I'm interested in understanding the relationship between paleoclimate and paleogeography, with an emphasis on how changes in these two large-scale systems are recorded in fine-grained sedimentary rocks.

SIGNIFICANCE & MOTIVATION

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Sedimentary rocks account for over 75% of Earth’s surface, and the sedimentary rock record preserves critical information for understanding Earth’s evolution. Sedimentary basins contain most of Earth’s natural resources including water, oil, natural gas, and coal, and studying the depositional histories of the rock sequences that contain these natural resources promotes efficient and successful discovery and utilization. 

 

I am interested in studying strata of the late Paleozoic, which was an exciting time in Earth's history: the construction of supercontinent Pangea and a critical climatic transition. This was the first and only time a vegetated planet has transitioned from an ice-house climate to a greenhouse climate, likely very similar to what we are experiencing on Earth today. The fine-grained sedimentary rock record is particularly interesting to me because of it's broad-range of applications related to source-to-sink systems, carbon-cycling in the marine hydrosphere/lithosphere, and pedogenesis.

CURRECT RESEARCH

Climatic influences on silt production in modern soils

Project details coming soon!

The role of atmospheric dust in the formation of organic-rich mudrocks

Project details coming soon!

Links between voluminous loess deposits following the collapse of major ice-houses

Project details coming soon!

INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH 

Utility and applications of machine learning in the geosciences

Project details coming soon!

PAST RESEARCH

The Abo Unit of Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument near Abo Pass field site in central New Mexico (although, we are pretty sure the stones are the Yeso Formation, not the Abo!).

Early Permian sediment transport systems during the final phase of Ancestral Rocky Mountain orogenesis

I worked on a provenance and sediment dispersal study for the Early Permian (Wolfcampian) Abo Formation throughout New Mexico for my masters thesis at New Mexico State University with Dr. Brian Hampton. The Ancestral Rocky Mountain system is still extensively researched due to it's ambiguous tectonic history, and this study supports the hypothesis that sediment transport systems of late Paleozoic Pangea are complex with influences from both fluvial and eolian transport mechanisms. 

This project currently has one publication in NMGS Special Publication 14 and one publication in preparation. 

NMGS Special Publication 14 

My advisor at NMSU (Dr. Brian Hampton) and I "touching" re-exposed basement rock of the ARM Pedernal uplift. This area is private land, so unfortunately we could not get much closer!