Researcher Profile

Jackson School of Geosciences

Phil Orlandini

Research Associate, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences

Office: JGB

I love electron-beam micro-analysis, geology, and ductile deformation! I came to geology late in life after getting a degree in Chinese history, living in China on and off several times, and becoming a baker for both humans and dogs (guess which one paid more). I fell in love with geology after seeing the joy that geologists bring to their work, and constantly strive to bring that enthusiasm and wonder with the natural world to my own work.

Areas of Expertise

Ductile deformation; petrology; machine learning; SEM; EBSD; EPMA; EDS; field geology & structural geology


Research Locations



Current Research Programs & Projects

Quantitative X-ray mapping using EPMA

Characterization and Provenance of Stone Technologies


Microbeam Lab Energy Efficiency Pilot - University of Texas Green Fund (2020 - 2021)

Seismic Anisotropy Variation Across Crustal Shear Zones - French National Center for Scientific Research Project (2018)

Thompson Fund Grant - University of Colorado Geological Sciences Department (2017)

Outstanding Student Paper Award - American Geophysical Union (2017)

Electron Microprobe Analysis Topical Conference Grant - Microanalysis Society (2016)

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (as mentor) - University of Colorado (2015)

Shell Research Grant - University of Colorado Geological Sciences Department (2013)

Student Research Grant - Geological Society of America (2013)

Outstanding Student Research Award - Geological Society of America Structure and Tectonics Division (2013)

Reviewer/Contributor, Academic Review and Planning Advisory Committee, University of Colroado Department of Geological Sciences (2018)

Member, Course Fees Committee, University of Colorado Department of Geological Sciences (2016)

Member, Weekly Colloquium Committee, University of Colorado Department of Geological Sciences (2016 - 2018)

Geological Society of America, Campus Representative, University of Colorado (2015 - 2019)

Science Mentor to underrepresented STEM youth groups, Earth Explorers, Colorado (2015 - 2016)

Drums in the Deep: Instigating Brittle Anomalies in the Ductile Lower Crust, Microanalysis Socity EBSD Topical Conference, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI (2020)

Petrology, rheology, and seismic signal of a deep-crustal mechanical anomaly, Bayerisches Geoinstitut, Bayerisches, Germany (2018)

Lab Assistant (Graduate or Undergraduate)
Laboratory Assistants typically work in 3-5 hour blocks, helping researchers collect and process data on all techniques across the lab, as well as occasionally perform some of the few routine lab activities like carbon or gold coating, touch-up polishing, and billing.