I'm interested in using a variety of tools (geochemistry, experiments, field mapping, and numerical models) to understand how fluids interact with rocks and melts/mushes. My graduate research is focused on understanding how veins form at the magmatic-hydrothermal transition and how that affects porphyry Cu-Mo mineralization. I study trace element incorporation into quartz as a function of growth rate, pressure, and temperature.
I have experience mapping hydrothermally altered rocks using the Anaconda Method. I've taken several mapping classes, and have TA'd field camp at the UO. I have a broad working knowledge of structural geology.
I'm adept at using the microprobe and scanning electron microscope. I have experience using a FIB-SEM and PFIB-SEM as well as the TEM. I've worked with EBSD, LA-ICP-MS, and XRD. I am proficient in sample preparation, and the auxiliary skills needed to prepare for teh aforementioned techniques.
In addition, I have a rigorous background designing and conducting experiments. Specifically, I have used cold seal apparati extensively throughout my graduate work.
I use petrographic textural analysis as a compliment to the geochemical techniques listed above..
CRYSTALLOGRAPHY & MINERALOGY
I have a strong background in:
crystal growth and dissolution processes
thermodynamic phase equilibria
Examining the idea that "kinetic effects" are the signature of the thermodynamics of nanoparticles in natural systems
2009 - 2011
Clark Community College, Vancouver, WA
A. A. to Transfer
How fluids modify the composition of minerals in the mid-/upper- crust
Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
How magmatic and metamorphic processes connect together to control spatio-temporal processes and deposit type distributions
2011 - 2014
Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA B.Sci., Thesis Option
2014 - Present (Expected Graduation SPRING 2020)
University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
Ph.D. Earth Sciences
Advised by Dr. Mark H. Reed and Dr. James Watkins