B.A. Physics, Colorado College, 1989
Ph.D. Marine Geophysics, MIT/Woods Hole Joint Program, 1996

Professional History
2011-present:  Full Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, SOEST, Univ. of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI

2004- 2011: Associate Professor, Department of Geology and Geophysics, SOEST, Univ. of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI
2002- 2004: Assistant Professor, Department of Geology and Geophysics, SOEST, Univ. of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI
2000-2001: Assistant Professor, Department of Geology, University of California, Davis, CA
1996-1999: SOEST Young Investigator, Department of Geology and Geophysics, Univ. of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI
1990-1996: Research Assistant, MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography

Research Interests

My research focuses on the geodynamical processes of the convecting mantle, lithosphere, and crust associated with magmatism and tectonics throughout the ocean basins. The research tools I use include geophysics (seismology, gravity, topography), geochemistry, and numerical models. Examples of my recent projects are illustrated and explained below.

•Faulting and magmatism at mid-ocean ridges  

3-D geodynamic models of large detachment faults at mid ocean ridges

•Mantle deformation and seismic anisotropy

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•Dynamics of upper mantle flow and magma generation

Double-layering of the Hawaiian

mantle plume

Geochemical variations at intraplate hotspots caused by variable melting of

a veined mantle plume

Small-scale convection as a mechanism for intraplate volcanism

•Geophysical constraints in the structure of the crust and upper mantle (click images for information)

Dike complexes, cumulate cores, and extrusive growth of Hawaiian volcanoes

Landsides, submarine volcanism, and the origin of the South Kauai Swell

Gravity anomalies and the evolution of Kauai


•Mantle dynamics and geochemical variations at hotspots and mid-ocean ridges (click image for information)