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DCMD faculty, students, and post-docs bring different areas of expertise to focus on interdisciplinary research questions. Current research areas of focus include: geophysical imaging of the deep earth, chemical evolution of the crust and mantle, and tectonics and planetary dynamics.

Geophysical Imaging of the Deep Earth

DCMD faculty, students, and post-docs bring different areas of expertise to focus on interdisciplinary research questions. Current research areas of focus include: geophysical imaging of the deep earth, chemical evolution of the crust and mantle, and tectonics and planetary dynamics.

Researchers: Rick Carlson, Mark Everett, Rick Gibson, and Kate Miller

Chemical Evolution of the Crust and Mantle

The isotopic and chemical compositions of rocks and minerals record the evolving processes that created the present-day crust and upper mantle. DCMD researchers study the evolution of orogenies, the role that fluids play in deep crust and mantle processes, and the processes that form oceanic crust, including intraplate volcanism and large igneous provinces.

Researchers: Ray Guillemette, Will Lamb, Brent Miller, and Jay Miller

Tectonics and Planetary Dynamics

Understanding the dynamic physical processes that are shaping the Earth requires a multi-dimensional approach. Ongoing DCMD research includes experimental studies of the deformation of carbonates, field-based characterization of the rheology of mantle rocks and deformation at plate boundaries, and numerical modeling of mantle flow and differentiation.

Researchers: Andreas Kronenberg, Julie Newman, Dave Sparks, and Caleb Holyoke

Seminar Series

The DCMD seminar series, offered annually during the fall semester, affords faculty and students the opportunity to bring their diverse areas of expertise to bear on important problems of mutual interest. As a group, we are able to integrate laboratory and field-based deformation studies, numerical modeling, geophysical studies, and geochemical investigations to address important problems.

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