Seth C. Kruckenberg

Seth C. Kruckenberg

Assistant Professor, Boston College
Research
Research Interests: My research aims to understand deformation in the lithosphere over a range of levels, conditions, and spatial scales, with a particular focus on processes that affect its dynamic evolution, including: the growth and...
Teaching
SEM Lab
Devlin Hall 316 (my office and research lab) was recently renovated to house our new Tescan Mira 3 LMU variable pressure (VP) schottky field emission scanning electron microscope equipped with a variety of analytical detectors including: secondary...
Curriculum Vitae
Seth Caley Kruckenberg - Curriculum Vitae Assistant Professor - Boston College Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences 140 Commonwealth Avenue Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts 02467 USA Phone: (617) 552-3647, Fax: (617) 552-2462 Email: seth.kruckenberg@bc.edu Education Ph.D. Geology,...

Research

Research Interests:

My research aims to understand deformation in the lithosphere over a range of levels, conditions, and spatial scales, with a particular focus on processes that affect its dynamic evolution, including: the growth and collapse of orogenic systems; feedbacks between deformation and melt migration in the mid-crust through upper mantle; and mechanisms of strain localization and rheological weakening. Understanding these processes across a range of spatial scales and tectonic settings requires a multidisciplinary approach that makes use of a variety of analytical methods, which are best complemented by research fundamentally rooted in comprehensive field-based investigation.

As a quantitative, field-oriented geologist, my approach to research incorporates: detailed field-based mapping and structural analyses, crystallographic textural analyses using electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), magnetic fabric characterization including the anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility (AMS), geochronology and thermochronology studies, and petrologic investigations to further our understanding of how intrinsic rock properties (e.g., composition, melt fraction, grain size, crystallographic texture) and extrinsic conditions (e.g., pressure-temperature conditions, deformation history) affect lithospheric processes through time.

A note to prospective / interested students:

I am always looking for motivated graduate and undergraduate students interested in furthering their geoscience education in the broad field of structure and tectonic studies. I have a number of active research projects that are currently funded and new opportunites are always arising. I encourage you to look at the types of research projects that I am currently working on, as well as my past research publications, and do not hesitate to contact me for any additional information using the information provided on the home page.

New paper published in Lithosphere!
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...
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SEM Lab

Devlin Hall 316 (my office and research lab) was recently renovated to house our new

Tescan Mira 3 LMU variable pressure (VP) schottky field emission scanning electron microscope equipped with a variety of analytical detectors including: secondary electron (SE), backscattered electron (BSE), cathodoluminescence, and VP-SE.

Our SEM is also equipped with an Oxford Instruments X-MaxN 50 mm2 silicon drift x-ray detector and an Oxford Instruments NordlysMax2 electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) detector for rapid characterization of mineral compositions and crystallographic orientations.

Supporting instrumentation for the SEM lab includes: (1) an EMS 150 TE Carbon-coater with a turbomolecular pump, capable of producing very thin (and reproducible) conductive coatings used in imaging, EDS, and EBSD analyses; (2) a Struers LabPol-5 polisher for making polished grain mounts of accessory minerals for cathodoluminescence imaging; (3) a Buehler Vibromet2 polisher for preparing samples for EBSD analyses; and (4) a range of optical microscopy tools for characterization of samples.

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 themed issue on the EarthScope IDOR project: Deformation and Magmatic Modification of a Steep Continental Margin, Western Idaho-Eastern Oregon This …