Faults, fluids, earthquakes


I am an interdisciplinary geologist working at the intersection of structural geology, low-temperature geochemistry, geomechanics, and hydrogeology to understand the feedbacks between deformation and fluid movement in the earth’s crust. Although I am primarily a field geologist, my research also incorporates aspects of experimental deformation and numerical modeling. As such, I utilize a wide variety of approaches to explore the fundamental questions which drive my research program:

  • How does fluid flow in faults affect seismic and interseismic deformation?

  • How does deformation affect fault-zone fluid flow and crustal mass transport?

  • What are the controls on the nucleation and recurrence of large earthquakes?

Generally, I examine these questions within the context of issues relevant to modern societal needs, such as understanding earthquake processes, oil/gas/ore mineral exploration, CO2 sequestration, and ground-water resources.

For more details, please have a look at my active research areas.