I hold three degrees in geography: a B.A. from Plymouth State University (mentor - Maynard W. Dow); an M.A. from Arizona State University (advisor - Ronald I. Dorn); and a Ph.D. from Arizona State University (advisor - William L. Graf).

My research is driven by a keen interest in geomorphology and understanding environmental change through interpreting process-form relations. Several ongoing projects analyze high-resolution DEM data gathered with Airborne Laser Swath Mapping and Terrestrial Laser Scanning techniques. The ability to conduct repeat surveys at a location permits an understanding of landscape and landform dynamics as they relate to "natural" and human-induced environmental changes. I am currently collaborating with several students and faculty on research in Colorado, the Mojave Desert, Tennessee, and Japan.

Outside of work and frequently incorporated into field work, I enjoy cooking, hiking, canoeing, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, and snowboarding.



An overarching goal of geography has been to link process and form. At present, quantitative measures of form have lagged considerably behind those of process mechanics. The goal of this project is to use high-resolution digital elevation data to produce quantitative measures of alluvial fan surface complexity. While quantifying fan surficial features is an important issue, this research strives to move beyond pure geomorphometric analysis and link the quantitative surface measures with equally quantitative measures of processes to better understand fan evolution.

Current research:

1. Topographic signature of fans in Death Valley
2. Surficial patterns of debris deposition
3. Unravelling fan surface complexity
4. Comparing surface complexity of arid and humid fans.


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