Cailey B. Condit, PhD
Wiess Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Science
Rice University, Houston TX
My research aims to constrain the relationships and feedbacks between mechanical and chemical processes that take place during deformation with the lithosphere, particularly when fluids are involved.
I utilize exhumed swaths of deep crust as natural laboratories, working in both continental collisional zones and subduction interfaces, examining the way fluids promote and influence strain localization, strength, deformation, and chemically transform rocks through metasomatism and metamorphism.
Another key aspect of my research is reconstructing how these chemical and mechanical processes modify the physical properties of the lithosphere (e.g. density, chemistry, seismic anisotropy). Understanding these modifications can have direct implications for interpreting both geophysical data, and geodynamic observable responses (e.g., uplift, subsidence).
Techniques I employ and integrate: