About Me

Academic Biography

Ph.D. of Geosciences, 2015-present

Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA

Dissertation: Tomographic investigation of African and Antarctic upper mantle and short-period surface wave seismic event relocation.

Major Advisor: Dr. Andrew Nyblade


M.S. of Geosciences, 2013-2015

Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA

Thesis: Fossil anisotropy of the Mid-Atlantic region of North America from shear wave splitting observations.

White-Gaynor and Nyblade, Geology, 2017

Major Advisor: Dr. Andrew Nyblade


B.S. of Geosciences, Mathematics Minor, 2007-2012

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA

Major Advisor: Dr. Chester Weiss


Personal Biography

I grew up in Salem, Va, in the heart of the Blue Ridge, surrounded by the beauty of the forested Appalachian Mountains. Through my young, formative years, hiking and camping peeked my interest in the natural world. Ever since I have continued to push myself in both the understanding of natural phenomena, in particular the solid Earth, and the exploration of remote environments. During college, I found the Geosciences as a natural route through which to grow my academic career and have focused on studying seismology and tectonics through my PhD today. I continue to spend considerable time outdoors in both hobby and professional settings.