Three PhD projects are advertised for collaborative research in the FoaLab. For more information about Oxford graduate admissions please see https://www.earth.ox.ac.uk/teaching/graduates/graduate-admissions/. Contact Richard Katz with questions.
Catch the latest news of the ERC-funded FoaLab RIFT-O-MAT project on magma-assisted tectonics by watching Katz's seminar talk for students at the University of Rwanda, ICTP-East African Institute for Fundamental Research. @ERC_Research https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhCc2Yk68cM
Clusters of subglacial seismicity are interpreted as evidence for 'sticky patches' at the ice–bed interface, even where subglacial water pressure is high. PhD student Hanwen Zhang has shown that sticky patches also promote and localise basal crevassing. https://doi.org/10.1017/jog.2022.75
Mid-ocean ridges have cross-axis asymmetry; explanations have been unsatisfactory. A new publication by @AdinaPusok et al. shows that chemical (density) fractionation by melt segregation can amplify convection, break symmetry and explain observations. https://doi.org/10.1093/gji/ggac309
You are rightly sceptical that sea-level variations associated with glacial cycles pace the creation of abyssal hills. But have you read the latest by Huybers et al (co-author Katz)? New models and spectra that might convince you. https://www.pnas.org/doi/full/10.1073/pnas.2204761119
FoaLab is advertising a 1-year, ERC-funded research position intended for Ukrainian scientists. Research topic is flexible but should be related to the mechanics of liquid–solid systems. 🇪🇺🇺🇦 Anyone can apply. Details are here https://tinyurl.com/rift-o-mat-ukraine.
Speed and style are fundamental, at least for magma transport. Our Annual Reviews paper helps you and your students understand the latest constraints, hypotheses, and questions about magma transport through the mantle and into the lithosphere. @tokeller https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-earth-032320-083704