My research program focuses on understanding the large-scale physical and chemical behavior of the Earth and other planets through experimental study of geological materials under extreme conditions of pressure and temperature. Our group uses both static and dynamic compression experiments to explore crystal structures, phase relations, kinetics, and mechanical properties of materials at conditions that span those in encountered throughout the Earth. Recent developments in laser-based compression techniques have enabled our group to produce some of the first experimental studies of geological materials under the terapascal pressures encountered in large super-Earth exoplanets.

Awards and Achievements

  • Fellow of the American Geophysical Union
  • Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America