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)
Squeezing rocks for science
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 2023.
If you are an undergraduate with an interest in Earth and Planetary Science, please see Phil Skemer or Mike Krawczynski for more information.
- Sly M.K., Padilla K., Flores K.M., Skemer P. (2023) Low-temperature plastic rheology of granitic feldspar and quartz. Tectonophysics, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tecto.2023.229850
- Horn C.M., Skemer P. (2023) Semi-brittle deformation of talc at the base of the seismogenic zone. Geophysical Research Letters, https://doi. org/10.1029/2022GL102385
- Wieser P.E., Kent A.J.R., Till C.B., Donovan J., Neave D.A., Blatter D.L., Krawczynski M.J. (2023) Barometers behaving badly: Assessing the influence of the analytical and experimental uncertainty on clinopyroxene thermobarpmetry calculations at crustal conditions. Journal of Petrography, https://doi.org/10.1093/petrology/egac126
- Goltz A.E., Krawczynski M.J., McCanta M.C, Dyar, M.D. (2022) Experimental calibration of an Fe3+/Fe2+-in-amphibole oxybarometer and its application to shallow magmatic processes at Shiveluch Volcano, Kamchatka. American Mineralogist, https://doi.org/10.2138/am-2022-8031
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