the structural evolution of the western Chugach Mountains and Prince William Sound in southern Alaska with an emphasis on flat-slab subduction processes and resulting upper-plate deformation.
Other areas of interest include:
Interplay between climate and tectonics, specifically the effects of Cenozoic glaciation on orogenesis
Contractional and extensional structures in strike-slip regimes
Surface exposure dating, TCN and OSL applied to quantification of fault-slip and surface uplift
Tectonic geomorphology of mountain belts and active structures
George W. Marshall, Jr. Memorial Endowed Presidential Scholarship - University of Texas at Austin, Jackson School of Geosciences (2011 - 2012)
Honorable Mention, Undergraduate Poster Presentation - Geological Society of America, Cordilleran Section (2010)
Partitioned deformation and thrust faulting in northern Prince William Sound, Alaska, constrained by apatite (U-Th)/He dating, Geological Society of America, Rocky Mountain and Cordilleran Joint Meeting, Logan UT (2011)