GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Ethan is a second-year Ph.D. advised by Dr. Claudio Faccenna and co-advised by Dr. Nicola Tisato and Dr. Thorsten Becker. His research interests include structural geology, tectonics, fault mechanics, and tectonic geomorphology. Ethan uses field observations, thermochronology and laboratory experiments to study how landscapes deform in response to tectonic and climatic forces. The field component of his research is focused on the Cenozoic evolution of the Northern Caribbean Plate Boundary. In particular, using the geology of Hispaniola as a key record of plate boundary reorganization in the region. To better understand how faults grow, evolve, and uplift mountains, Ethan conducts laboratory experiments aimed at testing the frictional behavior of rocks and crustal analog materials. These materials will be implemented into a state-of-the-art tectonic sandbox model at the Pickle Research Campus as part of a large scale and interdisciplinary landscape evolution project.
structural geology, tectonics, analog modeling, rock friction
Claudio Faccenna, Thorsten Becker and Nicola Tisato
BSc., Geology, University of Florida, 2019 (Summa Cum Laude)