BIG HEAD “My biggest fault is that the faults I was born with grow bigger each year." - Haruki Murakami


What’s better than doing science? Doing science outside!

Fieldwork is my passion, and I use it to answer fundamental questions about how active faults work. And whether deploying seismic instruments, mapping fault damage zones, or collecting samples for lab analyses, there is always room for contribution from all levels of student from high school to full professor.

My active research areas include the Denali fault in Alaska, the San Jacinto fault in California, and the Wasatch fault right here in my backyard (almost literally: the mapped trace of the Wasatch fault is 80 meters from my front door). I am also commonly scouring Utah’s mountain ranges for precariously balanced rocks, which act as paleoseismometers to tell us about ancient earthquakes that occurred before written records. These trips virtually always involve student assistants.

If you’re interested in stretching your legs while doing science, check out my Precariously Balanced Rock (PBR) page; your help is invaluable!

Field Sites





Southern California


Yellowstone National Park