Email: maellis at live.unc.edu
Office: Mitchell Hall 208
B.A., Geology, Ohio Wesleyan University, 2007
M.S., Geology, University of Texas at Austin, 2009
I am a Ph.D. candidate working with Jason Barnes on tectonic geomorphology. My research interests lie in the topographic expression of actively growing faults. I use a combination of digital elevation model derived relief data, geochronology, and stream profiles to examine relationships between tectonics and topography. My field site is primarily the Nevada Basin & Range, where I spent many weeks collecting samples for apatite thermochronology, observing the geomorphology, and collecting stream profiles. I am also working on a global compilation of relief data for fault-driven topography, examining the relationship between tectonic rates and the nature of the topographic expression.
My other interests include running and biking, cooking, brewing beer, climbing rocks, Obsidian, and the success of the Washington Redskins.
Ellis, M. A., S. E. Laubach, P. Eichhubl, J. E. Olson, and P. Hargrove (2012), Fracture development and diagenesis of Torridon Group Applecross Formation, near An Teallach, NW Scotland: millennia of brittle deformation resilience?, J. Geol. Soc., 169(3), 297-310.