Ph.D. Candidate

Department of Geosciences

Pennsylvania State University






After receiving my B.S. in Geosciences at Virginia Tech, I relocated to Penn State for both my M.S. and PhD (currently underway). I have continued to focus my education on seismology and tectonics with a growing interest in the nuclear explosion monitoring domain. During my M.S. I focused on imaging seismic anisotropy throughout the Mid-Atlantic region of North America to gain insight into the tectonic history of the Appalachian and previous orogenies. I am currently working on a number of tomographic investigations of the crust and upper mantle in both Antarctica and Africa. I have gained much experience in the intricate art of field work during three field seasons in Antarctica. My interest in the societal impact of seismology in the nuclear explosion monitoring field has provided me opportunity to work at two national labs where I was exposed to the many interesting problems facing the global security research community. Please follow links for more information.

Academic Background

Ph.D. Candidate in Geosciences, The Pennsylvania State University, (present)

M.S. in Geosciences, The Pennsylvania State University, (2015)

B.S. in Geosciences, Mathematics Minor, Virginia Tech, (2013)

Research Interests

Seismic imaging of crust and upper mantle

Solid Earth-Cryospheric interactions

Seismic anisotropy

Seismic event type discrimination

Precise relative seismic event relocation


Field Work

I have had the opportunity to participate in three Antarctic field seasons. These include being stationed at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, WAIS Divide Field Camp, ALE Union Glacier Field Camp, and McMurdo Station. The goal of this work is to deploy, maintain, or recover broadband seismic stations throughout East and West Antarctica. I will be returning to Antarctica for my fourth field season this year and look forward to the many challenges that working in such remote and harsh conditions provides.

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