My research focuses on the geomechanics of granular materials, with a special interest in geophysical phenomena occurring
in nature and engineering problems in industry. Granular materials span a range of scales, from the micro-scale in grain
phenomena to the macro-scale in large systems such as avalanches and dunes. Despite their importance, granular materials
remain poorly understood; due to the lack of a comprehensive physical description, mathematical tools and techniques are
insufficient to fully predict behavior of granular materials in industrial and natural applications at this time.
In my research program I aim to gain a deeper understanding of the physics of granular materials across all different scales
and flow regimes. My interests can be classified into the following areas:
- wave propagation in a particulate material,
- failure mechanisms and avalanching of a granular material and
- near-surface geophysical techniques to characterize soil, sand and geophysical mass flows.
Although I am first and foremost an experimentalist, I also employ numerical simulations to develop analytical models and
to form a comprehensive picture of open research questions.