Alicia (Cici) Cruz-Uribe
My research focuses on metamorphic petrology and geochemistry, particularly of subduction zone rocks. Some of the overarching questions I pursue include:
- How does subduction zone metamorphism influence arc magmatism?
- How do the physical processes occurring at the slab-mantle interface impact the mantle wedge and overlying arc structure?
- What are the spatial and temporal scales of equilibrium in metamorphic rocks?
I approach these questions using petrography, major element geochemistry, trace element geochemistry, isotope geochemistry, geochronology, field observations, and experimental petrology. In addition to petrologic questions, I am interested in applying microanalytical techniques to any suitable problem, within or outside the Earth and Climate Sciences. A list of current projects in on our geodynamics research group page.
I am the head of the MAGIC Laboratory (MicroAnalytical Geochemistry and Isotope Characterization), which consists of a NWR193UC Excimer laser ablation system coupled to an Agilent 8900 triple quadrupole ICP-MS.
I also oversee the Experimental Petrology Laboratory, which houses a Bristol-style end-loaded piston cylinder press.
ERS330 – Earth Materials
ERS433 – Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
ERS527 – Isotope Geochemistry
ERS579 – Topics in Structure and Petrology: Geochronology