Teaching Professor
Geosciences Research Division

Research Interests

  • Physical volcanology
  • Volcanic evolution of large, ignimbrite-producing calderas
  • Petrogenesis of intermediate to silicic magmas
  • Petrogenesis and geochemistry of continental, volcanic-arc systems
  • Geoscience education/pedagogy; addressing student misconceptions in geoscience classes


  • Ph.D., Washington State University
  • M.S., Boise State University
  • B.A., Franklin and Marshall College


  • UCSD Panhellenic Chapters Outstanding Faculty Award (2018)
  • Sixth College Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award (2012)
  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography Undergraduate Teaching Award (2011)
  • Teacher of the Year, College of the Environment and Life Sciences, University of Rhode Island (2009)