Structural Petrology Lab members
Current Lab Members:
Dr. Cailey B. Condit
Assistant Professor | She/her | Curriculum Vitae
Currently, Cailey's work is focused on the rheology of the subduction plate interface below and around the base of the seismogenic zone, the deformation and rheology of Ca- and Na-amphibole, the geologic and petrologic signatures of ETS, and how the thermal structure of subduction zones influence the strength and chemical evolution of these zones.
She's also intersted in the water cycle in subduction zones (hydration, dehydratiation, transport, work etc), the geophysical signatures of various chemical and mechanical transformations, and developing new petrochronologic techniques to directly date these processes (e.g, monazite and apatite petrochronology & textural analysis).
She also extends her work on rheology, petrology, and tectonics into continental collisional systems, working in the Precambrian rocks at the base of the Grand Canyon and SW Montana.
Dr. Will Hoover
NSF Postdoctoral Fellow | He/him
Will's work is focused on talc metasomatism and it's rheological implications using the exhumed rocks of the Catalina Schist as a natural laboratory. Will integrates his excellent geochemical and petrologic expertise with field observations, and micro- and macrostructural work to read the rocks from both a chemical and mechanical perspective. He is also working with Dr. Fang-Zhen Teng and is funded by an NSF-EAR Postdoctoral Fellowship awarded to Hoover.
Dr. Gabe Epstein
Postdoctoral Scholar | He/Him
Gabe makes thermodynamic models of metamorphic rocks to constrain pressures and temperatures of mineral equilibration, histories of fluid rock interactions, and predicted depths and intensities of devolatilization within subduction zones. His current research focuses on forward modeling of major metamorphic phase transitions in an effort to understand density, devolatilization, and rheological evolution along the subduction plate interface. He's also exploring the role that CO2 plays in inhibiting or assisting such transitions.
Gabe's postdoc project is in collaboration with Dr. Adam Holt & Dr. Victor Guevara.
Dr. Eirini M. Poulaki
Postdoctoral Scholar | She/her
Eirini is broadly interesting in studying metamorphism and deformation in subduction zones by applying various petrochronology tools to the exhumed rock record. For her postdoc research, she will be conducting apatite geochronology, geochemistry, and microstructural analyses to date and characterize the timing of fluids and deformation of subduction-related rocks from various depths along the ancient subduction interface. Eirini will also be working on developing a virtual field video game to create an inclusive online field module.
Eirini is co-advised by Dr. Margo Odlum at UNLV.
Jason N. Ott
Jason is interested in the intersection of mineral physics, petrology, rheology, and deformation in subduction zones. He's created an EBSD-based catalog of seismic anisotropy and microstructures for metabasic blueschists from our suite of global blueschists housed at UW, and is working on constraining both the magnitude of seismic anisotropy in these rocks and the processes that produce it (deformation, metamorphism etc).
He is also squishing glaucophane aggregates at MIT's Rock Deformation Laboratory to constrain blueschist strength and deformation mechanisms in the lab. Stay tuned for mechanical and microstructural results at the 2022 AGU meeting.
Peter C. Lindquist
Peter is broadly working on the feedbacks between deformation, metamorphism, and fluid production to constrain slip behaviors in subduction zones. Right now, he's creating thermodynamic and petrologic models of metasomatism in subduction zones and links to ETS. He's also checking these models using the exhumed rock record preserved on Santa Catalina Island, CA.
NSF Graduate Research Fellow; PhD Student
Nicole is exploring what the strength of the mid-crust is during orogenesis using the gorgeous exposed rocks in the base of the Grand Canyon as a natural laboratory. She uses a mix of petrology, structural geology, and geochronology. Right now, her focus is on the evolution of the Vishnu Schist during evolving P-T-D-fluid-melt conditions.
Former Group Members
Nicole Ferrie - Undergraduate Honors student (2021-2022) - Now a PhD student at UT-Austin