Pamela Burnley

Associate Professor

Ph.D. - University of California, Davis: 1990

High Pressure Rock Deformation, Mineral Physics, Metamorphic Petrology, Geoscience Education


Pamela Burnley's Research Group Website


GEOL442/642 Geophysics

Mineral Physics 101

Area of Research

My research focuses on the mechanical behavior of rocks at high temperature and pressure and on the interaction between the processes of deformation and metamorphic reaction. I 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 the distribution of stress and strain in deforming polycrystals.