Tom Birren (he/him)

Ph.D. Student

Contact

Dept:GE AT
Email:tbirren@iastate.edu
Office:359 Science
2237 Osborn Dr.
Ames IA
50011-1027
Phone:515-294-4477

Bio

I am a Ph.D. Student at Iowa State University working with Dr. Jacqueline Reber. I received my B.A. in Geology from Carleton College (2013) and was working as a STEM educator with the Schuler Scholar program post graduation. In my project, I seek to understand the conditions under which fractures form in semi-brittle rocks and how they relate to slow-slip events and low-frequency earthquakes. I use a rock analog, Carbopol® (a cross-polymer accrylate commonly used in hair gel), with similar rheological properties to the middle-crust to model deformation in mid-crustal shear zones.