The ESPM group uses experimental approaches to study the mechanical and chemical behavior of rocks and minerals.
The group is comprised of two labs: the rock deformation lab (Prof. Phil Skemer – PI) and the experimental geochemistry lab (Prof. Mike Krawczynski – PI). Our labs use high pressure and high temperature experimental apparatus to simulate the conditions within Earth and other solar system bodies. Our experimental approach is complemented by state of the art analytical facilities, including electron probe micro-analysis (EPMA), scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM and TEM), secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD)
New program offers undergraduate research experiences in rock deformation
Research positions available
The Rock Deformation and Experimental Geochemistry Labs of ESPM are accepting applications for new PhD students to begin in the Fall of 2022.
If you are an undergraduate with an interest in Earth and Planetary Science, please see Phil Skemer or Mike Krawczynski for more information.
- Strozewski B., Sly M.K., Flores K.M., Skemer P. (2021) Viscoplastic rheology of a-quartz investigated by nano indentation. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, https://doi. org/10.1029/2021JB022229
- Nie N.X, Dauphas N., Alp E.E., Zeng H., Sio C.K, Hu J.Y., Chen X., Aarons S.M., Zhang Z., Tian H-C., Wang Da, Prissel K.B., Greer J., Bi W., Hu M.Y., Zhao J., Shahar A., Roskosz M., Teng F-Z, Krawczynski M.J., Heck P.R., Spear F.S. (2021) Iron, magnesium, and titanium isotopic fractionations between garnet, ilmenite, fayalite, biotite, and tourmaline: Results from NRIXS, ab initio, and study of mineral separates from Moosilauke metapelite. Geochimica and Cosmochimica Acta, 302:18-45, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gca.2021.03.014
- Cross A.J, Olree E., Couvy H., Skemer P.(2020) How does viscosity contrast influence phase mixing and strain localization. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 125, https://doi.org/ 10.1029/2020JB020323
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