My research focuses on understanding the tectonic history of the Eastern Cordillera using a variety of methods, with an emphasis on using paleoclimatic proxies to understand the effects of surface uplift on Colombian climate. I have utilized organic geochemical proxies for paleotemperature (the MBT/CBT index) and for the isotopic composition of rainfall (hydrogen isotopes in leaf waxes) in order to quantify surface uplift in the Eastern Cordillera. I am also analyzing sedimentary provenance data and thermochronological data to determine the timing of uplift of a large area of exposed basement at the southern end of the Colombian Eastern Cordillera.

tl;dr: Basin anaysis, organic geochemistry, low-temperature thermochronology

Current Research Projects

Thesis: The uplift of the Eastern Cordillera of Colombia and its interactions with climate

GSA Graduate Student Research Grant - Geological Society of America (2013 - 2013)

Gale White Endowed Fellowship in Geophysics - UT Austin Institute for Geophysics (UTIG) (2010 - 2011)

Constraining basement uplift in the Northern Andes using detrital zircon provenance analysis: U-Pb geochronological record of exhumation of the Garzon Massif, Colombia, Geological Society of America, GSA Annual Meeting, Denver (2013)

The isolation of the temperature effect on branched GDGT distributions in an elevation transect of the Eastern Cordillera, Colombia, American Geophysical Union, AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco (2012)

New constraints on the paleoelevation history of the Colombian Andes from lipid biomarkers, American Geophysical Union, AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco (2011)