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Structural Geology & Tectonics at BC

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New paper published in Lithosphere!

Good news! Today the paper our paper, entitled “Cretaceous partial melting, deformation, and exhumation of the Potters Pond migmatite domain, west-central Idaho” was published in the journal Lithosphere as part of a[…]

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Who we are

Some of the current and former faces of the SG&T group at Boston College

Seth C. Kruckenberg

Assistant Professor
(Master of Chaos since Fall 2012)

Lauren Shea

Current Graduate Student
(Joined the group Fall 2017)

Martha Parsons

Former Masters Student
(Graduated May 2016)

William Montz

Former Masters Student
(Graduated August 2016)

Shaina Cohen

Former Masters Student
(Graduated May 2016)

Nick Cokonis

Former BC Undergrad
(2014 Alum)

Dr. Vasileios Chatzaras

Former Postdoc (2013)
Now an Assistant Professor at the University of Sydney

What we do

Research efforts in the Structural Geology & Tectonics group at BC aim to understand the deformation of the Earth’s tectonic plates at a variety of lithospheric levels, conditions, and spatial scales. Our research focuses on a number of themes, including: (i) the growth, evolution, and collapse of orogenic systems; (ii) feedbacks between deformation and melt migration in the mid-crust through upper mantle; (iii) mechanisms of dynamic strain localization and rheological weakening; and (iv) the micromechanical and kinematic record of structural fabric (i.e. foliation and lineation) and texture (i.e. crystallographic preferred orientation) formation in polyphase deformed rocks. 

The central aim of our research efforts is to further our understanding of how intrinsic rock properties (e.g., composition, melt fraction, grain size, crystallographic texture), extrinsic conditions (e.g., P-T conditions, stress state, ƒO2), and deformation history affect the rheological evolution of the lithosphere. Understanding these processes across a range of spatial scales and tectonic settings requires expertise in a variety of analytical methods, which I believe are best complemented by research fundamentally rooted in comprehensive field-based investigation. 

My goal as a faculty member is thus to educate a new generation of students interested in quantitative, field-oriented structural geology and tectonic studies. Within my research group, we therefore employ a multi-disciplinary approach to solve tectonic problems that draws upon a variety of analytical techniques, including: detailed field-based mapping and structural analysis, microstructural and crystallographic textural analysis using electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), geochronology and thermochronology studies, and petrologic investigations. To learn more, please explore the research pages and associated information about the SEM Lab at Boston College.

Field-Based Mapping & Structural Analysis

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Microstructural & Textural Analysis using Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD)

Microstructural and textural analysis using electron backscatter diffraction are foundational techniques used within our research group at Boston College, as they allow for the rapid quantitative characterization of physical and chemical rock properties (e.g., rock microstructure, phase distribution, patterns of crystallographic preferred orientation) from which the intrinsic and extrinsic controls on deformation history can be interrogated, particularly when combined with field-based studies and other research methods.

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U-Pb Geochronology

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CASE STUDY

Burlington mylonite zone

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Western Idaho shear zone

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