Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Accretion, core formation, and composition of the deep interiors of Earth and other terrestrial planets. She combines high-pressure, high-temperature mineral physics experiments with planetary-scale modeling.
Fischer received a B.A. in Earth and Planetary Sciences and Integrated Science from Northwestern University in 2009, and a Ph.D. in Geophysical Sciences from the University of Chicago in 2015.
Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences Affiliate Faculty in Computer Science
Brendan Meade first joined Harvard as Daly Postdoctoral fellow and continued as an Assistant then Associate Professor of Earth & Planetary Sciences.
His research is focused on the geodetic imaging of earthquake cycle processes with an emphasis on the detection of interseismic elastic strain accumulation. Meade's lab is responsible for deconvolving tectonic and earthquake cycle signals across the Japanese Islands to identify the coupled subduction zone interface that ruptured during the great Tohoku-oki earthquake of 2011. He holds Ph.D. in Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and B.A. in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology from Johns Hopkins University.
Jerry X. Mitrovica joined Harvard in 2009 as a Professor of Geophysics.His work focuses on the Earth's response to external and internal forcings that have time scales ranging from seconds to billions of years. He has written extensively on topics ranging from the connection of mantle convective flow to the geological record, the rotational stability of the Earth and other terrestrial planets, ice age geodynamics, and the geodetic and geophysical signatures of ice sheet melting in our progressively warming world. Sea-level change has served as the major theme of these studies, with particular emphasis on critical events in ice age climate and on the sea-level fingerprints of modern polar ice sheet collapse.
Mitrovica is the Frank B. Baird, Jr., Professor of Science at Harvard University. He is a former Director of the Earth Systems Evolution Program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and J. Tuzo Wilson Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Toronto, where he also received his Ph.D. degree. He is the recipient of the Arthur L. Day Medal from the Geological Society of America, the W.S Jardetsky Medal from Columbia University, the A.E.H. Love Medal from the European Geosciences Union and the Rutherford Memorial Medal from the Royal Society of Canada. He is also a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the Geological Society of America, as well as a past Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
I am a seismologist interested in ambient seismic sources and the way they illuminate the subsurface to provide us nearly continuous information about Earth structure. I am utilizing ambient noise to study the site response of sedimentary basins, which is an important hazard factor during earthquakes. It may also reveal how sedimentary basins, which underlie many towns and cities, respond to environmental changes.
Alissar Yehya, Baha and Walid Bassatne Department of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Energy, AUB, Beirut, Lebanon; Associate, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University
Title: Influence of fluid-assisted healing on fault permeability structure
Abstract: Micro-cracks in fault damage zones can heal through diffusive mass transfer controlled by temperature and pressure. The diffusion of pore fluid pressure in fault damage zones...
My research is focused on understanding volatiles in planetary interiors, with a current focus on nitrogen and nitrogen-bearing phases. I use high-pressure and high-temperature experimental methods to recreate planetary interior conditions so as to study volatile-containing phases in-situ using a variety of analysis techniques. My work aims to better understand how volatiles are incorporated into planetary mantles (both in the Earth and in other planets), as well as how planetary interiors are connected to the surface atmosphere composition through outgassing processes.
We welcome Prof. Magali Billen as the Harvard EPS Visiting Scholar from November 4-6, 2019. Professor Billen is a geophysicist who uses numerical tools to understand subduction zone dynamics and a wide variety of related phenomena. Additional information about Dr. Billen’s research can be found at her ...