Associate Professor


Contact Info

Institution: University of Nevada, Reno

Phone: (775) 682-7205

Address: University of Nevada, Geology and Geological Engineering 1664 N. Virginia, MS 0172, Reno, Nevada 89557, US


Research Disciplines

  • Climate Change

  • Fluvial Geomorphology

  • Geology

Research Interests

natural hazards, geomorphology, erosion, post-fire runoff and debris flows, abandoned mine lands


Geomorphic and Environmental Characterization of the Abandoned Mine Lands of Perry Canyon, Washoe County, Nevada and Remediation of Perry Canyon Acid Mine Drainage., Bureau of Land Management, (Aug. 2, 2021 – September 1, 2024)
A Cooperative Partnership between Bureau of Land Management and the University of Nevada, Reno for Environmental Characterization and Remediation of the Abandoned Mine Lands of Perry Canyon, Washoe County, Nevada., Bureau of Land Management,  (July 1, 2017 – Aug 1, 2021)


My research draws from both Earth science and engineering to formulate and test mechanistic, predictive models that quantitatively describe the behavior of surface processes such as floods, landslides, and debris flows.


  • 2014 – present,  Dept. of Geological Sciences and Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno
  • 2012 – 2013 ,   Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts  Institute of Technology, and ETH Zurich
  • 2012, Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder, Geological Sciences
  • 2005, B.S., cum laude, University of Washington, Seattle, Geology
  • 2005, B.A., cum laude, University of Washington, Seattle, Business Administration