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Dr Elisabetta Mariani MSc, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Earth Materials Earth, Ocean and Ecological Sciences

    Research

    Expertise

    I study natural materials and design experiments to understand how the mechanical properties of crystals and their imperfections, as well as fluid-rock interactions influence earthquake processes, large scale tectonics and mantle flow. My research is underpinned by electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD – a world leading electron microscopy technique in UoL Environmental Sciences) and experimental rock deformation equipment of unique design.

    Research Grants

    Solidification in mafic magma chambers

    NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL (NERC)

    December 2008 - September 2012

    Calibration of a new model for mantle viscosity: the role of grain boundaries from bicrystal experiments

    NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL (NERC)

    November 2018 - October 2021

    The geological record of the earthquake cycle in the lower crust

    NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL (NERC)

    January 2017 - January 2020

    Regime change: convection and crystallisation of magma

    NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL (NERC)

    January 2016 - June 2019

    A new method to track the evolution of rock microstructures in shear deformation (torsion) experiment

    NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL (NERC)

    February 2009 - November 2011

    Fluid flow in the Earth: the influence of dehydration reactions and stress

    NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL (NERC)

    September 2012 - June 2017

    The evolution of deformation mechanisms, physical conditions and physical properties in the seismogenic Alpine Fault zone: a pilot study

    NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL (NERC)

    March 2010 - March 2014

    The Feedback Between Volatiles and Mantle Dynamics

    NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL (NERC)

    September 2014 - September 2020

    Grain boundary mobility and recrystallization kinetics in deforming anhydrite rocks

    NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL (NERC)

    January 2010 - January 2014

    The Strength of the Lower Mantle

    NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL (NERC)

    June 2014 - December 2017

    Research Collaborations

    Richard Warden

    Internal

    Dave Prior

    Internal

    Elah Ghassemieh

    External: University of Sheffield, UK

    Dan Faulkner

    Internal

    John Wheeler

    Internal