Assistant Professor of Geology
B.S. 2001 University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago
M.S. 2004 University of Florida
Ph.D. 2010 Texas A&M University
- GLY 101 Physical Geology
- GLY 306 Environmental Geology
- GLY 4/511 Applied Groundwater Geochemistry
- GLY 4/576 Hydrology
Geochemistry, Hydrogeology, Environmental Geology, Carbon Sequestration
I am fascinated by broad-impact scientific research that seeks to address complex issues related to the maintenance and/or improvement of environmental quality. My academic interests are therefore interdisciplinary in nature and unravel through synergistic activities in geochemistry and geoscience education.
From a geochemistry perspective, my research interests include the:
- Investigation/ modeling of structure-reactivity or structure-function relationships in complex natural and engineered systems,
- Development of innovative instrumentation and experimental techniques for investigating macroscopic and molecular-scale processes occurring in complex environmental systems;
- Synthesis and characterization of novel materials for environmental applications;
My current research thrust is in the areas of carbon management (specifically geologic carbon sequestration, CO2 capture and re-use, and environmental applications of pyrogenic carbon (biochars)), contaminant behavior in perturbed systems, and the application of modern calorimetric techniques in the geosciences.
From a geoscience education perspective, I have a keen interest in undergraduate research in the geosciences and the factors that influence novice (student)/ expert (faculty) productivity. Particularly, I am interested in the influence of factors of motivation (such as mentoring, career goals, institutional resources, compensation and cultural/socio-economic background) on participation and research quality.