My research group focuses on the tectonics of convergent margins and the evolution of the continental lithosphere. Research goals are generally centered around identifying and resolving interactions between orogenic magmatism, crustal deformation, sedimentation, and lithospheric dynamics in Cordilleran and collisional orogenic systems. Most research projects are field-based, but we also employ lab-based analytical, experimental, and numerical methods. Please visit the research page to learn more about ongoing research.
February 2020: The new FTIR spectrometer was finally installed and is up and running
February 2020: My co-authors and I have a new article out in Geology, "Geochemical evidence for an orogenic plateau in the southern US and northern Mexican Cordillera during the Laramide orogeny." [pdf]
January 2020: Just returned from the J-term (winter term) field course GEOL 4160: Regional Tectonics that consisted of two weeks in southern CA, AZ, and NM.
October 2019: Just returned from a week in the field in southern AZ with Cody and Adam working on research
September 2019:I'm giving a talk Tuesday morning (9:10) in session T58 at GSA in Phoenix on the Arizonaplano
September 2019: Just returned from a week-long class trip to the Ruby Mountains for GEOL 5120: Tectonic Evolution of the Cordillera. *update: I finally put together a short video about the trip
August 2019: We had a great Rocky Mountain Field trip this year, which is a trip for all new graduate students and UW Geology and Geophysics alumni. I made a short video about it. Next year will be the 25th anniversary of the trip!
July 2019: I put together a short video about the week Seminoe State Park during UWyo's field camp this year
June 2019: My co-authors and I have a new article out in Basin Research; "The Tajik Basin: A composite record of sedimentary basin evolution in response to tectonics in the Pamir." [pdf]
May 2019: Mihai Ducea and I have a new article out in Geology; "The role of arc migration in Cordilleran orogenic cyclcity." [pdf]