Educational Background

  • Ph.D. Geological Sciences, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York
  • M.A. Geology, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
  • B.A. Geology, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
  • B.S. Civil Engineering, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

Research Interests

  • Progressive deformation in fold and thrust belts
  • Central Appalachian tectonics

Recent Projects

Extensional structure/tectonics: My interests and skills in extensional tectonic analysis principally developed during my post-doctoral work on North Sea tectonics. I continue this line of query through work in the Basin and Range with the support of the Center for Nuclear Waste Regulatory Analyses at the Southwest Research Institute. I have been conducting microstructural analyses on fault zones in the Micocene tuffs of Yucca Mountain, Nevada, in an effort to charaterize, among other things, the deformation history of potentially seismically active fault zones in Yucca Mountain.

Tectonics and synorogenic sedimentation: My masters research on structural analysis of the synorogenic Cretaceous Gannett Group in Wyoming-Idaho, collaborative work on the Paleocene-Eocene Beartooth Conglomerate on the eastern flank of the Beartooth uplift, Wyoming-Montana, and study of the thermochronology of central Appalachian foreland basin deposits attest to my significant interests synorogenic deposits as interpretive tools in structural analysis. I have also begun new research on Oligocene synorgenic deposits in Southern Nevada in collaboration with John Stamatakos, CNWRA, and Ken Ridgway, Purdue University.
Temporal and spatial aspects of progressive deformation in fold and thrust belts: I have worked in the Appalachian and Sevier fold and thrust belts. My primary interests lie in spatial and temporal aspects of progressive deformation and rate-controlling deformation mechanisms in mountain belts.

Central Appalachian structure/tectonics: Collaboration with geoscientists in other sub-disciplines has allowed me to explore innovative, integrated approaches to solving long-standing structural/tectonic questions in the central Appalachians, with implications for other contractional orogens.

Fluid migration and evolution during orogenesis: Fluids can simultaneously control and record parameters of deformation. I have analyzed fluid inclusions in veins of known structural timing in an effort to learn about space-time changes in deformation conditions. I have supervised externally-funded undergraduate research on this topic.

Related Employment

  • Amerada Hess Post-Doctoral Fellow, 1991-1992, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London, England.
  • Consultant, 1997 - present, Center for Nuclear Waste Regulatory Analyses, Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, TX

Courses

  • Structural Geology
  • Tectonics
  • Engineering Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Environmental Geology
  • The Tender Land: a Foundation Seminar on land use issues
  • The Dynamic Earth (Introductory Physical Geology)
  • Exploring Earthquakes: a Foundation Seminar

Selected Publications

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. Geological Sciences, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York
  • M.A. Geology, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
  • B.A. Geology, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
  • B.S. Civil Engineering, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

Research Interests

  • Progressive deformation in fold and thrust belts
  • Central Appalachian tectonics

Recent Projects

Extensional structure/tectonics: My interests and skills in extensional tectonic analysis principally developed during my post-doctoral work on North Sea tectonics. I continue this line of query through work in the Basin and Range with the support of the Center for Nuclear Waste Regulatory Analyses at the Southwest Research Institute. I have been conducting microstructural analyses on fault zones in the Micocene tuffs of Yucca Mountain, Nevada, in an effort to charaterize, among other things, the deformation history of potentially seismically active fault zones in Yucca Mountain.

Tectonics and synorogenic sedimentation: My masters research on structural analysis of the synorogenic Cretaceous Gannett Group in Wyoming-Idaho, collaborative work on the Paleocene-Eocene Beartooth Conglomerate on the eastern flank of the Beartooth uplift, Wyoming-Montana, and study of the thermochronology of central Appalachian foreland basin deposits attest to my significant interests synorogenic deposits as interpretive tools in structural analysis. I have also begun new research on Oligocene synorgenic deposits in Southern Nevada in collaboration with John Stamatakos, CNWRA, and Ken Ridgway, Purdue University.
Temporal and spatial aspects of progressive deformation in fold and thrust belts: I have worked in the Appalachian and Sevier fold and thrust belts. My primary interests lie in spatial and temporal aspects of progressive deformation and rate-controlling deformation mechanisms in mountain belts.

Central Appalachian structure/tectonics: Collaboration with geoscientists in other sub-disciplines has allowed me to explore innovative, integrated approaches to solving long-standing structural/tectonic questions in the central Appalachians, with implications for other contractional orogens.

Fluid migration and evolution during orogenesis: Fluids can simultaneously control and record parameters of deformation. I have analyzed fluid inclusions in veins of known structural timing in an effort to learn about space-time changes in deformation conditions. I have supervised externally-funded undergraduate research on this topic.

Related Employment

  • Amerada Hess Post-Doctoral Fellow, 1991-1992, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London, England.
  • Consultant, 1997 - present, Center for Nuclear Waste Regulatory Analyses, Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, TX

Courses

  • Structural Geology
  • Tectonics
  • Engineering Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Environmental Geology
  • The Tender Land: a Foundation Seminar on land use issues
  • The Dynamic Earth (Introductory Physical Geology)
  • Exploring Earthquakes: a Foundation Seminar

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