The Earth System & Other Planetary Bodies

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Interactions between processes in Earth’s interior and on the surface impact mountain building, earthquakes, volcanism, and more. Landscapes carved by wind, water, and ice on Earth inform us about our planet's past, and are analogs for the landscapes seen on other planetary bodies. Our students and faculty work across atomic to global scales to understand the physical properties and evolution of planets from their surface to their deep interior to gain a new fundamental understanding of the Earth system and of worlds beyond.

Faculty

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Benchun Duan

Earthquake source physics, computational seismology, geomechanics

Andreas Kronenberg

Andreas Kronenberg

Tectonophysics, Structural Geology, Rock Mechanics

Franco Marcantonio

Franco Marcantonio

Radiogenic isotope geochemistry, geochemical proxies of climate change

Julie Newman

Julie Newman

Structural Geology and Tectonics

Nick Perez

Nick Perez

Tectonics, basin dynamics, fold-thrust belts, continental rifts

Bobby Reece

Bobby Reece

Marine geophysics, marine sedimentary systems, oceanic crust

Julia Reece

Julia Reece

Sedimentology, Sediment Mechanics

Eric Riggs

Eric Riggs

Teaching, learning and cognition in the geosciences

Centers & Labs

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Center for Tectonophysics

The Center for Tectonophysics is an interdisciplinary research group initiated in 1967 for dual purposes: to undertake basic and applied research of both natural and man-induced rock deformation processes and the broad range of geologic structures formed, and to provide research support, training, and mentoring of graduate students and post-doctoral fellows pursuing advanced studies in the area of tectonophysics.

Deep Crust and Mantle Dynamics Group

This cross-disciplinary research effort combines elements of Geophysics, Petrology, Geochemistry, Tectonics, and Structural Geology to examine the physics, chemistry, and dynamics of the Earth from the mid to lower crust to the core-mantle interface.