B.A. in Geology, Earlham College, 1977.
M.A. in Botany, University of Texas, Austin, 1980.
Ph.D. in Geology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1984.
National Research Council Research Associateship, U.S. Geological Survey, 1985-1986.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University, 1987-1989.
Research and Teaching Interests:
My current research program is twofold:
1. Crustal extension in the central Basin and Range province, North America: mechanisms of crustal extension, including how normal faults initiate, evolve, change character as they cut upward through the crust, and affect overall crustal structure.
2. Volcanic history and eruptive hazard assessment of volcanoes in the Commonwealth of Dominica, West Indies.
My general research interests include the timing and distribution of orogenic events, the mechanisms of deformation, from microscopic to regional scales, and synthesis of these studies into regional tectonic models.
My primary teaching strengths for geology students are basic and advanced structural geology, tectonics, regional geology, and field methods. I teach other courses as needed. I feel strongly that geology students need to understand the integrative nature of most geologic questions. I encourage them to relate specific geologic ideas and techniques to wider contexts, including everyday life, without sacrificing rigor in so doing.
My motivation for general undergraduate education is my conviction that science must be made more accessible to the general public. Geology is an effective avenue through which to pursue that goal, due to its tangibility and integrative nature. In the past several years, this has expanded to include teaching about natural disasters, including preparation and evaluating information that includes uncertainty (such as climate change). Moreover, these ideas are irrepressibly cool, although the puns are terrible.