Abbreviated CV

Positions Held

  • AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow  (2012 – present)  Work in the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Geothermal Technologies Program as a science advisor.
  • NSF Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow (2010 – 2012) An experimental study of temperature-dependent frictional healing processes: Implications for plate boundary tectonics and post-seismic healing.   Hosted by Penn State University with Dr. Chris Marone as scientific mentor

Education

  • University of Minnesota – PhD (Geophysics) 2006 – 2010.   Dissertation Title: Stress-driven melt segregation and reactive melt infiltration in partially molten rocks deformed in torsion with applications to melt extraction from Earth’s mantle.  Adviser: Dr. David Kohlstedt.
  • University of Vermont – MS (Geology) 2004 – 2006.   Thesis Title: Shear Zone Processes in the mid to lower Crust and the Structural Evolution of Central Fiordland, New Zealand.  Adviser: Dr. Keith Klepeis.
  • Brown University – BS (Geology, With Honors) –  1999 – 2003.  Senior Undergraduate Research Project: Magma emplacement or partial melting?  A textural and petrographic study of high grade gneisses at Ft. Phoenix, MA.item.  Adviser: Dr.L. Peter Gromet.

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • AGU Mineral and Rock Physics Graduate Student Research Award (2011)
  • NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship (2010).
  • Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory Postdoctoral Fellowship, Columbia University – Declined (2010).
  • Outstanding student speaker award  – Deformation mechanisms, Rheology, and Texture conference, Liverpool, UK, 6-9 Sept. 2009.
  • University of Minnesota Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (2009-2010)
  • Harold Mooney Fellowship, Newton Horace Winchell School of Earth Sciences, University of Minnesota (2008-09)
  • V. Rama Murthy / Janice Noruk Fellowship, Newton Horace Winchell School of Earth Sciences, University of Minnesota  (2008-09)
  • Richard Clarence Dennis Fellowship, Newton Horace Winchell School of Earth Sciences, University of Minnesota  (2007-08)
  • Summer Research Grant, Newton Horace Winchell School of Earth Sciences, University of Minnesota  (2007, 2008 & 2009)
  • Geological Society of America Graduate Student Research Grant  (2005 & 2009)
  • American Association of Petroleum Geologists Research Grant  (2005)
  • Susan Colver Rosenberger Prize, Department of Geological Sciences, Brown University (2003)
  • Odyssey Fellowship, Brown University (2002)
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