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.

Featured Publications

Effects of melt-percolation, refertilization, and deformation on upper mantle seismic anisotropy: constraints from peridotite xenoliths, Marie Byrd Land, Antarctica

Book ChapterJournal Article
Chatzaras, V. and Kruckenberg, S.C.
From: Martin, A.P. and van der Wal, W. (eds) 2021. The Geochemistry and Geophysics of the Antarctic Mantle. Geological Society. London, Memoirs, 56, doi: 10.1144/M56-2020-16
Publication year: 2021

Crystallographically controlled void space at grain boundaries in the Harkless quartzite

Journal Article
Nagurney, A.B., Caddick, M.J., Law, R.D., Ross, N.L., and Kruckenberg, S.C.
Journal of Structural Geology, 143, doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2020.104235
Publication year: 2021

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

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