The workshop included a day of scientific presentations during which S. Merkel gave a class on Mantle Convection and a day of field trip. The workshop was also a nice and rare opportunity for high school teachers in Northern France to be in contact with international research in their region.
The lecture topics included Earth magnetism, with Céline Guervilly and David Cébron, Mineralogy by Nadège Hilairet and James Badro, Mantle Dynamics by Clint Conrad and Maylis Landeau, and deep Earth Seismology by Ed Garnero and Pierre Boué. Xavier Le Pichon gave the introductory seminar, a rare opportunity to meet one of the fathers of plate tectonics!
Two weeks of great opportunity for advanced classes and meeting world experts!
Federica Rochira gave her first talk at the Institute of Geophysics in Münster. She presented her part of the TIMEleSS project and the first results about the out-of-plane reflections in the mid-mantle. The seismology group of Münster was present but also Carmen and Matthias of the Institute of Mineralogy, also involved in the TIMEleSS project.
Estelle Ledoux is a PhD student in the Earth and Planetary Materials group at the Université de Lille since May 2018.
She received a Bachelor degree in Geology from the Université de Caen and a Master degree in Earth, Environment and Planetary sciences at the Université de Orléans. She is interested in minerals, their microstructures, and how they can be induced by deformation. After working on the deformation of natural plutonic rocks under the Cyclades islands, she is now looking into the Earth’s interior.
Her PhD project is funded by the Université de Lille and TIMEleSS. He role within TIMEleSS will concern phase transitions in mantle minerals.
Federica Rochira is a PhD student in the seismology group at WWU Münster since March 2018.
She received a Bachelor degree in Geology and a Master degree in Geophysics at the University of Bari in Italy. She is fascinated by the structure and composition of the Earth. After working on the Earth’s crust, she is now looking deeper into the mantle using a multidisciplinary approach that combines seismology, the most powerful tool “to see” the interior of the Earth, with mineral physics, the key to interpret seismic data.
Her PhD project within TIMEleSS focuses on investigation of seismic signals from structures and discontinuities in the mid-mantle using array seismology method.
Matthias Krug is a PhD student in the mineralogy group at WWU Münster since April 2018.
After finishing his Bachelor’s in Geosciences he continued with a Master’s in Geomaterials, both in Göttingen. He is interested in the composition of the earth’s interior and how different minerals and their phase transitions determine the behavior of the whole system.
His contribution to the project will be to investigate microstructures and textures induced by phase transition in basaltic crust using high-pressure synchrotron experiments.
The TIMEleSS project is looking for 2 PhD student. Both students will investigate the link between microstructures, phase transitions and seismic structures in the Earth’s deep mantle using a combination of advanced diffraction methods at synchrotron sources and in-house experimental facilities. Both positions should start on March 1st, 2018, or whenever the position are filled.
Candidates should contact Carmen Sanchez-Valle and Sébastien Merkel, following the procedures in the attached PDF files. The review process will start on January 15th, 2018, with all applications submitted until January 14th, 2018.
Good news during the gray fall months of 2017: the TIMEleSS project has been selected!
The TIMEleSS acronym stands for “Phase TransformatIons, MicrostructurEs, and their Seismic Signals from the Earth’s mantle”. We will receive a bilateral grant, from the ANR in France and the DFG in Germany, for a total sum of approximately 700 k€. The project includes salaries for 3 PhD students, 1 post-doc, undergraduate works, travel, consumables, and some equipment for our experiments.
With the project, we aim at studying deep mantle discontinuities through a combined mineral physics — seismology approach. The combination of both mineral physics and seismology input be used to model deep mantle processes.
The scientific project is planned to start in the spring of 2018 and will run for 3 years. Stay tuned!