My current research projects include ca. 1 Ga ultrahigh-temperature metamorphism and migmatization in the Adirondack Highlands, New York; ca. 53 Ma ultrahigh-pressure subduction zone metamorphism in the India-Asia collision zone, and Miocene granite intrusion and mid-crustal channel flow processes in kyanite-bearing Greater Himalaya Sequence rocks, India; and the interplay between britle and ductile deformational processes in pseudotachylyte-bearing eclogite-facies shear zones in the Lofoten Islands, Norway.


External grants

  1. U.S. Geological Survey EDMAP program (2020-2021) part of the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program, “Geologic mapping of the Ledge Mountain migmatites, Rock Lake 7.5’ quadrangle, Adirondack Highlands, New York” (extended 1 year because of Covid-19 restrictions on research/travel), PI

  2. NSF Tectonics program (2013-2014) EAR 1406054, “Microstructural Analysis and EBSD Applications in Earth Sciences” (workshop using David Mainprice's MTEX/MATLAB), PI

  3. NSF Instrumentation & Facilities (2010-2013) EAR 0949176, Upgrade of Electron Microscopy Facility to Increase Geoscience Functionality at San Francisco State University, PI

  4. NSF Continental Dynamics (2010-2011) EAR 0965796, “Conference Support for the 25th International Himalaya-Karakoram-Tibet (HKT) Workshop” and “Future directions for NSF-sponsored geoscience research in the Himalaya/Tibet”, PI

  5. NSF CAREER — Tectonics, Petrology & Geochemistry, and Education and Human Resources (2009-2014) EAR 0847721, Petrogenetic affinity of Miocene granites to test the mid-crustal channel flow model in the Himalaya (two no-cost extensions to 2016), PI

  6. NSF Major Research Instrumentation (2008-2011) CHE 0821619, Acquisition of a FE-SEM to enhance research and student training in Biology, Chemistry, Geosciences, Physics, and Engineering at San Francisco State University, Co-PI

  7. NSF-AAAS Women's International Science Collaboration grant (2003-2004) Collaborative research on the petrotectonic evolution of the ultrahigh-pressure Tso Morari Crystallines, western Himalaya, India, PI

  8. NSF Continental Dynamics (2001-2005) EAR 0003355, Subduction and exhumation of ultrahigh-pressure rocks: Field and drilling studies in eastern China, ~20% of proposal effort

  9. University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (2001-2003) The impact of eclogite formation on the dynamics of continental collision

  10. NSF Office of International Science and Engineering (1999-2001) OISE 9901573, Mountain building in the Urals and the nature of ultrahigh-pressure metamorphism, PI