Exploring the Formation of Listwänite in the Semail Ophiolite in Oman

The term “listwänite” was first coined in the mid-1800s to describe ultramafic rocks that have been completely carbonated. Carbonation cannot happen in the lower crust or mantle – where ultramafic rocks form – due to the lack of CO2, so the process must occur after the rocks are obducted near to the surface. Therefore, listwänite […]

Mapping the Smith River Allochthon: An Enigmatic Piedmont Terrane

To most of us, the Earth’s surface is static. Humanity has so long relied on this assumption of permanence that the theory of plate tectonics was not fully accepted in the scientific community until the early 1960s. In research done since, geologists have found evidence of several ancient super continents that predate the well-known Pangea. […]

Starting Summer off Right…with My First-Ever Research Talk!

A bounty of shark teeth found on the fossil pile...I was ever in search of chompers from Megalodon

Back at the end of May, I started off my summer with a road trip to Aurora, NC for the 11th annual meeting of the Southeastern Association of Vertebrate Paleontology (SeAVP) and 25th Anniversary Aurora Fossil Festival. SeAVP is a smaller regional conference, and it was a great place to give my first research talk. […]