We 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.
Our lab simulates planetary interior pressure and temperature conditions, and uses new ultra-precise analysis methods to measure element fractionation, phase equilibria, and isotopic partitioning and diffusion.

The ESPM group has a wide range of analytical facilities at its disposal.  These facilities are supported by the group, the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, or the Institute for Materials Science Engineering.