Structural Geology and Tectonics
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
710 Strong Hall
1621 Cumberland Ave
Knoxville, TN 37996-1410
My research interests in structural geology, metamorphic petrology, and tectonics range from mid-crustal flow to active tectonics. A common theme to my research is the spatial and temporal variability of strain partitioning at different scales and levels in the crust. I characterize the transition from melt-present flow to solid-state fabric development and quantify the kinematic evolution of high strain zones. I integrate detailed microstructural analyses, pressure-temperature estimates, and geochronology to constrain pressure-temperature-time-deformation paths that can reconstruct the tectonic evolution of mid-crustal rocks. I am interested in granite emplacement mechanisms as well as the relationship between melting and rheology of the crust. Through international collaborative research, I integrate my field-and lab-based specialties with thermochronology, geochronology and isotopic geochemistry to test the evolution of orogenic systems.Please see my personal webpage for more information.