Professor, Earth and Environmental Science and
Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM)
Honors and Awards: 2016 Gordon Warwick Medal, 2010 Luna B. Leopold Award
Research Expertise: Geophysics | Soft materials | Fluid mechanics
Experimental geophysics, with a focus on geomorphology (the "science of scenery"). My research examines the spatial and temporal evolution of patterns that emerge at the interface of fluid and sediment on Earth and planetary surfaces. Our group uses laboratory experiments, combined with field work and theory, to elucidate the minimum number of ingredients that are required to explain physical phenomena. Particular foci include: granular physics of fluid-driven (water and wind) sediment transport and geological hazards; landform dynamics including dunes, river channels, fans and hillslopes; stochastic and nonlinear transport processes; and landscape response to dynamic boundary conditions such as climate.
PhD 2006 in Geophysics - MIT
B.S. 2001 in Environmental Engineering - Drexel University