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Photo: Gharishankar Sunset, Nepal

Education

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Geology, The University of Maryland, College Park (May 2013)

    • Dissertation title: The tectonics of intraplate regions: Quantifying stress and surface deformation in the central and eastern U.S. and planetary analogs on Mercury and the Moon (Download)

  • M.S., Geology, The University of Maryland, College Park (August 2009)

    • Thesis title:  Topographic signatures in the Himalaya: A geospatial survey of the interaction between tectonics and erosion in the Modi Khola valley, central Nepal (Download)

  • B.S., Environmental Studies, The University of North Carolina at Asheville (May 2007)

    • Concentration in Earth Science.  Member of liberal arts honor program.

    • Undergraduate Research Project title:  Non-destructive chemical characterization of ceramic sherds from Shipwreck 31CR314 and Brunswick Town (Download)

 

Qualifications

  • Reactor Technical Reviewer Qualification, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Office of New Reactors (April 2015)

    • Agency-based training program covering topics including risk-informed regulation, the new reactor licensing process, cross-cutting technical reviews, public communications, lessons learned from major nuclear industry events, and technical reviewer training

 

Geoscience Skills and Experience

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

    • Software packages – ArcGIS

    • Extensions – Spatial Analyst, 3D Analyst

    • Applications – Digitization of geologic and topographic features, image rectification, design and importation of 3D models (ArcScence, Google Earth, Google Sketch-UP, Visual Nature Studio), geodatabase design

  • Remote Sensing

    • Software packages – ENVI

    • Knowledge of digital image processing and analysis applied to satellite and aircraft land remote sensing data, preprocessing steps including calibration and geo registration, analysis methods include digital image exploration, feature extraction, thematic classification, and change detection.

    • USGS ISIS software - Planetary image rectification, processing, and analysis 

  • Field Mapping

    • North Carolina Geological Survey - Mapping and consolidation of eight quadrangle geologic maps, basics of landslide hazard mapping

    • Experience in structural and geologic mapping, measuring stratigraphic sections, assessment of regional metamorphic strain, collecting oriented samples, and preparing samples for thin section.  Extensive background in geologic mapping in a GIS environment (trained faculty and students).

  • Operation of Scientific Equipment

    • Surveying – static GPS, RTK survey-grade GPS and, total station experience, knowledge of historical leveling measurements used to establish the geodetic reference for the USA.

    • Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), X-ray energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS)

  • Programming Language Experience

    • Understanding of basics and concepts of programming

    •  C++, Java, Visual Basic 6.0, Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), IDL, jupyter notebook

    • Applied programming design for ArcGIS using ArcObjects

    • Website design and creation

  • Computer Software Skills

    • PSHA - probabilistic seismic hazard analysis

    • Earthquake Site Response - Strata

    • Matlab – programming, graph and figure creation, extraction of river steepness using GIS stream profiler toolbar, Coulomb elastic dislocation modeling

    • SigmaPlot – data importation, graph construction, and data visualization

    • Statistics software and environmental modeling – S-Plus, R, Stella

    • GPS – dataprocessing using GAMIT/GLOBK software

    • Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop – Figure drafting, poster preparation, digital image preparation

    • Office Suite (Excel, Word, Powerpoint) – Manuscript preparation, professional presentations

    • Operating System Experience – Windows, Red Hat Linux, Linux Mint, Ubuntu, Mac OS X 

  • OSHA

    • 40-Hour HAZWOPER as per 29 CFR 1910.120(e)

 

Specialized Training

  • Field Experience

    • Arizona Advanced Field Methods, University of Maryland (January 2009): Three-week advanced field methods course focused on mapping geologic features in basin and range of southern Arizona near Tucson.  Included detailed structural mapping, measuring stratigraphic sections, and determining degrees of regional metamorphic strain

    • Geology Field Camp, Miami University (Summer 2007):  Five-week field methods course emphasizing field description and measurement of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks, tectonic evolution of the western Cordillera, interpretation of regional and outcrop scale structures, and traditional geologic mapping updated with remote sensing, GPS, and GIS techniques. Spent the first two weeks in the Snake River Plain and Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Banff, Jasper and Yoho national parks. Then moved to the field station headquarters at Timberline Ranch on the northeast flank of the Wind River Mountains, where we mapped geologic structures of the Wind River Range and Absaroka Mountains.

 

  • Geologic Workshops and Short Courses

    • Earthworm Instrumental Software Technologies, Inc., Course - an Open Source software system used globally for regional and local network seismology (June 2020)

    • AEG Geologic Mapping in the Digital Era: Data Collection and Rock Slope Stability Analysis (September 2019)

    • Developing and Visualizing Community Seismic Velocity Models (April 2019Seismic Instruments for the Coming Decade (April 2019)

    • ASCE Fundamentals of Earthquake Engineering (March 2019)

    • ASCE Geotechnical Applications of Geophysics (March 2019)

    • ECA-101DW – Consequence Assessment Overview (December 2018)

    • In-situ Seismic Testing: What Engineers Should Know About Quality and Uncertainty (June 2018)

    • Probabilistic Seismic Hazards Assessment: from Basics to Induced Seismicity (April 2017)

    • Symposium of Environmental and Engineering Geophysicists – GeoDroneology Short Course (March 2016)

    • American Society of Civil Engineers – Earthquake Induced Ground Motions (September 2015)

    • SSA Field Trip: Past Earthquakes and Active Structures of the Los Angeles Region (April 2015)

    • SSA Walking Tour: Earthquake Engineering 101 Walking Tour of Pasadena Structures (April 2015)

    • The 1964 Earthquake, Tsunamis, Paleoseismology, and Subduction Processes in Southcentral Alaska (April 2014)

    • GSA/UNAVCO workshop – Terrestrial Laser Scanning (Ground-Based LiDAR) Methods and Applications in Geologic Research and Education, Charlotte, NC (November 2012)

    • UNAVCO – GAMIT/GLOBK and DEFNODE Workshop, Miami, FL (November 2010)

    • ESRI - Better Ways to Design and Share Maps, Washington, DC (May 2010)

    • AAPG workshop - Geology and Geophysics in Industry, College Park, MD (March 2010)

    • GSA workshop - Digital Mapping Techniques in the Geosciences, Portland, ME (March 2009)

    • SEG/ExxonMobil Student Education Program, Las Vegas, NV (November 2008)