I am a quantitative geoscientist whose research focuses primarily on understanding the processes that form Earth's surface, or a field we call geomorphology. Currently, I am a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Watershed Sciences at Utah State University.
I earned my Ph.D. in Geosciences from the The University of Texas at Austin in 2016, where I worked with Dr. Joel Johnson. My research was focused on chemical weathering and climatic controls on bedrock rivers, and my dissertation was titled, "Feedbacks among chemical weathering, rock strength and erosion with implications for the climatic control of bedrock river incision."
For my postdoctoral fellowship I am working with Dr. Patrick Belmont and Dr. Phaedra Budy studying the effects of wildfire and subsequent debris flows on river networks and aquatic ecosystems. This interdisciplinary research is aimed at advancing our understanding of both post-wildfire sediment dynamics and the viability of trout populations in the Intermountain West.
My other current and previous research includes studies on bedrock river erosion, weathering processes, bedrock channel meandering, bedload transport and erosional dynamics, sediment and soil production, post-wildfire sediment dynamics, population ecology modeling, river restoration, and applications of terrestrial and airborne LiDAR for high-resolution topographic change detection.