Geochronology, Petrology, & Plate Tectonics

In our research group, we study the development of modern and ancient mountain belts and how the continents have changed through time, creating the planet we live on today. To do this, we combine innovative analytical approaches to geochronology with petrology, mineralogy, geochemistry, field work, and numerical modeling. 

Student opportunities

I am actively looking for graduate and undergraduate students interested in using petrology, geochemistry, and geochronology to study Earth’s past. Some examples of possible student research projects are described on the “Research” page. If you are interested in any of these, or similar topics, please email me! If you have concerns or questions about the graduate program or application process, contact me or visit the University of Michigan EES graduate program webpages: Application information   and   Tips for applying.

The University of Michigan consistently ranks as one of the top Earth science programs, nationally. Students are funded through a combination of research and teaching assistantships. Graduate students receive a tuition waiver, medical health and dental insurance, and an annual stipend of ~$33,000 to cover their living costs.

Lab News

November 2020: Our DEI committee hosted a screening of Picture a Scientist for our department, followed by a really great discussion among students, researchers, and faculty. I highly recommend people take the time to watch this film. It is very powerful.

October 2020: Postdoc David Hernández Uribe gave a great talk to our department on metamorphic dehydration in subduction zones. I presented preliminary results on some spectacular granulites from Nevada, at this years virtual GSA conference. 

September 2020: Postdoctoral researcher David Hernández Uribe joins me in Ann Arbor to start his research on blueschist/eclogite metamorphism and exhumation. In addition, our department’s virtual Fall Preview program was a great success! Really excited to see the great grad student applicants that have reached out this year.

July 2020: First grant funded! To investigate the role of heat advection in the formation of an ultrahigh-temperature metamorphic terrane in southern Madagascar.

July 2020: Moved to Ann Arbor! 

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