8051 Regents Drive
College Park, MD 20742
jabader [at] terpmail [dot] umd [dot] edu
My research interests include understanding how magma coalesces and moves through the mantle and crustal regions of the Earth. My current project is to analyze and quantify the effects of shear deformation on the permeability and melt structure of mid ocean ridge rocks.
The data I am analyzing comes from x-ray micro tomography imaging of a rock that has undergone shear deformation, of known melt and chemical composition. Understanding permeability anisotropy is crucial in understanding how magma moves through the Earth and how this leads to crustal formation and volcanism. Understanding the geophysical processes of grain scale melt movement will help reconcile geochemical and field evidence for crustal production and magma upwelling rates.