Abstract: Modeling and Assessing Transpressional Tectonics on Europa through General Shear

A glimpse of the surface of Europa

In the outer solar system, large planets have accrued a sum of moons which orbit them and vary in size from only a few kilometers across to roughly the size of the Earth’s moon. The four largest and most recognizable moons of Jupiter are Ganymede, Io, Callisto, and Europa, “discovered” by Galileo in 1610 with […]

The Dimetrodon Dilemma


Dimetrodon was the apex terrestrial predator of the early to middle Permian. This genus is a “pelycosaur”-grade synapsid, and a member of Sphenacodontidae the most derived family of basal synapsids. This “sail”-backed ancestor of mammals is conventionally depicted with sprawling posture, but this may be incorrect. Its trackways lack belly-dragging marks and its spine exhibits […]

Final Update: Looking Forward

I will be continuing my research as an honors thesis in the Geology department and I am very much looking forward to the results of the research eight months from now. Looking forward, I hope to complete a pollen analysis to determine what kind of plants are present in the lake catchment. Changes in vegetation […]