My research interests are varied, but I am especially excited by anything volcanism- and mantle geochemistry-related and how we might apply what we know about Earth to the other planetary bodies of the Solar System.
My current research focuses on the geochemistry of the Hawaiian Islands with implications that range from island-scale volcanism to the processes and chemical heterogeneities in Earth's mantle. For example, systematic sampling of lavas from the shield-building stage of the island of Kaua’i, coupled with radiogenic isotope analyses, major and trace element concentrations, olivine compositions, and argon geochronology, has helped us assess the geochemical and magmatic evolution of the Kaua’i volcano and constrain the long-term isotopic trends along the entire Hawaiian-Emperor volcanic chain that are controlled by the dynamics of the Hawaiian mantle plume and the Pacific tectonic plate: https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2019GC008451
ERTH 1006: Introductory Geology
ERTH 2104: Igneous Systems, Geochemistry and Processes