I am a seismologist in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Syracuse University. My research focuses on imaging the crust and upper mantle using surface waves, primarily. I am interested in understanding the mechanics of extensional environments (from continental rifting to seafloor spreading), the role of melt and volatiles in the upper mantle, and Earth’s thermodynamic state. I study these processes by building tomographic models of Earth’s interior that incorporate geochemical, geodynamic, and mineral physics constraints. I also have an interest in using data visualization and sonification as a tool for science communication and outreach.
I am currently looking for motivated students to join my research group. Please reach out to find out more about research opportunities and life at Syracuse University.
PhD in Seismology, 2021
MPhil in Seismology, 2019
MA in Seismology, 2017
BS in Physics, 2015
University of Missouri - Columbia
Reproducibility in science relies on open-source software. I have been involved in several projects providing community tools. Listed here are a few that I use on a regular basis for surface-wave measurements & imaging, ocean-bottom seismic data processing, anelastic modeling, and more.
Tool for accurately locating OBS on the seafloor using acoustic ranging data
A seismologist-friendly Matlab wrapper for the thermodynamic tool Perple_X that estimates Vp and Vs for a desired composition
Calculate ambient noise empirical Green’s functions and measure phase velocities
Measure multimode phase velocity dispersion using the Linear Radon Transform
Calculate synthetic seismograms for layered Earth models using the mode summation code MINEOS. Also outputs dispersion curves, sensitivity kernels, and eigenfunctions
Invert anisotropic phase velocities for anisotropy depth functions G, B, H, and E
Automated Surface-Wave Measurement System of Jin & Gaherty (2015), adapted for attenuation, amplification, and azimuthal anisotropy.
Automated Tilt and Compliance Removal to clean OBS data.
The Very Broadband Rheology calculator estimates mechanical behavior of olivine on timescales ranging from elastic to fully viscous.
Science communication and outreach are key components of my science. These efforts have ranged in scope from in-house events at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, including Research as Art, the Seismic Sound Lab, and Open House to working with middle and high school students at the American Museum of Natural History and speaking to undergraduates at minority-serving institutions as an IRIS Recruitment Speaker.
Most recently, I have been involved with the Career Opportunities and Research in Earth Sciences (CORES) program at Brown University, which aims to introduce Providence high school students to the Earth Sciences by bringing an interactive curriculum to their classrooms.
Getting out from behind the computer…