I am broadly interested in understanding the mechanisms and processes that control deep crustal behavior during tectonic events. To this end, I have worked on ancient exhumed swaths of deep crust that experienced thermotectonism to draw conclusions about how the currently deforming inaccessible protions of the crust likely behave.
Another key aspect of my research is reconstructing and understanding how the processes occurring in the deep crust modify the physical properties of this portion of the crustal column (e.g. density, seismic anisotropy). By getting a geologic handle on these transformations, more complete interpretations of geophysical data can be made. Additionally, undertanding these modifications can have direct implactions for geodynamic observable responses (e.g. uplift, subsedence).
To do this work I employ a range of techniques including: