Andreas Kronenberg

Andreas Kronenberg

Professor and Michael T. Halbouty Chair in Geology

Assoc. Director, Center for Tectonophysics

Tectonophysics, Structural Geology, Rock Mechanics, Mineral Physics

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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 an active member of AGU's Mineral and Rock Physics (MRP) community, and its Focus Group on Physical Properties of Earth Materials (PPEM).  He participates in the development of StraboSpot’s digital archiving     of experimental rock mechanics data, funded by NSF, and the Research Coordination Network on In-situ Studies of Rock Deformation, serving on its Advisory Committee.


Mechanical Characterization of Earth’s Lithosphere

Kinetics of Deformation

Applications to Mechanics Problems in the Earth’s Crust

Selected Publications

Fukuda, J.-I., Holyoke III, C.W., and Kronenberg, A.K. (2018) Deformation of fine-grained quartz aggregates by mixed diffusion and dislocation creep, J. Geophys. Res., 123, 1-21, doi: 10.1029/2017JB015133.


Kronenberg, A.K., Hasnan, H.F.B., Holyoke III, C.W., Law, R.D., Liu, Z., and Thomas, J.B. (2017) Synchrotron FTIR imaging of OH in quartz mylonites, Solid Earth, 8, 1025-1045, doi: 10.5194/se-8-1025-2017.


van der Werf, T., Chatzaras, V., Kriegsman, L.M., Kronenberg, A., Tikoff, B., and Drury, M.R. (2017) Constraints on the rheology of lower crust in a strike-slip plate boundary: evidence from the San Quentin xenoliths, Baja California, Mexico, Solid Earth, 8, 1211-1239, doi: 10.5194/se-8-1211-2017.


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.


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, 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.


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.


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

Ray C. Fish Professorship in Geology 2002

Texas A&M College Level Distinguished Research Award 1997

Texas A&M College Level Teaching Award 1991


TAMU Center for Tectonophysics

AGU Tectonophysics

AGU Mineral and Rock Physics

AGU Physical Properties of Earth Materials

StraboSpot Data System

RCN on In-situ Studies of Rock Deformation


Geol 101  Principles of Geology

Geol 104  Physical Geology

Geol 203  Mineralogy

Geol 330  Geologic Field Trips

Geol  350  Field Geology

Geol 665  Structural Petrology

Geop 615   Experimental Rock Deformation

Geop 660  Physics of the Earth’s Interior

Additional Information

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

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