I have worked as a research geologist in the Landslide Hazards Program of the U.S. Geological Survey since 2002.
Prior to that, I worked in the private sector in California and Wisconsin, mostly investigating landslides and seismogenic ground displacement. My research primarily focuses on understanding conditions that result in the diverse characteristics of landslide motion, although I am also very interested in understanding controls of the onset of landslide movement and reactivation. My work includes characterizing and monitoring landslides in the field, laboratory testing, mathematical modeling, and assessing landslide hazards.
Education and Certifications
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, B.S., 1994, Geology
Purdue University, M.S., 1996, Engineering Geology
Kyoto University, Ph.D., 2020, Geophysics