My passion for the Earth Sciences began as an interest in astronomy when I was young. I spent a lot of time looking through my telescope imagining what it would be like to visit places like Saturn and Europa. My justification for starting a B.Sc. in Geology in 2006 was that I may as well learn about the Earth before the stars. Well, geology stuck and here I am elbow deep in Hawaiian basalt! My interests are varied, but I am especially fascinated by anything volcanism-related and how we might apply the things we know about Earth to the other planetary bodies of the Solar System.
My current research focuses on the geochemistry of the northernmost island of Hawai’i, Kaua’i, and involves systematic sampling of lavas from its main shield-building stage of volcanism. Using radiogenic isotopes, as well as major and trace element chemistry, this research will assess whether Kaua’i lavas show predominantly Loa- or Kea-like isotopic signatures, how they are distributed in space and time, and how they compare the other Hawaiian Islands. This will allow us to explore the dynamics of the Hawaiian mantle plume at an exciting time in its history when its chemical structure seemingly changed and its magmatic output increased by up to 300%.
ERTH 1006: Introductory Geology
ERTH 2104: Igneous Systems, Geochemistry and Processes