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Congrats Kyle!

Kyle Bogatz recently defended his Master’s Thesis titled, “Deformation of brittle clasts within a viscous matrix: field and experimental observations.” Kyle leaves us after many years, first as an undergraduate researcher and followed that up with his Master’s work. Kyle’s project combined field work at the Papoose Flat Pluton in California and some preliminary lab … Continue reading Congrats Kyle!


New paper in press!

The Structure Lab has a new paper in press titled The effect of a liquid phase on force distribution during deformation in a granular system. Look for it in the Journal of Geophysical Research – Solid Earth. Abstract Two‐phase systems, where one phase is solid and the other fluid, are widespread in nature. Examples … Continue reading New paper in press!


Congratulations Claire!

The Structure Lab congratulates Claire Ruggles for successfully defending her Masters Thesis titled, A multiple-pulse emplacement model for the Shonkin Sag laccolith, MT. Claire will be moving on back to the University of Wisconsin to begin her pursuit of a Ph.D. We will miss you!


Congratulations Chris!

The Structure Lab would like to congratulate Chris Ladd for successfully defending his Masters Thesis titled “An experimental analysis of force distribution in a two-phase system.” Chris has presented his work at AGU in 2019 and 2018, as well as the 2018 NC GSA Regional Meeting. Chris originally entered Iowa State in 2012 as an … Continue reading Congratulations Chris!

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Open Post Doc position in geodynamic modeling

Please find more information and a link to the application page here: Application link This is a full-time research position with an appointment of one year with the option for renewal up to a total of three years, pending performance and funding. The deadline for applications is January 30 2020. Start date: spring/summer 2020.


Ring shear device up and running!

Nearly 2 years after its conception, the Structure Lab’s ring shear device is up and running. The soothing green glow is from a laser sheet illuminating brittle polymer spheres surrounded by viscous gel. Kyle Bogatz is conducting experiments on processes of grain fracturing in semi-brittle material (picture feldspar clasts in a semi-brittle granitoid). This represents … Continue reading Ring shear device up and running!


Jacqueline Reber earns NSF CAREER award

Congratulations to Dr. Jacqueline Reber, assistant professor in geology, who has been awarded a National Science Foundation 2019 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award, one of the NSF’s most distinguished awards. The 5 year award supports Dr. Reber’s research on “Combining physical and numerical modes to characterize the contribution of semi-brittle rheology for deformation dynamics … Continue reading Jacqueline Reber earns NSF CAREER award


Field trip to the Swiss Alps

It is finally here! We will have an international field trip coming this summer! The trip will lead us to the Alps next August 3-17, 2018 and we will get to see some extraordinary geology. But to get all the information (time, credits, costs, logistics, application process, etc…) please come to the information meeting on … Continue reading Field trip to the Swiss Alps