About Sean

I am an Earth Scientist interested in geomorphology, active tectonics, landscape evolution, and critical zone science. My research is multidisciplinary and usually involves some combination of fieldwork, geochronology, geographic information systems (GIS), numerical modeling and laboratory and data analysis. My projects span topics from the development of topography above subduction zones to the influence of large continental earthquakes on erosion and sediment transport to the co-evolution of landscapes and aquatic species. I am currently working on projects in Europe (Greece, Italy), Asia (Nepal, China), and the US (southern Appalachians, southern California).

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  • Critical Zone Science, Earth Surface Processes, Geodynamics, GIS, Geology, Geomorphology, Natural Hazards, Tectonics


Ph.D., Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences - North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC, 2013

M.S., Geology - Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA, 2008

B.A., Geology/Political Science - The University of Vermont
Burlington, VT, 2004

Awards, Honors, Grants

  • Turner Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Michigan, 2013