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Greg Hirth

Professor:
Geological Sciences
Phone: +1 401 863 7063
Greg_Hirth@brown.edu

My interests are in experimental rock mechanics, deformation mechanisms in both crustal and mantle lithologies, structural geology, application of experimental flow laws to geophysical and geological observations. I also investigate the processes that control the mechanical behavior of rocks using optical and electron microscopy in conjunction with theoretical considerations. I study the physical and chemical properties of rocks and minerals from a material science perspective.

Biography

I came to Brown from an Associate Scientist position in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. I also served as a research affiliate in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. My work has been published in Geology, Nature, Earth and Planetary Sciences, and Tectonophysics, among other journals. I am a member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), a fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America, and was secretary of the Tectonophysics section of the AGU.

Awards

1985: NAGT-USGS Coop Summer Field Training Internship
1989-1990: Corinna Borden Deen Fellowship, Brown University
2001: Geological Society of America Best Paper Award in Structural Geology and Tectonics (Dunlap et al., 1997).
2003-present: Fellow of the Deep Ocean Exploration Institute, WHOI
2006: Fellow of Mineralogical Society of America
2008: Fellow American Geophysical Union
2008-2009: NSF-MARGINS Distinguished Lecturer

Affiliations

Member, American Geophysical Union, Mineralogical Society of America
2003-present: Fellow of the Deep Ocean Exploration Institute, WHOI
2006: Fellow of Mineralogical Society of America
2008: Fellow American Geophysical Union

Teaching

GEOL 0160G: First Year Seminar: Energy Resources
GEOL 1560: Global Tectonics
GEOL 1960A: Rheology of the Crust and Mantle
GEOL 2910G: Dynamics of Ice Sheets and Glaciers
GEOL 2920Q: Rheological Boundaries in the Earth

ADVISING
Current Graduate Students:
Nicholas Dygert (co-advising w/Prof. Yan Liang)
Amanda Getsinger
Christopher Havlin (co-advising w/ Prof. Marc Parmentier)
Takamasa Kanaya (co-advising w/ Prof. Marc Parmentier)
Brooks Proctor
Ran Yin (co-advising w/ Profs. Liang and Parmentier

Funded Research

Recent Funding:

EAR: Collaborative Research: Titanium in Deforming Quartz and the Thermo-mechanics of Detachment and Thrust Systems.

EAR: Experimental Constraints on the Rheology of the Lower Continental Crust.

EAR: Collaborative Research: Microstructural and Modeling Constraints on Strain Localization, LPO Development and Rheology of the Upper Mantle.

EAR: Collaborative Research: The Dynamics of Plume-Trench Interaction: Samoa-Tonga.

OCE: Thermal-Mechanical Behavior of Oceanic Transform Faults.

OCE: Collaborative Research: Melt Transport and Mechanical Properties in Partially Molten Peridotites.

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Curriculum Vitae

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