Dr. James Day : Professor

Dr. James Day

Professor

jmdday@ucsd.edu

I am a geologist and geochemist focusing on the research of volcanism and what the mineralogy and composition of rocks can tell about how the planets formed and evolved to their present-day states. I study asteroids and products formed in the mantle of Mars, the Earth, and the Moon. I also study terrestrial basaltic volcanism to further understand crust formation processes and the role of volcanism on Earth system cycles.
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Dr. Sarah Aarons : Assistant Professor

Dr. Sarah Aarons

Assistant Professor

smaarons@ucsd.edu

I am an isotope geochemist interested in understanding and tracking earth surface processes in a variety of environments on both geologic timescales and throughout the modern. Some examples of previous research include tracing mineral dust provenance in Antarctic ice during major climate transitions, and exploring the effects of physical and chemical weathering on newly developed isotope systems. This research involves clean lab chemistry and high precision isotope analysis on a thermal ionization mass spectrometer (TIMS) or a multi-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (MC-ICPMS). There is also the potential to incorporate a significant amount of fieldwork depending on the research area and project. If you are interested in conducting research please feel free to contact me.

Post-Docs

Dr. Marine Paquet : Post-Doctoral Researcher

Dr. Marine Paquet

Post-Doctoral Researcher

mpaquet@ucsd.edu
Dr. Emily A. Pringle : Scripps Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Emily A. Pringle

Scripps Post-Doctoral Fellow

eapringle@ucsd.edu

I am interested in the early evolution of Earth and other bodies in the inner Solar System, including the processes of accretion, core formation, and silicate differentiation.
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Graduate Students

Jacques Lyakov : Graduate Student (PhD)

Jacques Lyakov

Graduate Student (PhD)

jlyakov@ucsd.edu
Eleanor (Carrie) McIntosh : Graduate Student (PhD)

Eleanor (Carrie) McIntosh

Graduate Student (PhD)

ecmcintosh@ucsd.edu

Formation and Evolution of the Moon

Brian Oller : Graduate Student (PhD)

Brian Oller

Graduate Student (PhD)

boller@ucsd.edu

Tectonics and mantle geochemistry (co-advised by Prof. N. Driscoll)

Ben Kumler : Graduate Student (MS)

Ben Kumler

Graduate Student (MS)

bkumler@ucsd.edu

Alumni

Ph.D. Students

Dr. Joyce Shi Sim : Post-Doctoral Associate at Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institution for Science, Washington

Dr. Joyce Shi Sim

Post-Doctoral Associate at Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institution for Science, Washington

ssim@carnegiescience.edu

Ph.D in Geophysics, 2018
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Dr. Jasmeet Dhaliwal – PhD Cosmochemistry 2016 – Post-Doctoral Scientist, Penn State University
Dr. Brad Peters – PhD Geochemistry 2016 – Post-Doctoral Fellow, Carnegie Institution for Science

Master’s Students

Jennifer Maria Benavides :

Jennifer Maria Benavides

MS 2018

Brendon Mendenhall :

Brendon Mendenhall

Nicole D. Phelan :

Nicole D. Phelan

MS 2018

Eric Snortum :

Eric Snortum

MS 2018

Diana Brown – MS 2017
Kim Reed – MS 2016
Chris Corder – MS 2015
Jorge Perez – MS 2013
Caitlin Traver – MS 2013

Visiting Scientists and Post-Docs

Dr. Lukas Ackerman – Fulbright Scholar 2016 – Czech Academy of Sciences
Dr. Kim Tait – Visiting Scholar 2014-2015 – Curator, Royal Ontario Museum
Dr. Chris Waters – Post-Doc 2011-2014 – Teaching Professor, Mesa College

Undergraduate Researchers

Allison Kubo : Undergraduate Researcher

Allison Kubo

Undergraduate Researcher

akubo@ucsd.edu

Petrogenesis of terrestrial and martian igneous rocks

Demian Nelson, Bridget Guiza, Magaret Deng, Caleb Strom, Kristina Olsen, Courtney Jiskoot, Garrett Stewart, Karen Wu, Jeffrey Hernandez, Harpreet Batther