Research Associates and Postdoctoral Scientists
4044 Derring Hall (0420)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
PhD, Earth Sciences, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, 2011
M.S., Earth Sciences (Geochemistry & Petrology), ETH Zurich, Switzerland, 2006
My research interests focus on alteration processes of the oceanic crust, with the main focus on serpentinization of ultramafic rocks. This includes: (i) mineralogical and petrological characterization of alteration processes formed during water-rock interaction of the oceanic lithosphere, e.g. caused by exposure to seawater along mid-ocean ridges or during metasomatism in subduction zones, (ii) determining the extent of chemical exchange and cycling of elements (e.g. carbon and sulfur) between the lithosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere, (iii) studying the influence of serpentinization and the formation of hydrogen and methane on microbial activity, (iv) investigating continental, weathering-type alteration of ultramafic rocks, and formation of Mg-rich to highly alkaline waters and their implication for biological activity.
Links to research groups:
Sedimentary geochemistry group and stable isotope laboratory:
Having trouble finding someone?
If you can't find someone in the department, try Virginia Tech's People Search.