As a field-based structural geologist, I study how rocks squish and break in the interior of the Earth. I’m currently a postdoc in the Field Rheology Rowe Research Group at McGill University in Montréal, Québec, Canada. For more details on my research, check out my research project page.

I’m passionate about outreach and interested in developing new tools to increase interest and recruitment in the Earth Sciences. To find out more check my latest outreach project Viewing the Rock World.


My researched is centered on developing a better understanding of the structure, deformation behaviour and evolution of large faults and shear zones over the seismic cycle.

My work explores how the interaction of structure, rock deformation processes, and mineral reactions influences the slip behaviour of faults. Using observational field geology as the foundation of my methodology, I apply a field-to-nanoscale approach, starting at the scale of the mountainside outcrop, and working my way all the way down to the crystal lattice of the minerals within. This multi-scale approach allows me to probe questions across many spatial and temporal orders of magnitude, from the scale of the subduction megathrusts to the geological outcrop, down to a mineral’s crystal lattice, all the while pondering timescales ranging from an entire orogeny to the near-instantaneous earthquake rupture.

Here is (an incomplete) list of few of my project that will grow as I update this site.

Magnetite microstructures
The mineral magnetite is a ubiquitous component of serpentinite shears zones. While it might only makes up 5-15% of the serpentinite, it can often occur at critical sites, like along foliation planes or smeared along slip surfaces.
Magnificent mirrors
Fault mirrors are tectonically polished, highly reflective fault slip surfaces. These mirror-like surfaces form when slip along a fault plane, in combination with a range of possible physical processes (heat, comminution, fluid alteration, production of gels or nanograins), results in a reduction in surface roughness at the scale of the wavelength of visible light (100s of nanometers).
Cracks and carbonation
Carbonation reactions are currently being explored as a potential solution for long-term carbon storage. The principle is simple: react CO2, from the atmosphere or some industrial source, with a mineral to form a new mineral in which the carbon is locked away forever in the crystal lattice.
Cryptic crack-seals
New methodologies in serpentinite micro-structural and -mineralogical Raman mapping has led to the discovery of previous unseen fault rocks textures in crack-seal veins, consisting of alternative bands of lizardite and chrysotile.


Here you will find a list of my peer-reviewed paper. If you would like a pdf copy of anything listed, don’t hesitate to ask!

(2022). An evolutionary model and classification scheme for nephrite jade based on veining, fabric development, and the role of dissolution--precipitation. Scientific Reports.


(2022). Crystallographic orientation mapping of lizardite serpentinite by Raman spectroscopy. European Journal of Mineralogy.


(2022). Rheology of naturally-deformed antigorite serpentinite: Strain and strain-rate dependence at mantle-wedge conditions. Geophysical research letters.


(2021). A common type of mineralogical banding in serpentine crack-seal veins. Earth and Planetary Science Letters.


(2020). Lattice preferred orientation of talc and implications for seismic anisotropy in subduction zones. Earth and Planetary Science Letters.


Photos from the field!