- Ph.D. Civil (Geological) Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, May 2007
- M.Sc. Earth Science (Geomorphology), University of California, Berkeley, May 2007
- M.Sc. Civil (Geotechnical) Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, December 2002
- B.S. Geological Engineering, University of Arizona: December 2000
My research focuses on the physics of processes shaping mountain landscapes and driving natural hazards. Specifically, I am interested in rock slope mechanics, bedrock erosion, alpine geomorphology, rock falls, rock slides and rock avalanches. I participate in many projects aimed to understand various aspects of steepland geosystems - examples include:
Thermomechanical forcing of periodic landslide motion, Monitoring seismic amplification in deep-seated slope instabilities, Paraglacial rock stability and cyclic stresses, Seismic monitoring and characterization of rock slides, Dating and reconstruction of prehistoric rock avalanches, and Snow avalanche erosion and sediment transport. My research relies heavily on field observations and monitoring data.