I am a structural geologist interested in mountain belts, earthquakes, fault zones, and fault rocks. My work currently focuses on acquiring and interpreting active-source seismic images of the great-earthquake-producing Main Frontal Thrust (MFT) in Nepal, in an attempt to understand the geometry of the MFT and its basal detachment, the Main Himalayan Thrust (MHT). Both faults have generated major historical earthquakes, but their geometries, and possible links between geometry and seismogenic potential are still poorly understood. My previous research interests have focused on brittle faults and fault rocks and what can be learned from them about mountain belt dynamics and fault mechanics.

  • 2008 - Ph. D. - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
  • 1998 - M. Sc. - Imperial College, London, UK
  • 1995 - B. Sc. (Hons) -  University of St. Andrews, Scotland


Professional Experience:
  • 2017 – 2018 - Visiting Assistant Professor, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH, USA
  • 2016 - 2017 - Lecturer, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA
  • 2010 - 2015 - Research Scientist, Chevron ETC Seal and Trap Team; Houston, TX, USA
  • 2009 - 2010 - Post-doctoral Fellow, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA
  • 2007  - Geologist, ConocoPhillips Reservoir Structure Group, Houston, TX, USA
  • 2000 - 2002 - Engineering Geologist, Baker Engineering, New York City, NY, USA
  • 1999 - Geologist, Repsol Exploración, S.A.,  Madrid, Spain, Santa Cruz, Bolivia
  • 1998 - Mine Geologist,TVX Gold Hellas, S.A.,  Stratoni, Greece
  • 1996 - Geologist, Rainbow Mining & Development, Petersville, AK, USA