University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Discussing Structural Inversion of the Kaibab Uplift from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona.

GEOS 304–Structural Geology: This course explores the tectonic forces that act upon the earth’s crust, and the many manifestations of how the crust responds, through the formation of faults, joints, folds, fractures, and ductile fabrics.  Lab exercises emphasize how to measure, characterize, and map these features, and field trips help students gain practical experience recognizing, measuring, and mapping them in nearby outcrops and relating them to the tectonic history of southern Arizona.

GEOS 421/521–Petroleum Geology and Applied Geophysics:  This course explores the geology of petroleum systems, including the geologic conditions and processes that control the formation of the essential elements of a petroleum system and the technological tools and methods that are used in petroleum exploration, with an emphasis on case studies and exercises from a broad range of global tectonic settings.

GEOS 477/577–Active Tectonics (co-taught with Rick Bennett): This course covers a diverse range of topics including discussion of the observational methods available for and challenges to studies of active tectonic processes, particularly with regard to earthquake hazards in the continents. We will explore active tectonics examples from around the world. Topics to be covered may include: rock mechanics, the mechanics of earthquakes and faulting, earthquake rupture dynamics, crustal deformation, paleoseismological methods, tectonic geomorphology, and geodynamics as applied to the problems of hazard assessment and mitigation. Featuring a brand-new field trip to visit active structures in their natural habitat in Southern and Central California!

GEOS 496/596–Geologic Structures of the Colorado Plateau (co-taught with George Davis): This class is a research project-based course in which we discuss and use quantitative structural methods to gain a better understanding of geologic structures, in this case, focused on the structures of the Colorado Plateau.  After a series of lectures on a geologic overview of the Colorado Plateau and quantitative structural modeling methods and data synthesis tips, each student will choose a geologic feature, sub-region, or structural problem which they will use what they have learned to apply modern structural methods and concepts to conduct independent research on these structures.

GEOS 499/599–Independent Study: Independent research projects in quantitative structural geology and applied geophysics; specific topics determined on a case-by-case basis.

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Teaching Fellow, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, 2007-2011

Research Advisor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, 2011