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.
August 2020: Two new graduate students have joined the group! Welcome to Jessie Shields and Amanda Rossi! Bios.
July 2020: Fangyang Hu has a new paper out in GRL tracking elevation changes in Tibet that I am a co-author on [pdf].
June 2020: UWyo Field Camp this year was completely online/virtual. I put together several Google Earth Projects for the week focused on the Seminoe State Park. Check them out HERE.
April 2020: Wang Xin as a new paper out in Geology, "The role of the westerlies and orography in Asian hydroclimate
since the late Oligocene" that I am a co-author on. Check it out. [pdf].
March 2020: Adam Trzinksi and I sneaked in some field work over Spring Break in the northern Chiricahua Mtns. It looks like the last field work for a while with COVID taking over.
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