I am interested in the deformation of geological materials, studies of rock friction and plastic flow of ice. My rock friction research focuses on gaining an understanding of the fundamental micromechanical processes that are responsible for the dependence of frictional resistance on slip speed, slip displacement and time, with important applications for understanding earthquake mechanics. My ice deformation research focuses on understanding grain-size sensitive flow processes and the ways these may control the deformation of ice on the Earth in glaciers and ice caps as well as on icy satellites, such as those of Jupiter and Saturn.
I received my Ph.D. in Geophysics at the University of Minnesota/Minneapolis in 1991. I served as a Research Assistant to the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Minnesota from 1991 to 1997. In 1997 I came to the Department of Geological Sciences at Brown University as a Research Associate, and was promoted to Associate Professor, Research in 2008.
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