Sean is interested in tectonic-climate interactions, the role of catastrophism in the geologic record and marine and planetary geophysical imaging at nested resolutions. His current projects include tectonic and glacial interactions in Alaska, geohazards and margin evolution of subduction and transform faulting in Alaska, Sumatra, New Zealand, and Japan, and the geologic processes, environmental effects, and habitability of the Cretaceous-Paleogene Chicxulub meteor impact.
- Marine and planetary geophysical imaging at nested resolutions and ground truth through drilling, coring, logging, and sampling.
- Tectonic processes, tectonic-climate interactions, and geohazards of convergent margins and transitional tectonic environments.
- Role of catastrophism in the geologic record including impact cratering, hurricanes, and tectonic events.
- Planetary habitability, impact generated ecosystems, biotic crises.
Ph.D., Lehigh University
B.S., University of North Carolina
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Sean is co-director of the Center for Planetary Systems Habitability, an interdisciplinary research center located virtually at The University of Texas at Austin reporting to the Jackson School of Geosciences. The center collaborates across disciplines, schools, and borders to understand the planetary systems where life could evolve, and how to find them.