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Associate Professor, Geophysics
Year Started at JMU: 2015
Contact Info

Research Description

I am primarily interested in geophysical inverse theory and its applications, particularly involving the use of multiple types of geophysical methods to obtain better constraints on the geology of the subsurface. I have a particular affinity for electromagnetic methods, incorporating a priori information into the inversion process to obtain better results. My current plans include bringing these and similar tools to bear on local geological questions, including investigation of Eocene volcanics in northwestern Virginia, and near-surface characterization of Karst topography.

  • GEOL 440: Geophysics
  • GEOL 442: Field Geophysics
  • ISCI 101: Physics, Chemistry, and the Human Experience
  • PhD in Geophysics, 2014, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
  • BS in Geophysics, 2007, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
Select Publications
  • McGary, RS., Evans, R.L., Wannamaker, P.E., Elsenbeck, J., Rondenay, S., Pathway from subducting slab to surface for melt and fluids beneath Mount Rainier, Nature 511, 338-340, 17 July 2014.
  • Wannamaker, P.E., Evans, R.L., Bedrosian, P.A., Unsworth, M.J., Maris, V., McGary, RS., Segmentation of plate coupling, fate of subduction fluids, and modes of arc magmatism in Cascadia, inferred from magnetotelluric resistivity, Geochem., Geophys., Geosys., DOI: 10.1002/2014GC005509, 2014.
  • Evans, R.L., Wannamaker, P.E., McGary, RS., Elsenbeck, J., Electrical structure of the central Cascadia subduction zone: The EMSLAB Lincoln Line revisited, Earth Planet Sci. Lett. 402, 265-274, 15 September 2014.

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