New funded student research opportunities in Central Australia!

Great news for Structural Geology & Tectonics studies at BC! My grant proposal, entitled “Field and microstructural investigation of strain localization processes, texture development, and the rheology of naturally deformed lower crust”, was recently approved for funding by the National Science Foundation Tectonics Program.

This project has support for multiple graduate and undergraduate students interested in international research experiences, so whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student interested in this (or other) research opportunities please do not hesitate to contact me.

More information on this research can be found in the associated blog post announcement and on the official NSF award announcement.

View of field locality in central Australia from the top of Ceilidh Hill (Mount Hay region, Arunta basement block) which is composed of interlayered felsica and mafic gabbroic and charnockitic lower crustal granulites.

Research

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Interested in learning more about the past and present research conducted in the Structural Geology & Tectonics group at Boston College? If so, this is your first stop as inside you will find details about current research and student opportunities, publications, facilities, and the people the have made our group special.

SEM Lab

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The workhorse of the BC structural geology & tectonics group is undoubtedly our state-of-the-art Tescan field emission SEM, which is equipped with a variety of analytical detectors  aiding in the imaging and physical & chemical characterization of geological materials. Click to learn more!

Teaching

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I teach a variety of courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Topics range from introductory courses in Earth Materials to advanced courses in Structural Geology and Tectonics. For more information about past course offerings and field excursions follow these links.

Blog Posts & Updates

Featured Publications

Crustal-scale convection and diapiric upwelling of a partially molten orogenic root (Naxos dome, Greece)

Journal Article
Vanderhaeghe, O., Kruckenberg, S.C., Gerbault, M., Martin, L., Duchêne, S., and Deloule, E.
Tectonophysics; doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2018.03.007
Publication year: 2018

Using incremental elongation and shearing to unravel the kinematics of a complex transpressional zone

Journal Article
Xypolias, P., Gerogiannis, N., Chatzaras, V., Papapavlou, K., Kruckenberg, S.C., Aravadinou, E., and Michels, Z.
Journal of Structural Geology; doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2018.07.004
Publication year: 2018

Cretaceous partial melting, deformation, and exhumation of the Potters Pond migmatite domain, west-central Idaho

Journal Article
Montz, W.J. and Kruckenberg, S.C.
Lithosphere; 9 (2): 205-222. doi: 10.1130/L555.1
Publication year: 2017

Recent Tweets

1 month ago
Our new paper in the Journal of Structural Geology, entitled "Using incremental elongation and shearing to unravel the kinematics of a complex transpressional zone", is now available online! https://t.co/tqSWxbG8Up https://t.co/hQ9aAEO7z4 SCKruc photo
3 months ago
With our new @OxInst Symmetry #EBSD detector up and running, my students wanted to make sure we didn’t forget to commemorate our now departed NordlysMax2. #replacedbutneverforgotten #ihavethebeststudents https://t.co/QYlBcyfX3Y SCKruc photo
4 months ago
Our new @OxInst Symmetry #EBSD detector is up an running, and it is completely blowing me away! Currently indexing olivine and pyroxene at >1000 hz with no compromise in data quality; in fact, it’s better!!! This is a total game changer for microstructural analysis. #swoon https://t.co/IQIXLQPsFS
4 months ago
Simply spectacular indeed!!! #structuralgeology https://t.co/IKVuYhUPVM
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There are some rock faces that are simply spectacular, including this rock face in Saltstraumen, near Bodø in northern Norway, result of the so called Caledonian Orogeny, happened about 490 – 390 million years ago https://t.co/JPTQtqFmMn https://t.co/MCw3yNlVf8
4 months ago
Extremely excited to see our new Oxford Instruments ( @OxInst) Symmetry #EBSD detector out of its box and being installed on our @TescanUSA Mira3 FEG-SEM in the Dept. of Earth & Environmental Sci. @BostonCollege today! https://t.co/VS0svY7JtX SCKruc photo