Earth and Planetary Science
EPS Planetary Science


Name / Contact Host / Education / Research
Alyssa Abbey
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 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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Adi Lavy
Shufei Lei
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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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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