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Michael Hopkins, M.S. Graduate Student

My Research

Michael HopkinsMy research will examine the interaction between normal faults and bedrock channels. My choice in this research topic is fueled, primarily, by my interest in structural geology, specifically faults. After completing some course work and after discussions with professors and other students, I became more curious about how faults affect the landscape as they evolve. Through the completion of my degree, I will work on a project that addresses this issue. The area I am working in is known as the Volcanic Tableland in northern Owens Valley, California. The Tableland is populated by many normal faults and contains an ancient, inactive stream network that interacts with a number of these faults. Channel morphology data from this network will be used to investigate how the channels are being affected by the faults. The aim of this project is to understand how faulting affect the channels morphologically and to explore how morphological changes can be used to study the evolution of the faults themselves.

My Life at Tulane

Life as a graduate student is remarkably different from that of an undergraduate. One of the biggest changes is in how I spend my time. As an undergraduate most of my time was filled by classes, but as a graduate student most of my work is done outside the classroom. As a graduate student most of my time is structured by me. This freedom allows me to divide my time in a way that makes me the most productive.

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