My research focuses on applying a variety of different data sets and modeling techniques to the study of structural geology and active tectonics. Specific projects that I have worked on with John Shaw involve the development and use of discrete-element-based mechanical modeling, kinematic modeling, and observations from seismic reflection data, seismicity, paleoseismology , and geodetic data sets.
I am particularly interested in fault-related-fold geometry and mechanics. Understanding the relationship between fold and fault shape and the development of these structures over time is of critical importance to seismic hazard studies, the assessment of petroleum systems, and the identification and characterization of structures for CO2 sequestration.
Additionally, I am interested more generally in the distribution of stress and strain in fold and thrust belts, fracture distributions in fault-related folds, finite strain analysis, the role of obliquity in the development of individual structures and strain partitioning, restraining and releasing bend architectures in strike-slip environments, relating geomorphic indicators of active folding with subsurface interpretations of fault and fold geometries, the relationship between slip and uplift rates for different fault-related folding mechanisms, the role of discrete folding in co-seismic deformation, and how these issues relate to particular field areas of relevance to petroleum and natural gas systems and seismic hazard assessment.