Exploring the physics of earthquakes and landscapes

West Napa Fault

Ever since I moved to U.C. Davis I have been looking for an interesting local project on which to spend some research time. Northern California is of course very tectonically active. One place within the northern Coast Ranges that I have had my eye on for some time is Napa Valley. A year ago there wasn’t much happening there. Its gotten a lot more interesting since the August 2014 South Napa earthquake. Read More...

Exploring Yucaipa Ridge

I’ve always been intrigued by the rapid uplift rate of Yucaipa Ridge in southern California. I am starting a new project with my Ph.D. student, Alex Morelan, to try to figure out how this uplift works, and how it relates to earthquakes along the San Andreas fault through the San Gorgonio Pass. Read More...

Welcome to my research blog

My research program is always evolving, but my web pages tend to become static and stale. This blog is an attempt at something different. Rather than present tidy, comprehensive packages of my research, I intend to write about my work in progress. Read More...