My name is Tyler Blankenship and I’m going to be a senior at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, where I major in physics. I’m a member of my university’s rowing team, and in my free time I enjoy weightlifting, backpacking, and bouldering. In the future, I hope to attend graduate school for physics, and I am very
I work with Dr. Kimberly Hill in the civil engineering building on the campus of theUniversity of Minnesota as well as at St. Anthony Falls Laboratory. My research is somewhat multifaceted and relates largely to studying the mechanics of debris flows and particle movement in a variety of situations. This has a variety of applications such as studying debris flows in natural systems and how these flows are being affected by climate change. My work will mainly be physics based as I work with a team of graduate students to try to understand the granular physics involved in particle physics and why in debris flow and transport situations particles tend to segregate by size.