My research focuses on the role of mineralogy, petrology and rock physical properties in geological processes of importance to society and industry. I use a combination of experimental rock mechanics and analytical techniques to evaluate the strength and mechanical stability of rocks under changing physico-chemical conditions.
In particular, I study the mineral changes that occur as a result of temperature and pressure gradients in faults and fractured zones. By quantifying rock physical properties, my work provides data to support a safer exploitation of the subsurface for energy generation and carbon capture and storage.
You can read more about my work at Columbia and LDEO in my Earth Institute page