My primary research goal is to understand the plate tectonic processes active during continental growth and evolution throughout deep time
As the only long-term record of Earth history, the continental crust literally forms the foundation of our understanding of modern geoscience. Therefore, understanding the processes that govern the formation of continental crust is tantamount to advancing human understanding of the Earth system.
I synthesize structural geology, geochronology and thermochronology, sedimentology and stratigraphy, igneous and metamorphic petrology, and geochemistry in a wide variety of collaborative research projects in multiple temporal and regional contexts.
1. Deformation localization, reactivation, and development of long-lived crustal architecture
2. Basin formation, inversion, and sediment recycling through orogenic and supercontinent cycles
3. Tectonic influences on sediment dispersal during continental rifting and marine transgression
4. Argon diffusion in white mica: Implications for 40Ar/39Ar thermochronology