Petrology and Geochemistry
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
631 Strong Hall
1621 Cumberland Ave
Knoxville, TN 37996-1410
I grew up in Washington State and gained an appreciation for geology climbing mountains in the Cascades and Olympics. As an undergraduate at the University of Rochester, I wrote a thesis on the geochemistry of an anomalous crater on the Bolivian Altiplano. After two years in geotechnical and environmental consulting, I went on to graduate school at Brown University, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Texas at Austin, before joining the faculty at the University of Tennessee in 2017. In 2019, I was named the Larry and Dawn Taylor Assistant Professor of Planetary Geosciences. I use field investigations, experiments, and numerical models to understand processes that shape the evolution of planetary interiors and crusts, and to interpret their expressions in the rock record.