I am an associate professor here in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences. My research interests include mechanical weathering, soil science and geomorphology with applications to landscape evolution, active tectonics and paleoclimate problems. I am currently conducting research in the Piedmont of South and North Carolina, the Blue Ridge of Virginia, granite domes of California and the Eastern United States and the alpine environments of the San Juan Mountains of Colorado (see below). Feel free to email or call any time to talk about potential student research opportunities in these areas.
Photo right: Students collecting crack data for outcrops in Shenandoah National Park, VA. Cosmogenic Radionuclide analyses by Dr. Gregory S. Hancock at William and Mary College provide erosion rates for different rock types in the field area. Our recent work seeks to understand how the fracture mechanics properties of these rocks influence their erosion, and thus the long-term landscape evolution of the classic Valley and Ridge landscape of central Virginia.
Charlotte, NC is home the rest of the time . I spend my free time these days with my kids enjoying my garden.