Assistant Professor

Biography

My research centers on the evaluation of fabric development in metamorphic rocks, the progress of mineral reactions, and the effects of fluid chemistry on progressive deformation and metamorphism in regional metamorphic terranes, with special focus on the Swiss Alps and the Southern Appalachians. Approaches I use to address these problems include geochemical, microstructural, and analytical techniques such as application of mineral equilibria and thermodynamic models to reconstruct PTt paths, accessory mineral geochronology and thermobarometry, stable isotopic analysis, and mapping of field relationships. I am also active in developing and applying new pedagogical approaches to produce more engaging and effective learning experiences for both geoscience majors and non-science majors. As Director of the West Georgia Microscopy Center, I collaborate with faculty, students, and external users who wish to make use of our facilities, which include an FEI Quanta200 SEM with attached EDS detector for semi-quantitative analyses as well as sample coating and thin-section preparation lab spaces. I regularly oversee and train undergraduate student research assistants who use these facilities as part of independent research projects.

Education / Degrees

  • BS, Geology, University of Cincinnati, 1999
  • M.S., Geological Sciences, University of Kentucky, 2001
  • Ph.D., Geological Sciences, University of Texas at Austin, 2007
  • Courses Taught
  • Course Sections and Syllabi

    Fall 2017 Sections

    • GEOL-1121 (Intro Geosciences I:Phys Geol) Section: 05
    • XIDS-2001 (Science of Sustainability) Section: LXO Download Syllabus [DOC]
    • GEOL-3603 (Environmental Geology) Section: 01W
    • GEOL-4063 (Plate Tectonics) Section: 01

    Summer 2017 Sections

    • GEOL-2553 (Geology of the National Parks) Section: E01

    Spring 2017 Sections

    • GEOL-1121 (Intro Geosciences I:Phys Geol) Section: 02
    • GEOL-1121L (Physical Geology Lab) Section: 03
    • GEOL-3024 (Igneous & Metamrphc Petrology) Section: 01
    • GEOL-4501 (Geology Seminar) Section: 01

    Fall 2016 Sections

    • GEOL-1121 (Intro Geosciences I:Phys Geol) Section: 05
    • GEOL-3603 (Environmental Geology) Section: 01W

    Summer 2016 Sections

    • GEOL-2553 (Geology of the National Parks) Section: E01

    Spring 2016 Sections

    • GEOL-1121 (Intro Geosciences I:Phys Geol) Section: 04
    • GEOL-1121L (Physical Geology Lab) Section: 04
    • GEOL-3024 (Igneous & Metamrphc Petrology) Section: 01

    Fall 2015 Sections

    • GEOL-1121 (Intro Geosciences I:Phys Geol) Section: 03
    • GEOL-3603 (Environmental Geology) Section: 01W
    • GEOL-4063 (Plate Tectonics) Section: 01

    Summer 2015 Sections

    • GEOL-2553 (Geology of the National Parks) Section: E01

    Spring 2015 Sections

    • GEOL-1121 (Intro Geosciences I:Phys Geol) Section: 05
    • GEOL-3024 (Igneous & Metamrphc Petrology) Section: 01

    Fall 2014 Sections

    Summer 2014 Sections

    • GEOL-2553 (Geology of the National Parks) Section: N01

    Spring 2014 Sections

    • GEOL-1121 (Intro Geosciences I:Phys Geol) Section: 04
    • GEOL-1121L (Physical Geology Lab) Section: 03
    • GEOL-3024 (Igneous & Metamrphc Petrology) Section: 01

    Fall 2013 Sections

    • GEOL-1121 (Intro Geosciences I:Phys Geol) Section: 02
    • GEOL-1121L (Physical Geology Lab) Section: 08
    • GEOL-3603 (Environmental Geology) Section: 01

    Summer 2013 Sections

    • GEOL-2553 (Geology of the National Parks) Section: N01

    Spring 2013 Sections

    • GEOL-3024 (Igneous & Metamrphc Petrology) Section: 01
    • GEOL-4063 (Plate Tectonics) Section: 01W
  • Publication List

    Strain rates at high temporal resolution from curved inclusion trails in garnet, Passo del Sole, Central Swiss Alps [View Publication]