My research combines small-scale brittle structural petrology with large-scale deformation characterization and modeling on the upper continental crust. My background is in subduction zone tectonics and metamorphism and any combination of deformation and petrology fascinates me. My interests span from fracture scaling analyses and fracture evolution and timing modeling using commercial and in-house software, to developing paleostress indicators using twinned fracture cements. Recently I have undertaken the lead on the Structural Diagenesis Initiative's effort in natural fracture research in carbonate rocks. I also direct the new high-resolution field emission scanning electron microscope facility with a focus on cathodoluminescence imaging (SEM-CL) at the Bureau of Economic Geology.

Areas of Expertise

Fracture analysis and structural diagenesis Brittle structural petrology Fractured carbonate rocks Tectonics and metamorphism of subduction zones

GDL Foundation Fellowship Grant, Structural Diagenesis research - GDL Foundation (2012)

R.L. Folk/E.F. McBride Petrography Award - Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin (2009)

Texas Exes Teaching Award - The Senate of College Councils, The University of Texas at Austin (2008)

Geological Society of America Research Grant - Geological Society of America (2006)

Full Predoctoral Scholarship for the Education of Future Researchers - Basque Government, Spain (2004 - 2007)

TASSEP (US-EU Sciences) Scholarship - BBK (Bilbao Bizkaia Kutxa), Spain (2001)