My research is focussed on the interplay between fault and fracture permeability, hydrothermal fluid flow, alteration, mechanical properties, and deformation. I am currently working on projects in Dixie Valley, NV, and in the North Cascades, WA.
I worked as a geologist in the geothermal industry for 5 years before returning to graduate school.
Current Research Projects
The evolution of fracture porosity in a hydrothermal system: P-T-t constraints on vein material from geothermal exploration well GAR-1
Chemical-mechanical feedback in geothermal systems: the interaction between fluid flow, alteration, mechanical properties, and deformation.
Graduate Student Research Grant - AAPG (2015)
Graduate Student Scholarship - The Geothermal Resources Council (2015)
Graduate Student Research Grant - GDL Foundation (2013 - 2014)
GSA Student Research Grant - Geological Society of America (2013 - 2014)
William C Powers Graduate Fellow - The University of Texas at Austin (2012)
Grant - National Science Foundation (2006 - 2008)
Student Research Grant - Evolving Earth Foundation (2006 - 2006)
David A. Rahm Scholarship - Western Washington University (2005 - 2005)
Student Research Grant - Geological Society of America (2005 - 2006)
GK-12 Fellow - NSF (2004 - 2004)
Undergraduate Biological Sciences Education Program Grant - The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (2002 - 2002)
STEMTEC Teaching Scholar - National Science Foundation (2000 - 2002)
Harold F. Johnson Scholar - Hampshire College (1998 - 2002)
Co-convener, Fractures and fracturing in chemically reactive environments with Jon Major, 2015 Anastasia Ilgen, and Pania Newell, AGU Annual Meeting (2015)
Student Representative, Student Advisory Goup, Geothermal Resources Council (2015 - 2016)
Co-convener, Recent advances in the exploration, characterization, and development of 2014 geothermal resources in the Pacific Northwest, with Trenton Cladouhos and Pete Stelling, Geological Society of America Annual Meeting (2014)
Technical Editor, Reservoir Evaluation and Engineering, Society of Petroleum Engineers (2013)
Co-convener, Neogene Orogenesis in the North American Cordillera with Sara Gran MItchell, GSA Cordilleran Section Meeting (2007)
The thermal history of Garland Mineral Springs, North Cascades, Washington, from apatite fission track analysis of well cuttings from geothermal exploration well GAR-1, Geothermal Resources Council, Reno, NV (2015)