My research is focused on better understanding the growth of geologic structures–primarily faults, fractures, joints, and folds–through a combination of observations of natural structures and model-based understanding of the dynamic processes that govern their formation.  This requires integrated understanding across timescales, from individual earthquakes to the long-term geologic record, and spatial scales, ranging from millimeters to kilometers.  In order to do this, we use data and modeling approaches from across the geosciences, including from seismology, geophysics, geology, computer programming, numerical modeling, and solid mechanics.

Examples of the kinds of data that we collect and interpret include seismic reflection data, virtual outcrops, field-based geologic observations, and seismicity datasets.  Additionally, we are involved in using and developing several kinds of modeling approaches to better interpret these data and contextualize interpretations from them to improve our understanding of the growth of geologic structures.  For more specific details on some of these projects, click through the links below.

Past and current projects in our research group:

New methods and tools for kinematic modeling of fault-related folding

Mechanical modeling of long-term structural growth

General methods for improved interpretation of geologic structures

Characterization of natural fracture systems and processes

Mechanical controls on strain partitioning in transtensional and transpressive settings

Laramide shortening in the western U.S.

Regional seismic reflection interpretation and integrated basin modeling

Structural controls on fluid migration in sedimentary basins

Extraction of quantitative geologic information through algorithm development and collection of remote sensing and virtual outcrop data

Co-seismic deformation and structural growth