Alyssa Abbey (since 2020)
Alyssa Abbey is a postdoctoral fellow at the Berkeley Geochronology Center and the University of California, Berkeley. Previously, she earned a BS in Geosciences and a BA in French from the University of Arizona, Followed by a PhD from the University of Michigan. Working with Dr. Nathan Niemi at the University of Michigan she used thermochronometric and geochronologic methods to explore processes related to both continental rifting and long-lived topography by studying the development of the Rio Grande rift, and the southern Rocky Mountains of Colorado.
Alyssa’s current research interests revolve around crustal and surface deformation related to active tectonics and fault growth. To explore confounding large-scale tectonic questions related to the development of continental rifts, fold-thrust-belts, and relict landscapes she uses field-based approaches in combination with low-temperature thermochronometry and cosmogenic radionuclide dating methods. Her work aims to address the timing and rates of mountain building and erosional responses related to different processes at different but often overlapping timescales. Her existing projects include studying fault growth and paleo-erosion in the Andean Precordillera (San Juan, Argentina), exploring heat flow and records of water-rock interaction in the Sierra Nevada (CA, USA), paleo-topography preservation and river incision in the Colorado Rocky Mountains (CO, USA), extensional deformation in the western most Basin and Range (CA & NV, USA), and thermochronometry modeling methods testing (QTQt & HeFTy). She is also interested in science communication efforts and is actively involved in programs dedicated to enhancing youth science learning (“Be a Scientist” & storytelling/narrative writing and research), as well as increasing informal education to the public (The Biota Project).
Tobias Dalton (since 2020)
Toby is a Lecturer in Basin Analysis at Kingston University where he has been for the past 2 and a half years. Prior to this he was a Teaching Fellow at the University of Leeds while completing his PhD in “The Structural Evolution of Thin Shale Detached Deepwater Fold and Thrust Belts”. His research has focussed on gravitationally induced deformation on passive margins and has recently broadened out to study plate scale movements beneath Africa through the integration of multiple field, seismic and geophysical data sets.
Zoe Mildon (since 2020)
Zoe completed her PhD at University College London (supervised by Gerald Roberts, Joanna Faure Walker and Peter Sammonds) in 2017. During her PhD, she spent 4 months as a JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) Short-Term Fellow at Tohoku University in Sendai, hosted by Prof. Shinji Toda, where she worked on static stress modelling of earthquakes and seismic hazard. Following her PhD, she moved to the University of Plymouth in 2018 as a Lecturer in Earth Sciences.
Her research investigates earthquake dynamics and fault interactions in the central Apennines of Italy and she has worked in other regions of active tectonics, including New Zealand, Japan and Iceland. She is interested in understanding how high-resolution structural field data, historical records of earthquakes and fault slip rates can be used to better understand seismic hazard, through a combination of fieldwork and numerical modelling.
Amicia Lee (since January 2021)
Amicia is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Rock Deformation Processes and Electron Microscopy at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. Her research focusses on understanding the deformation mechanisms in mafic rocks. She studies the microstructures from natural rocks in Northern Norway and shear deformation experiments performed on a Griggs Rig at Université d’Orléans in France. She completed her PhD on “Microstructures and seismic properties of partial melt shear zones” at the University of Leeds in 2019 (supervised by Taija Torvela, Geoff Lloyd and Andrew Walker). She studied ‘frozen’ melt microstructures in deformed migmatites and used their crystallographic data to simulate the seismic properties for exhumed sections of crust as if they were presently melting underneath continental collision zones. When not looking at microstructures, Amicia can be found running, skiing and climbing in the mountains around Tromsø.
Auriol Rae (since January 2021)
Auriol is a Junior Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge, UK, and a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Freiburg, Germany. His research focusses on impact cratering and associated highly dynamic processes. Auriol completed his PhD at Imperial College London in 2018, where he investigated the dynamics and kinematics of complex crater formation using a combination of field and petrographic observations, and numerical impact simulations. In particular, Auriol studied the formation of the central uplifts at the Clearwater Lake impact structures, Canada, and the formation of the peak ring of the Chicxulub impact structure, Mexico, as part of IODP-ICDP Expedition 364. Ongoing research interests include: structural indicators of oblique impacts, micro-structural indicators of shock wave propagation, and strain-rate dependent rock strength and fragmentation.
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