My research interests are in structural geology, metamorphic petrology, and the overlap between the two. Much of my past research has been focused on the relationship between metamorphic mineral growth and fabric formation. I continue to have interest in the PTD-t evolution of North America and the growth and evolution of continental crust in general. I have developed an ever-growing interest in microstructural processes, mineral-scale deformation mechanisms, and strain localization, both regional and microscale. My current research is focused on studying the microstructural and rheological evolution of the Sand Hill Corner Mylonite (part of the Norumbega Fault System, Maine), a shear zone that exhibits mutually overprinting frictional and viscous structures.
Competence in research methods is just as important as research interests in my opinion. I feel strongly that time spent in the field is critical for the interpretation of observational and analytical data. I work hard to learn new research techniques, such as electron-beam techniques (EPMA and EBSD), and to appreciate their applications and limitations.
Geoscience education, both in the classroom and in the public sphere, is also a very important research interest for me. I am continually striving to understand how students learn and what I can do as an educator to enhance their learning. I am becoming increasingly interested in how to incorporate new forms of media and technology into the classroom to appeal to the student of today in an evolving, media-driven global world.