New funded student research opportunities in Central Australia!

Great news! 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.



Interested in learning more about the past and present research conducted in my 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.



The workhorse of our research 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!



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

Stress variations in space and time within the mantle section of an oceanic transform zone: Evidence for the seismic cycle

Journal Article
Chatzaras, V., Tikoff, B., Kruckenberg, S.C., Titus, S.J., Teyssier, C., and Drury, M.R.
Geology, 46(6), 569-573, doi: 10.1130/G47137.1
Publication year: 2020

Coupled deformation and melt-migration events recording subduction initiation, Dun Mountain ophiolite, New Zealand

Book Chapter
Stewart, E., Newman, J., Tikoff, B., Donnely, S., German, L., Chatzaras, V., Lamb, W.M, Miller, B., and Kruckenberg, S.C.
Geological Society, London, Memoirs January 2019, 49 (1), 93-117, doi: 10.1144/M49.5.
Publication year: 2019

Low viscosity of mantle rocks linked to phase boundary sliding

Journal Article
Zhao, N., Hirth, G., Cooper, R.F., Kruckenberg, S.C., and Cukjati, J.
Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 517, pp. 83-94, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2019.04.019
Publication year: 2019

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3 years ago
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Glomerocryst of Pyroxene, Plagioclase and ? in the 105 ka cordierite-bearing dacite of the Pulera lava flow (Lipari, Italy)
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3 years ago
Out today! Our new paper in Geosphere, entitled “From intracrystalline distortion to plate motion: Unifying structural, kinematic, and textural analysis in heterogeneous shear zones through crystallographic orientation-dispersion methods” SCKruc photo
4 years 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! SCKruc photo
4 years 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 SCKruc photo
4 years 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