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Andreas Kronenberg
Andreas Kronenberg
(979) 845-0132
(979) 845-6162
Halb 154

Department of Geology and Geophysics

MS 3116, Halbouty Geosciences Building

Texas A&M University

College Station, TX  77843


PhD, Brown University, 1983

MS, Brown  University, 1979

BS, UCLA, 1977


Michel T. Halbouty Chair in Geology, 2016

American Rock Mechanics Association Research Award, 2009

EGU Keith Runcorn Travel Grant, 2009

Ray C. Fish Professorship in Geology, 2002

Texas A&M College Level Distinguished Research Award, 1997

Texas A&M College Level Teaching Award, 1991


Geol 101   Principles of Geology

Geol 104   Physical Geology

Geol 203   Mineralogy

Geol 300   Field Geology

Geol 330    Geologic Field Trips

Geop 615   Experimental Rock Deformation

Geol 665   Structural Petrology

Geop 660   Physics of the Earth's Interior

Andreas Kronenberg

Professor, Michel T. Halbouty Chair in Geology
Tectonophysics, structural geology, rock mechanics, mineral physics

Research Interests

Dr. Kronenberg's expertise spans topics in structural geology, tectonophysics, and mineral physics with emphasis on the mechanical properties of Earth materials and the deformation mechanisms that govern rheology. 

His research addresses the plasticity, creep, and failure of minerals and rocks, examining the roles of crystalline defects, grain boundaries, interfaces, and fluids in determining macroscopic behavior of the Earth's lithosphere. Taking an experimental approach, investigations have explored (1) water weakening of quartz and feldspar and chemical influences of fluids on mechanical properties of silicates, (2) crystal plasticity of layer silicates and anisotropic mechanical properties of foliated and layered rocks, (3) the high temperature creep mechanisms of silicates (quartz, feldspars, pyroxenes, micas, and clays) and carbonates (calcite, dolomite, and magnesite), and (4) the roles of hydrous species adsorbed at mineral-fluid interfaces in crack growth and crack healing.

Kronenberg is President of the DEFORM consortium, and is an active member of AGU's Mineral and Rock Physics (MRP) community and its Focus Group on Physical Properties of Earth Materials (PPEM).

Selected Publications

Kronenberg, A., Hirth, G., Lapusta, N., Chester, J., Freed, A., Marone, C., and Tullis, T. (2016) Laboratory sharing to improve rock deformation research, EOS, 97, doi:10.1029/2016EO063465.


Kilian, R., Heilbronner, R., Holyoke C.W. III, Kronenberg, A.K., and Stünitz, H. (2016) Dislocation creep of dry quartz, J. Geophys. Res., 121, 32783299, doi: 10.1002/2015JB012771.


Holyoke, C.W. III, Kronenberg, A.K., Newman, J., and C. Ulrich (2014) Rheology of magnesite, J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 119, doi: 10.1002/2013JB010541.


Holyoke, C.W. III, Kronenberg, A.K., and Newman, J. (2014) Microstructural evolution during strain localization in dolomite aggregates, J. Struct. Geol, 69, 449-464, doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2014.04.008.


Groshong, R.H., Kronenberg, A., Couzens-Schultz, B.A., and Newman, J. (2014) Fluids and structures in fold and thrust belts with recognition of the work of David Wiltschko, J. Struct. Geol. 69, 281-283,


Holyoke, C.W. III, and Kronenberg, A.K. (2013) Reversible water weakening of quartz, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 374, 185-190, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2013.05.039.


Holyoke, C.W. III, Kronenberg, A.K., and Newman, J. (2013) Dislocation creep of polycrystalline dolomite, Tectonophysics, 590, 72-82, doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2013.01.011.


Stewart, E., Holyoke, C.W. III, and Kronenberg, A.K. (2013) High pressure deformation experiments using solid confining media and Griggs piston-cylinder methods:  appraisal of stress and deformation in talc assemblies, Tectonophysics, 588 , 171-178, doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2012.12.004.


Davis, N.E., Newman, J., Wheelock, P.B., and Kronenberg, A.K. (2011) Grain growth kinetics of dolomite, magnesite, and calcite:  a comparative study, Phys. Chem. Minerals, 38, 123-138, doi:10.1007/s00269-010-0389-9.


Holyoke, C. W., III and Kronenberg, A.K. (2010) Accurate differential stress measurement using the molten salt cell and solid salt assemblies in the Griggs rig with applications to strength, piezometers and rheology, Tectonophysics, 494, 17-31, doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2010.08.001.


Mathez, E.A., Roberts, J.J., Duba, A.G., Kronenberg, A.K., and Karner, S.L. (2008) Carbon deposition during brittle rock deformation:  Changes in electrical properties of fault zones and potential geoelectric phenomena during earthquakes, J. Geophys. Res., 113, B12201, doi:10.1029/2008JB005798.


Davis, N.E., Kronenberg, A.K., and Newman, J. (2008) Plasticity and diffusion creep of dolomite, Tectonophysics, 456, 127-146, doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2008.02.002.


Karner, S.L., Kronenberg, A.K., Chester, J.S., Chester, F.M., and Hajash, A. (2008) Laboratory study of hydrothermal deformation in unconsolidated St Peter quartz sand, Proc. 42nd U.S. Rock Mechanics Symposium, San Francisco, June 29-July 2, 2008, ARMA 08-205.  Recognized with the 2009 ARMA Rock Mechanics Research Award.


Karner, S.L., Kronenberg, A.K., Chester, F.M., Chester, J.S., and Hajash, A. Jr. (2008) Hydrothermal deformation of granular quartz sand, J. Geophys. Res., 113, B05404, doi:10.1029/2006JB004710.


Beeler, N.M., Tullis, T.E., Kronenberg, A.K., and Reinen, L.A., (2007) The instantaneous rate dependence in low temperature laboratory rock friction and rock deformation experiments, J. Geophys. Res., 112, B07310, doi: 10.1029/2005JB003772.


Chester, F. M., J. S. Chester, A. K. Kronenberg, and A. Hajash (2007), Subcritical creep compaction of quartz sand at diagenetic conditions: Effects of water and grain size, J. Geophys. Res., 112, B06203, doi: 10.1029/2006JB004317.

Additional Information

Contributor to the Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth, American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY


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