Solid Earth

Processes responsible for determining the shape of the Earth, constellation of the continents, and large natural hazards (earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and tsunami) are controlled by plate tectonics and the internal structure of the Earth.

We strive to read and understand the rock record using Geochemistry and Geophysics to gain further understanding of large and small scale plate processes. Our research explores seimicity in the deep interior of Earth and also the dynamic role of minerals in constraining the rheology and physical properties of the mantle and lithosphere.

Research Areas

  • Volcanology
  • Seismology
  • Geochemistry
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Petrology
  • Geophysics
  • Mantle Convection



Department of Geosciences



Department of Geosciences


Graduate Research

We are always looking for talented students for our graduate program. If you are interested in applying or want more information about our Graduate Program please do not hesitate to contact Dawn Cardace.