I am a quantitative Earth scientist whose research focuses on understanding the processes responsible for shaping 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 focused on understanding how climate influences the erosion of bedrock rivers and was entitled "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 the journals Nature and Geology.
For my postdoctoral fellowship, I am working with Dr. Patrick Belmont (USU) and Dr. Jon Czuba (Virginia Tech) to develop modeling frameworks of post-wildfire erosion and sediment dynamics that will help us predict potential impacts on downstream infrastructure and aquatic ecosystems. I am also working on a number of other projects at USU related to rivers, wildfire, population ecology, and land-use changes that involve collaborations with Dr. Phaedra Budy (USU), Dr. Peter Wilcock (USU), Dr. Larissa Yocom (USU), and Dr. Lee MacDonald (Colorado State).
My other 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.