GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Brandon is interested in the evolution of the upper lithosphere along continental rifted margins. He is currently using marine wide-angle seismic data from the Eastern North American Margin Community Seismic Experiment to characterize seismic anisotropy in the upper mantle produced by crystal fabrics formed during Jurassic rifting. Recently, through a combination of velocity analysis and petrological modeling, Brandon has also investigated the composition of lower oceanic crust to explore mantle-melting conditions that affect the thickness and composition of crust during its formation.
Marine geophysics, seismology, tectonics
Harm Van Avendonk
B.S., Geology (Petroleum Emphasis), Western State Colorado University
B.S., Mathematics, Western State Colorado University
Office: ROC 3.102J