- PhD, Geological and Environmental Sciences, 1998—Stanford University
- MS, Geology, 1994—University of Akron
- BSc, BSc (Hons), MSc, Geology, 1990, 1991, 1994—University of Natal, Durban, South Africa
My research program incorporates the fields of structural geology, geomechanics, and tectonophysics, integrating field-based studies with lab-based numerical modeling analyses. I place strong emphasis on the use of analytical and numerical computation in order to better understand the mechanics of deformation in the Earth, and its application or usefulness to society. My work thus spans the gamut between theoretical and applied.
My interests lie predominantly in the characterization of fracture and fault systems in three dimensions and the mechanics of fault failure as applied to earthquake behavior and fault evolution. My work necessitates detailed characterizations of the state of stress in actively deforming environments, facilitating the prediction of fault behavior and associated deformation, such as folding and fracture development.
My work also has application to the geology of other planets and moons in the solar system. For example, I am working on NASA-funded projects investigating the development of faults and fractures in the ice crust of Jupiter's moon Europa, and Saturn's moons Enceladus and Titan. I am also interested in faulting and volcanological problems on Mars and earth's Moon.