Earth and Planetary Science
EPS Planetary Science


Name / Contact Host / Education / Research
Alyssa Abbeyalabbey@berkeley.eduBGC

Host: David Shuster

Active Tectonics: mountain building and continental rifting, landscape evolution, low-temperature thermochronology, cosmogenic radionuclides 

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Margaret Averymsavery@berkeley.eduMcCone 257

Paleomagnetism and geomagnetism, and study of Earth’s deep interior

  • The history of the geomagnetic field, and the origin of the geodynamo
  • What affects the quality of the data that make up the paleomagnetic record
  • What dynamical processes in the outer core and core/mantle interactions generate the observed behavior of the geomagnetic field at Earth’s surface
Nathan Brownnathan.brown@berkeley.edu487 McCone

Host: Prof. David Shuster

Research Interests: Low-temperature thermochronology, luminescence dating, geomorphology, active tectonics

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Sergio Carrero Romero
Spencer Diamondsdiamond@berkeley.eduEnergy Biosciences Building 4th Floor

Host: Prof. Jillian Banfield

Previously worked on Cyanobacterial metabolism and genomics. Currently working on how soil microbes affect global biogeochemical cycles and greehnouse gas turnover via multi-omics techniques.

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Michael McCone 257

Host: Professor William Boos

Daniel Eldridgedanieleldridge@berkeley.eduMcCone 485

Stable Isotope Geochemistry

Daniel Frostdafrost@berkeley.edu215 McCone Hall6028107064

deep Earth structure, mantle heterogeneity across scales, inner core anisotropy, outer core stratification, composition and chemistry of Earth materials, array methodology, Earth evolution.

Xiaojing Furubyxfu@berkeley.eduMcCone 177

I am a geoscientist who is interested in understanding how multiphase fluid mechanics shape our natural environment. In pursuit of such knowledge, I pay special attention to the roles of fluid instability and thermodynamic-driven phase transitions.
My approach is often mathematical and computational and my primary tools are phase-field modeling and high-resolution numerical simulations. However, my work benefits tremendously from collaborations and conversations with experimentalists and field-going scientists.

My work is applied to a wide range of geoscience problems, including gas hydrate systems, volcanology, geologic carbon sequestration and hydrology.

Host: Michael Manga

Felipe Javier Gonzalez Cataldof_gonzalez@berkeley.edu485 McCone Hall

Host: Burkhard Militzer

Research Interests: Planetary interiors; high pressure physics; first-principles computer simulations techniques; molecular dynamics; equations of state.

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Daniel Ibarradibarra@berkeley.edu485 McCone

Hosts: Daniel Stolper and Don DePaolo

I am a geochemist and climate scientist working on the water and carbon cycles in terrestrial environments. My work includes studying the response of past and present terrestrial landscapes to changes in climate using modeling approaches, geochemical measurements, and field observations. Broadly, I am interested in the role that Earth's continents play in modulating habitable surface conditions over geologic time and in using sediments to reconstruct past changes in weathering and hydrologic fluxes over Plio-Pleistocene to Phanerozoic timescales.

Personal Website

Max Lloydmklloyd@berkeley.edu485 McCone

Host: Professor Daniel Stolper 

Research interests: Clumped and position-specific isotope geochemistry of carbonates and organic compounds. Low-temperature metamorphism and organic matter maturation. The kinetics of isotope exchange reactions.

Paula Matheus Carnevali
baptiste roussetrousset@berkeley.edu201 McCone Hall

Host: Roland Bürgmann

I am interested in geodetic observations (GPS and InSAR) to characterize the crustal deformation around subduction zones and large strike slip faults. I mainly focus on aseismic transient processes such as slow slip events and postseismic relaxation. webpage

Daniel Berkeley Geochronology Center

Host: Paul R. Renne

- application and development of 40Ar/39Ar geochronology, using nuclear physics as a geologist

- continental tectonics, metmorphism, brittle and ductile structures, petrochronology, India-Asia collision, syntax formation, subduction initiation, exhumation in subduction zones

Sarah Slotznicksslotz@berkeley.edu355 McCone

Host: Nicholas Swanson-Hysell

Earth history, Precambrian geology, geobiology, paleoenvironments, diagenesis, paleomagnetism, rock magnetism, X-ray spectroscopy, in-situ microbeam techniques.

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Alexander Turneralexjturner@berkeley.edu301 McCone/B47 Hildebrand

Hosts: Ron Cohen & Inez Fung

Research interests: atmospheric chemistry, inverse modelling, and remote sensing.

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Sean Wahlswahl@berkeley.edu407 McCone

Host: Burkhard Militzer

Planetary interiors and evolution. Simulation of planetary materials at extreme conditions. Gravity field and tidal response of giant planets.

Michael Whittakerwhitta@berkeley.eduMcCone 419

Clay self assembly and defects

Clay/mineral interactions

Carbon Capture and Storage

Phase transformations

Persistent metastability


Da Yangyangdapku@gmail.com177 McCone Hall

My research is to develop a unified understanding of how the tropical atmosphere works, and the key is to understand moist convection‒deep cumulus clouds and thunderstorms. My Ph.D. thesis was focused on the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO), a planetary scale month-long rainfall pattern in the tropics. I am now thinking about convective phenomena at other temporal and spatial scales, including the mesoscale cloud clusters and the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ)

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