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