Aoraki / Mount Cook in the Southern Alps, South Island of New Zealand


Chevron Energy Technology Company, Houston, TX

Exploration and New Ventures, Structural Geology Technical Services, and Interpretive Imaging Strategic Research Groups


Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

PhD., May 2012, Dept. of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Advisor:  John H. Shaw

Dissertation:  A Study of Contractional Fault-related Folding Kinematics and Mechanics and Comparison with Observations from Seismic Reflection Data

Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA

B.S. with Honors in Geology, June 2006, summa cum laude

Advisor:  Christopher D. Connors

Honors thesis:  Fold simplification and fault estimation for inverse modeling of fault-bend folding


  • AAPG Student Oral Presentation Finalist, June 2009
  • Harvard Bok Center Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, 2009, 2011
  • Goldwater Scholarship 2005
  • Phi Beta Kappa 2005
  • Omicron Delta Kappa 2006
  • American Institute for Professional Geologists Scholarship, 2005
  • Christian A. Johnson Fellow, R.E. Lee Research Program, 2004
  • Frank Young Award (2006), Lena T. Stevens Scholarship (2005), and Marcellus H. Stow Award (2004), Washington & Lee Dept. of Geology
  • George Washington Honors Scholar, Washington & Lee Univ. 2002-2006



Geological Society of America, American Geophysical Union, American Association of Petroleum Geologists



Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Harvard Geoclub, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

  • Co-President, 2008-2010. Organized and planned activities for department graduate students.
  • Co-Field Trip Planner, 2008. Planned and led an academic field trip to Wyoming and Montana for a group of 16 graduate students.

Agassiz lecture committee member, 2008-2009. Worked as a group to organize a student-nominated visiting lecturer for a week-long visit each semester.

Participation in the family lecture series with the Harvard Museum of Natural History

Science outreach with Gloucester Middle School