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December 2016: BRG Adventures at the Annual AGU Meeting in San Francisco

written by M.S. student Travis Clow and Ph.D. Candidate Rachel Bernard The annual AGU Fall Meeting, held in San Francisco, California, is an undisputed powerhouse of a conference, hosting over 24,000 earth and planetary scientists from across the globe – making it one of the best opportunities to showcase new research from the past year…

June, 2016: New paper published in G3 on W. Mediterranean subduction

Former BRG M.S. student Kory Kirchner (class of 2014) first-authored a paper on his work dating high pressure metamorphic rocks from southern Spain using Rb-Sr multi-mineral isochron geochronology.  Kory’s paper, entitled: “Early Miocene subduction in the western Mediterranean: constraints from Rb-Sr multi-mineral isochron geochronology” demonstrates that subduction in the Betic Cordillera of southern Spain occurred…

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Congrats to Alissa Kotowski for receiving an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship this year! Her project focuses on subduction-related eclogites and blueschist preserved on Syros Island in Greece.  You can read more about it here.  

February, 2016: Behr awarded an NSF CAREER award for 2016-2021

Dr. Behr’s CAREER project will focus on investigating the rheological properties and evolution of subduction interfaces using exhumed rocks. We are primarily interested in the types of heterogeneities that develop within subduction interface shear zones and in how deformational styles and mechanisms change as rocks are progressively subducted to depth.  The project will focus on three exhumed subduction complexes that…

February, 2016: BRG wins Best Represented Research Group at the JSG Research Symposium!

All six BRG graduate students and one undergraduate presented at the Jackson School’s Annual Research Symposium this year, and were awarded Best Represented Research Group for their well executed presentations and posters.  Here are their posters!

Two new papers published in 2015

Two new papers published in 2015

In Peter Gold’s paper we report the first geologic slip rate for the Banning strand of the southern San Andreas fault and discuss the implications for strain partitioning and seismic hazard in southern California. †Gold, P.O., Behr, W.M., Rood, D.H., Sharp, W., Rockwell, T., Kendrick, K., ^Salin, A., 2015. Holocene geologic slip rate for the Banning strand…

September, 2015: several BRG students attend the Annual SCEC Meeting in Palm Springs

written by Ph.D. Candidate Rachel Bernard In September, four members of the Behr Research Group had the opportunity to attend the Southern California Earthquake Center’s (SCEC) 2015 annual meeting. PhD students Peter Gold and Rachel Bernard, and undergraduate senior Rosie Fryer joined Whitney in presenting posters on their recent research relevant to the southern California…

August, 2015: 2 new M.S. students join the BRG!

JJ Muñoz is pursuing an M.S. degree with research interests in Structural Geology, Geochemistry, and Neotectonics. JJ graduated from the University of Arizona in 2015 with a B.S. in Geosciences and a B.A. in Environmental Studies. During that time, JJ participated in an exchange at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile where he contributed to a neotectonics…

August 2015: New Jackson Post-doc joins the BRG

The BRG is excited to welcome Dr. Kyle Ashley to UT Austin as a Jackson School of Geosciences Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow!  Kyle earned his BSc at SUNY Potsdam, his MSc at the University of Vermont, and his Ph.D. at Virginia Tech. His research is focused on the evolution of metamorphic and igneous systems, applying pseudosection…

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Congrats to Ph.D. Candidate Rachel Bernard for receiving an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for her work on western US mantle xenoliths!

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