Current Research

Welcome to my research page. You can select current research areas from the drop-down menu above.

I conduct field-based investigations of active faults and use numerical modeling to process the results of trenching, surveying and radiometric/optical dating. I am interested in optimizing field and statistical techniques to attack big picture questions in paleoseismology:

  • How can scientists more readily obtain age information from landscape features and deposits?
  • How can discontinuous, deformed geomorphic markers be correlated across great distances in lieu of age data?
  • Are multi-segment and/or multi-fault ruptures common on reverse faults? If so, how do we integrate this information into seismic hazard models?
  • How reliable are secondary (i.e. off-fault) records for determining the paleoseismicity of individual faults and regional strong ground motion?
  • How is the long-term structure and topography of a mountain range related to relatively recent fault motions?
  • Do low-angle normal faults produce large, surface rupturing earthquakes?

Select items from the drop-down menu to navigate to my approach to answering these questions.

Be sure to check out my blog from the field, links and current events to the right or from “Pop. Sci.” above.

Drop me a line if you’re interested in obtaining copies of my publications.