Etosha National Park, Namibia

Etosha National Park, Namibia

at work

I am geologist with over 15 years of professional experience since graduating from the Master of Geology program at the University of Leicester in 2000. I started studying geology at Regent House Grammar School in Northern Ireland, loved it, and then went to Leicester in 1996; I eventually left Leicester with a PhD in physical volcanology and structural geology in 2006.

After that I started a three year post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of British Columbia, followed by a 1 year visiting researcher fellowship at the Geological Survey of Canada in Vancouver, BC. I then moved to the US and took up a one year visiting assistant professor position at Franklin and Marshall College in beautiful Lancaster, PA, where I taught physical geology, volcanic and environmental geology, and tectonics. I moved to the Earth Research Institute at the University of California Santa Barbara for a one year research position in the summer of 2011. I was as an assistant professor in the Department of Geosciences at California State University Bakersfield from September 2012 to July 2016. 

I started as an assistant professor in the Department of Geology and Geography at West Virginia University in July 2016. I teach a variety of general education, undergraduate major, and graduate-level classes covering petrology, tectonics, volcanology, natural hazards, and field geology. In addition I supervise several graduate students researching aspects of structural geology, Cordilleran tectonics, and volcanology.

 Buddy at Summerland Beach in 2012

Buddy at Summerland Beach in 2012

at home

My wife Sarah and I live in Morgantown, West Virginia with our German Shepard (Luna) and fourteen cats (Missy, Captain, Fred, Muppet, Womble, William, Berwood, Mister Jones, Kitkat, Mars, Snickers, Squeaky Cow, Spot, and Magellan). If we are not geologizing or serving our animals, we are working in our backyard.

Our pets