I am a quantitative geoscientist whose research focuses primarily on understanding the processes that form Earth's surface, or a field of geology known as geomorphology. Currently, I am working as 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 dissertation was focused on climate-dependent chemical weathering and the erosion of bedrock rivers: "Feedbacks among chemical weathering, rock strength and erosion with implications for the climatic control of bedrock river incision." This research has now been published in Nature & Geology.
For my postdoctoral fellowship, I am working with Dr. Patrick Belmont (USU), Dr. Phaedra Budy (USU), and Dr. Jon Czuba (Virginia Tech) to develop models of post-wildfire sediment dynamics that will help us understand potential impacts on downstream infrastructure and aquatic ecosystems, specifically native trout populations. I am also working on a number of other projects related to rivers, wildfire, and land-use changes that involve collaborations with Dr. Peter Wilcock (USU), Dr. Larissa Yocom (USU), and Dr. Lee MacDonald (Colorado State).
Generally, my research interests include bedrock river erosion, weathering processes, bedrock channel meandering, bedload transport, saltation-abraison 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.