I am a Research Scientist at the Institute for Geophysics, Jackson School of Geosciences and a lecturer in the Department of Geological Sciences in the Jackson School. I hold a B.S. in Geological Sciences from University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill and a PhD from Lehigh University. My scientist interests include convergent and transitional tectonic deformation, tectonic-climate interactions, and bolide impacts. My primary techniques are marine geology and geophysical including seismic imaging and ocean drilling. Current and recent tectonic projects my students and I are working on include: subduction zone studies and seismic hazards offshore Japan and Indonesia; tectonic-climate interactions and transitional tectonics in the Gulf of Alaska, and the impact processes and environmental consequences of the Chicxulub impact structure offshore Mexico. For the latter, I am part of a team integrating geophysical imaging with 2-D and 3-D modeling of this large impact to better understand impact processes on rocky planets. We are seeking to mount a scientific ocean drilling expedition to drill a transect across this crater to answer fundamental questions about impact processes through direct sampling of crater features.