Our group, in the Department of Geoscience at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, currently consists of Dr. Pamela Burnley, Dr. Sylvia-Monique Thomas, Dr. Yongjun Chen, and their graduate and undergraduate students.
Dr. Burnley is currently looking for new graduate students. For more information click here.
To visit Dr. Thomas' website, click here.
Top from left to right: Dawn Reynoso, Alexandra Kosmides, May Sas, and Pamela Burnley. Bottom from left to right: Sylvia-Monique Thomas, Yongjun Chen, Brian Erickson, Christopher Cline, Michael Barnes, and Tim Bright.
Christopher Cline examining the diamond anvils at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, National Synchrotron Light Source.
We use high-pressure experimentation, in-situ synchrotron x-ray diffraction, scanning and transmission electron microscopy for analysis of samples, and numerical modeling. In combination, these research tools allow us to better understand the grain-scale processes that control the large-scale mechanical behavior of Earth's materials including those exhibited in mantle convection and earthquakes. Current projects include study of quartz and olivine deformation using synchrotron x-ray diffraction, elastic-plastic self-consistent modeling of plastic deformation and finite element modeling of microstresses around included phases in minerals.
Please use the links provided on the left to learn about Pamela's research, past and present students, working as an undergraduate in Pamela's lab, and available graduate projects.