Biography

 

I am a postdoc at Syracuse University in the Department of Earth Sciences. I consider myself a multidisciplinary scientist whose research spans the fields of structural geology, tectonophysics, and volcanology.  

 
 
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Tectonics

My research focuses on active and extinct extensional plate boundary environments such as Iceland and the eastern North American continental rift system. In these terranes, I employ quantitative techniques such as paleostress inversion and kinematic analysis, in addition to traditional structural mapping, to understand tectonic evolution at a rift-wide scale. In the global context, my goal is to contribute to the understanding of the Wilson cycle from the onset of supercontinental rifting to mature seafloor spreading.

 
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Volcanology

I am also invested in experimental research related to the emplacement and rheology of basaltic lava flows. Through collaborations at the Syracuse Lava Project, I am working on building new models of active flow rheology. This integrates an array of techniques from 4D multispectral imaging to quantitative morphometrics. The goal of this research program is to generate new models of dynamic flow rheology, thus contributing to the fields of hazard forecasting and remote characterization of planetary lava flows.