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I'm a married man from the Midwest and the owner of two obnoxious Husky/German Shepherd dogs. I enjoy hiking, canoeing, rock climbing, biking, gardening, and dabbling in martial arts.
2012-Present: Ph.D. student in Metamorphic Petrology at the University of Montana; Advisor: Julie Baldwin
2006: B.S. Geoscience and Outdoor Education double major; Northland College--Ashland, WI
Fall 2012: Geo 102: Introduction to Geology Lab
Field of Study
Just as cratons form the core of continents, our understanding of craton evolution is central to geology. Understanding the assembly of the North American Craton, Laurentia, requires placing constraints on the metamorphic history of the Laramide basement-core uplifts in Montana. Laurentia is made up of six Archean provinces that were amalgamated between 2.0-1.7 Ga. The suturing of the Wyoming province along three margins from 1.85-1.72 Ga resulted in the stabilization of the majority of Laurentia. The Ruby Range, in southwestern Montana, which is the focus of my studies, is situated at the northwest margin of the Wyoming province.
Precambrian lithosphere of the Ruby Range, Montana, uniquely preserves a cross section of Archean to Proterozoic rocks that record the crustal evolution of the Wyoming province at its western margin from 2.7 to 1.7 Ga. To place constraints on the tectonometamorphic history of the Ruby Range, structural, and petrological analyses will be integrated with in situ U-Pb dating of monazite, zircon, and titanite.
I hypothesize that the Ruby Range represents a transect from passive margin sediments to accreted Proterozoic crust to Archean cratonic lithosphere that uniquely preserves the suturing history and stabilization of western Laurentia.