Rock Deformation Lab (PI: Phil Skemer)

My research interests include mantle deformation, the formation and the dynamics of plate boundaries, and the interpretation of seismological data. The underlying motivation for my research is to understand the remarkable phenomenon of plate tectonics and its variability among the terrestrial planets. While I am primarily an experimentalist, my research strategy is to use geologic or seismological observations to design experiments. I study the microstructures of naturally deformed rocks to infer the importance of specific deformation processes, and then develop experiments to investigate the sensitivity of these processes to a range of deformation conditions. From these experiments, we can make predictions about rock deformation at conditions or locations that are inaccessible to direct observation.

For more on the field of rock deformation…

Listen to my podcast “Stories in Rocks”

The Portable Rock-Analog Deformation Apparatus (PRADA) is up and running! Want one?

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