I am interested in exploring links between landscape evolution and other dynamic systems in earth science to enhance our understanding of the coupling and feedback between systems that are typically investigated independently. My current research is focused on understanding how tectonic events impact biodiversity and evolution using numerical models that couple landscape evolution and phylogenetics. Additionally, I am working on how strike slip strain is recorded in regions of active sedimentation and erosion.
My PhD research was focused on the mechanics and spatiotemporal deformation patterns of an actively eroding salt system within Canyonlands National Park, Utah. I used three-dimensional mechanical models to understand how salt flow and overburden displacement change in the presence of complex topography. Results show the first-order impact of three-dimensional differential unloading— driven by erosion of river and stream channel networks— on salt flow and points to tight coupling of surface and subsurface processes. InSAR results provided high resolution velocity fields of surface deformation and show that slip rates along the faults in the main part of the array are systematically faster with closer proximity to the Colorado River canyon and its adjacent tributaries. These InSAR results also provide insight into the evolution and temporal displacement patterns of an actively linking fault system.
PhD, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder, 2017
BA, Geosciences Department, Smith College, 2011