- Bachelor of Science, Earth Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz
- Doctorat d'Université , Géologie Structurale et Tectonophysique, Université de Nantes, France. Project: Structures des filons dans les massifs de péridotite
- Doctor of Philosophy, JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY
- Ph. D., Earth and Planetary Sciences, Johns Hopkins University. Project: Deformation of host rocks during growth of igneous domes, southern Henry Mountains, Utah
My collaborative investigations in pyroclastic volcanism, mineralogy, materials science, and archaeological science are breaking new ground in understanding how pyroclastic rock pozzolans produce durability, specialty properties, and long service life in ancient Roman mortars and concretes. I am especially interested in deciphering Roman methods and materials – and their geologic analogs in young hydrothermal systems – to produce innovative, environmentally-friendly cementitious masonry products and nucelar waste storage materials that benefit the modern world. The studies of Surtsey volcano resulting from the ICDP SUSTAIN drilling program in Iceland (http://www.icdp-online.org/projects/world/europe/surtsey/) in summer 2017 will provide extraordinary insights into geologic analogs for these processes.