MY RESEARCH

My research focuses on understanding the dynamic processes controlling the tectonic and stratigraphic evolution of sedimentary basins using geophysical data and numerical models.

MACHINE LEARNING

Machine learning describes a set of computational methods that are able to learn from data to make accurate predictions. Applying these methods to seismic reflection data allows us to analyze them more effectively.

MAGMATISM

When continents rift, magmatism can produce large volumes of melt that migrate upwards from deep below the Earth’s surface. To understand how magmatism impacts rifting, it is critical to understand how much melt is generated and how it transits the crust.

SHEAR ZONES

During extension, compression or strike-slip motion, shear zones accommodate large amountsof strain in the crust. Our understanding of these processes critically depends on our ability torecognize shear zones in the subsurface.

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BASEMENT STRUCTURES

Basement structures, such as shear zones, intrusions and domes can exert key controls on the evolution and final architecture of rifts and rift systems.

POLYGONAL FAULT SYSTEMS

Polygonal fault systems have been documented in over 100 basins worldwide and consist of large numbers of small layer-bound normal faults, which in plan view have a polygonal arrangement covering areas of up to 2,000,000 square kilometers.

SILICA DIAGENESIS

Silica diagenesis describes two dissolution-precipitation reactions: (1) amorphous biogenic silica (opal-A) to cristobalite/ tridymite lepispheres (opal-CT) and (2) opal-CT to micro-crystalline quartz. These reactions can change the fluid flow and physical properties of the host rock.