Advisor: Sara Rathburn
Previous Education: Colorado State University, (Master of Science, Geosciences, 2016); Whitman College (Bachelor of Arts, Geology, 2013)
About Annette: Annette grew up in the Willamette Valley in Oregon learning an appreciation for mountains, rivers, and the ocean. During her undergraduate study at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington and three soggy but beautiful summers spent first attending and then assistant teaching James Madison University’s Ireland Field Course, she developed interests in field geology and geomorphology. After graduating from Whitman in 2013, she worked with the Washington State geologic survey to map a quadrangle on the Olympic Peninsula, furthering her interest in surface processes, particularly the interactions between land and water. Outside of geology, she enjoys outdoor adventures, playing sports, reading Barbara Kingsolver novels, swing dancing, and baking.
Research: The Influence of Climate Change on the Occurrence of Mass Movements at High Latitudes
In areas with active or incipient permafrost degradation, identifying controls on the spatial and temporal patterns of slope failures highlights the influence of warming climate and improves our understanding of hillslope hazards. Permafrost melt, coupled with moderate to steep hillslopes and weak substrate, may increase the frequency of landslides and debris flows. Quantifying these changes is therefore an important way to understand the influence of climate change on high-latitude landscapes.
To better understand changes to hillslope dynamics in interior Alaska, my research seeks to quantify how permafrost degradation contributes to landslide and debris flow hazards and what geomorphic variables make a slope most susceptible to failure. This knowledge will improve management of public lands in Alaska and worldwide.
Patton, A. I., Rathburn, S., Bilderback, E., 2015, Upland Processes and Controls on September 2013 Debris Flows, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, Abstract EP53A-0954, Presented at 2015 Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, California, 14-18 December.
Patton, A. I., Rathburn, S., Bilderback, E., 2015, Upland Processes and Controls on September 2013 Mass Movements, in Proceedings, Rocky Mountain National Park Research Conference, 7th, National Park Service and Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, p. 61.
Contreras, T. A.; Patton, A. I.
; Legorreta Paulín, Gabriel; Hubert, I. J.; Cakir, Recep; Carson, R. J., 2014, Geologic map of the Quilcene 7.5-minute quadrangle, Jefferson County, Washington: Washington Division of Geology and Earth Resources Map Series 2014-03, 1 sheet, scale 1:24,000, 27 p. text. [http://www.dnr.wa.gov/publications/ger_ms2014-03_geol_map_quilcene_24k.zip
Polenz, Michael; Gordon, H. O.; Hubert, I. J.; Contreras, T. A.; Patton, A. I.
; Legorreta Paulín, Gabriel; Recep Cakir, 2014, Geologic map of the Center 7.5-minute quadrangle, Jefferson County, Washington: Washington Division of Geology and Earth Resources Map Series 2014-02, 1 sheet, scale 1:24,000, 35 p. text.[http://www.dnr.wa.gov/Publications/ger_ms2014-02_geol_map_center_%2024k.zip