As members of the Institute for Rock Magnetism, my group has a special focus on understanding the variability in the direction and strength of the Earth's magnetic field on timescales that range from years to millions of years. We routinely isolate the primary paleomagnetic recordings in a variety of materials including igneous and sedimentary rocks with a special focus on paleointensity and tectonics.
My research group uses a combination of geophysical approaches (e.g., rock magnetism, paleomagnetism, gravity), material characterization techniques (e.g., scanning and transmission electron microscopy, scanning force microscopy, X-ray diffraction), and field geology methods to critically examine a broad range of scientific problems. These tools enable us to collaborate with specialists from a variety of disciplines, including the geosciences, anthropology, soil science, planetary geology, material sciences, physics, chemistry, and biology. Our research aims to understand the fine details of processes that operate on global, tectonic, outcrop, and nanometer scales.