Cailey B. Condit, PhD
NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
In January, 2020 I will be joining the faculty of the Earth and Space Sciences Department at the University of Washington as part of their Subduction Zone Initiative. If you'd like to collaborate or are an interested prospective student get in touch!
I study the relationships and feedbacks between mechanical and chemical processes that take place during deformation within 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, 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.