PI: Cailey B. Condit, PhD
Department of Earth and Space Science
University of Washington
Our group studies the relationships and feedbacks between mechanical and chemical processes that take place during deformation within the lithosphere, particularly when fluids are involved.
We 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 our research is reconstructing how these chemical and mechanical processes modify the physical properties of the lithosphere (e.g., density, composition, rheology, seismic anisotropy). Understanding these modifications, through detailed work on both naturally and experimentally deformed rocks, has direct implications for interpretations of both geophysical and geodynamic observations.