Dr. M. C. Eppes
G&ES UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd. Charlotte, NC, 28223
Office: 308 McEniry
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I am a Professor of Earth Sciences here at UNC Charlotte. My research interests include mechanical weathering and fracture mechanics of natural rock, soil science, and geomorphology with applications to landscape evolution and paleoclimate problems. I am currently conducting research in the Piedmont of South and North Carolina, the Blue Ridge of Virginia, granite domes of California and the Eastern United States and the alpine environments of the San Juan Mountains of Colorado (see below). I participate in these graduate degree programs: MS in Earth Sciences; PhD in Geography; and PhD in INES – a joint program with Civil Engineering. I currently have an open, paid PhD position (either INES or Geography) to model and study the fracture mechanics of mechanical weathering – starting in Fall 2019. Feel free to email any time if you are interested in this or other research with me.
Photo right: Students collecting crack data for outcrops in Shenandoah National Park, VA. Cosmogenic Radionuclide analyses by Dr. Gregory S. Hancock at William and Mary College provide erosion rates for different rock types in the field area. Our recent work seeks to understand how the fracture mechanics properties of these rocks influence their erosion, and thus the long-term landscape evolution of the classic Valley and Ridge landscape of central Virginia.
Charlotte, NC is home the rest of the time . I spend my free time these days with my kids enjoying my garden.