I am interested in landscape responses to advection in the mantle and atmosphere. I use numerical models to simulate the translation of strain through the lithosphere to the Earth’s surface, and I take particular interest in how material strength evolves in tectonically active regions, how it influences differential displacement of the lithosphere, and how it influences erosion rate at the Earth’s surface. Much of the recent work done by me and my research group focuses on topographic anisotropy generated by the exposure of weakened fault zones in actively deforming and eroding regions. We are currently working on simulations that couple tectonic, surface, and atmospheric processes in order to better explore the intricate feedbacks that arise between systems.
Other interests include ice flow dynamics, sediment transport, thermal stress, fracture mechanics, fractal analysis, and homebrewing.