My interests

I am broadly interested in active tectonic processes and understanding the risks posed to humans. I love exploring outside and usually spend my free time doing a combination of camping, trail running, biking, hiking, and skiing.

How I became a scientist

As a daughter of two scientists, I swore off science before I ever gave it a chance, thwarting my parents’ attempts to send me to science summer camp with a firm belief that summers should be spent outdoors. I entered college open to any major except a science, but quickly found geology, which was unlike anything I studied previously: I found it fascinating, intuitive, and it included fieldwork! I participated in a Keck Geology Consortium project for undergraduates my senior year, studying the accretionary history of Mongolia. I loved the research process, but came away with a desire to focus on a project that would directly benefit society. This desire led to me pursue a Master’s degree in hydrogeology, where I felt I could combine basic research with relevancy. Now I work in active tectonics with the USGS Earthquake Hazards program. I love working in a field with so many unanswered questions and being able to combine fieldwork with remote sensing and modeling to study earth processes.

How my work benefits society

My research explores active faults and how deformation is expressed at the Earth’s surface in an effort to better understand how, when, and where earthquakes occur and improve seismic hazard analyses. An improved understanding of past earthquakes is critical in order to better prepare for future earthquakes and improve input data for the National Seismic Hazard Maps to help keep the public safe when large earthquakes occur.