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Alexander Taylor

Graduate Student


CHM 0210A
Chemistry Building
8051 Regents Drive
College Park, MD 20742

ataylor0 [at] umd [dot] edu


Research Interests

I study the pressure-temperature history of rocks that have been subducted and then exhumed in a paleosubduction zone on Santa Catalina Island, CA. To do this, I use relatively new techniques like zirconium-in-rutile thermometry and quartz-in-garnet Raman barometry. More broadly, my research interests include metamorphism in subduction zones and tectonic processes as a whole. Unraveling what happens to rocks in subduction zones is important for understanding things like megathrust earthquakes, episodic tremor and slip (ETS), and fluid flow.

I am also very interested in geoscience communications. Check out my blog, Rock Your World ( and follow me on Twitter @geodude_taylor. If you have a project or research that you want someone to write about, let me know!