Tectonics and Geodynamics
Penn State University
State College, PA
Audrey grew up in Idaho. She received her BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah and her Masters Degree in Structural Geology from Idaho State University. She graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Ph.D. in Geology and continued doing Post-Doctoral work for a few years in Alabama. Her Post-Doc work concentrated on finite element modeling of orogenesis (mountain building). She is now a Research Associate at Pennsylvania State University investigating the tectonics and evolution of the Trans-Antarctic Mountains as they relate to the West Antarctic Rift System. Audrey is assisting in pulling the seismic stations for the TAMSEIS project. TAMSEIS consists of 43 broadband seismometers scattered throughout Ross Island, The McMurdo Dry Valleys and the East Antarctic Plateau. This is the final year of the project and Audrey is traveling with the LGT traverse in order to recover the equipment from the last stations.
Visit Audrey's web site at Penn State: http://www.geosc.psu.edu/~ahuerta/
Audrey is also keeping journal of her entire trip to Antarctica this year. Check out Audrey's Antarctic Adventure: Austral Summer, 2003-2004