Professor of Mineral Physics
Seismological Laboratory


Select Lab Group News and Events

Congratulations Dr. Natalia Solomatova! Natalia defended her PhD thesis, "Iron-bearing oxides, silicate glasses and carbonates at lower mantle pressures", May 23, 2017

March for Science! Rachel participates in the March for Science in Los Angeles and Jennifer paticipates in Lille, France (April 22, 2017)

Natalia hosts pre-frosh students in the diamond-anvil cell lab (April 19, 2017)

Jennifer is a Visiting Professor at the University of Lille with Prof. Patrick Cordier and PhD student Riccardo Reali, working on the rheology of lower mantle phases (April 2017)

Greg Finkelstein has accepted the Lab Manager position at the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, which is part of the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Congratulations Greg!

Nuclear resonant inelastic x-ray scattering and PHOENIX tutorial at Caltech, by Wolfgang Sturhahn (Feb. 2017)

Itaru Ohira, PhD student from Tohoku University, visits Jackson's lab (Feb-March 2017)

Natalia Solomatova gave a talk about her work on silicate glasses at high pressures at the 2016 Fall AGU

Jennifer Jackson gave an invited talk at the 2016 Fall AGU, on behalf of the KISS Team: Infrasonic and seismic methods to invesitgate the interior of Venus

Jennifer Jackson and group members postdoc Greg Finkelstein, graduate studen Natalia Solomatova, and undergraduate student Tyler Perez host Women in STEM (summer 2016)

Rachel Morrison receives one of the Springer Poster Presentation Awards at the 2016 COMPRES annual meeting for her presentation of "Equations of State of Fe-Ni and Fe-Ni-Si at High Pressure". The award is a 150 Euro book voucher from Springer-Verlag. Congratulations Rachel!

Congratulations to Natalia Solomatova for receiving the GPS Division Teaching Assistant award for Ge 164 Mineral Physics (June 3, 2016)!

Natalia Solomatova will present her research on carbonates and amorphous silicates at the 2016 Goldschmidt conference held in Yokohama, Japan

Rachel Morrison invited to give a talk at the 2016 Research at High Pressure Gordon Research Seminar

CSEDI grant awarded to Jackson (PI), Gurnis, Zhan, and Helmberger (Caltech): Integrated seismic, geodynamic, and mineral physics studies of the deepest lower mantle

Keck Institute for Space Studies grant awarded to Jackson (Caltech), Cutts (JPL), and colleagues at Caltech, UCLA, and French colleagues at ISAE, IPGP, and LMD: Techniques and Technologies for Investigating the Interior Structure of Venus

Developing a Picture of Earth's Mantle: Bridgmanite Provinces

Natalia Solomatova receives Best Poster Presentation award at the 2015 COMPRES Annual Meeting. Congratulations Natalia! Seismo Lab announcement

The Mineral and Rock Physics focus group of the American Geophysical Union has awarded Dongzhou Zhang the 2015 Graduate Research Award, in recognition of his Ph.D. thesis work on the development and application of new techniques to constrain melting points of iron-alloys under extreme conditions. AGU announcement Congratulations Dongzhou! Seismo Lab announcement

Jackson's Lab Group welcomes President of Caltech, Professor Thomas F. Rosenbaum, to the diamond-anvil cell laboratory. Prof. Rosenbaum and Jackson in front of Caltech's new gas-loading facility (The Zephyr), photograph taken by Dr. Greg Finkelstein in Jackson's laboratory:

Podcast on Earth's core featuring Jennifer Jackson (Caltech) and Raymond Jeanloz (Berkeley), by Jenna Bilbrey.

Congratulations Dr. Zhang! Dongzhou Zhang defended his PhD thesis, "Applications of nuclear resonant scattering to further our understanding of Earth's interior", December 4, 2014

New method of detecting melting in situ using the Mössbauer effect: Featured Science Highlight on Advanced Photon Source poster (JPG, 4 MB)

Dongzhou Zhang accepts position as Beamline Scientist at the Partnership for eXtreme Xtallography PX^2, a University of Hawaii NSF/COMPRES-sponsored project located at GSE-CARS, Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory (September 2014). Congratulations Dongzhou!

Dr. Gregory Finkelstein (PhD 2014, Princeton) joins Jennifer Jackson's research group as the Seismological Laboratory's Director Postdoctoral Fellow (September 2014). Welcome Greg!

In-depth CONUSS tutorial, with newly released features, was given by Wolfgang Sturhahn at the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), in Hamburg, Deutschland (July 2014).

Alumni in the news: ETH Postodoctoral Fellowship awarded to Dan Bower(June 2014). Congratulations Dan!

Jennifer Jackson lectured at the sixteenth annual National School on Neutron and X-ray Scattering, held at Argonne and Oak Ridge National Labs (14-28 June 2014). Students conducted experiments at the Advanced Photon Source and Spallation Neutron Source.

Rachel Miller has been selected to receive a 2014 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship. The NDSEG Fellowship is sponsored and funded by the Department of Defense. Congratulations Rachel!

Jackson's group in the Seismo Lab news

Dongzhou Zhang has received the 2013 National Award for Outstanding Self-financed Chinese Students Studying Abroad, sponsored by the China Scholarship Council. This award was founded with the purpose of rewarding the academic excellence of Chinese students studying overseas. Only those with outstanding performance in their Ph.D. studies are considered for the award. Award will be presented in Los Angeles on June 1, 2014. Congratulations Dongzhou!

Jackson's lab featured in Caltech's Engineering & Science magazine (PDF)

Jackson's group presents at the American Geophysical Union 2013 Fall Meeting

While in the Chicago area for experiments at the Advanced Photon Source, Jennifer was interviewed by CBS Chicago's Kate Sullivan on the 1893 Columbian Exposition (aka Chicago's World's Fair), November 2013

Jennifer Jackson elected Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America, October 2013

Congratulations Dr. Zhan! Zhongwen Zhan defended his PhD thesis, "Exploiting Seismic Waveforms of Ambient Noise and Earthquakes", September 16, 2013

The Mineral and Rock Physics focus group of the American Geophysical Union has awarded Caitlin Murphy the 2013 Graduate Research Award, in recognition of her PhD thesis work on the vibrational properties of hcp-Fe. Congratulations Caitlin! (Geophysical Laboratory announcement) (AGU Honors Page)

Jennifer Jackson and Rachel Miller hosted two high school students: Margaret Yu and Ed Guzman and high school teacher Chuong Vu through Caltech's Summer Research Connection. Learn more about the SRC

Jennifer Jackson: COMPRES Distinguished Lecturer, 2013-2014

Congratulations Dr. Wolf! Aaron Wolf defended his PhD thesis, "Probing the Thermodynamic Properties of Mantle Rocks in Solid and Liquid States", May 29, 2013

Congratulations Dr. Wicks! June Wicks defended her PhD thesis, "Sound velocities and equation of state of iron-rich (Mg,Fe)O", May 28, 2013

Dongzhou Zhang receives Student Poster Award at the APS Users Meeting, Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory
Congratulations Dongzhou!

Jackson's research group (June Wicks, Dongzhou Zhang, Natalia Solomatova, Rachel Miller) presents at the USC Deep Earth Dynamics symposium, May 1, 2013

Turner Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Michigan awarded to Aaron Wolf (spring 2013). Congratulatons Aaron!

Hess Postdoctoral Fellowship at Princeton awarded to June Wicks (spring 2013). Congratulatons June!

Dr. Bin Chen recently accepted a faculty position at the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at University of Hawaii. He will start in 2014. Congratulations Bin!

The Jackson Lab welcomes a new gas-loading system, The Zephyr (spring 2013)!

Temperatures in Earth's core are likely hotter than previous claims
(APS Science Highlight)

New method for detecting melting at high-pressures (Caltech research highlight) (Seismo Lab News)

Aaron S. Wolf: Outstanding AGU Student Paper Award, Fall AGU 2012

Jackson's group presents at the American Geophysical Union 2012 Fall Meeting

Dr. Caitlin Murphy joins the Geophysical Laboratory at the Carnegie Institution of Washington as a Postdoctoral Fellow (Fall 2012)

Dr. YoungHee Kim joins the College of Natural Sciences faculty at Seoul National University as Assistant Professor in Solid Earth Geophysics (Fall 2012)

Dr. Lijun Liu joins the Department of Geology faculty at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, as Assistant Professor (Fall 2012)

Jennifer promoted to Full Professor (August 2012)

News of Jennifer's tenure (July 2012)

Jackson's group presents at the 2012 COMPRES/HPMPS Meeting

Congratulations Caitlin Murphy for receiving the GPS Division Teaching Assistant award (June 1, 2012)!

Congratulations Dr. Murphy! Caitlin Murphy defended her thesis, "Thermoelasticty of hexagonal close-packed iron from the phonon density of states", May 18, 2012

Congratulations Dr. Bower! Daniel Bower defended his thesis, "Geodynamics of Earth's deep mantle", May 1, 2012

Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Geophysical Laboratory awarded to Caitlin Murphy (spring 2012). Congratulations Caitlin!

Jennifer, Mike, and Don's Journey to the Center of the Earth (E&S Spring 2012)

Ironing out the Details of Earth's Core: Caltech researchers obtain highest-pressure vibrational spectrum of iron, contributing new knowledge on the main constituent of Earth's core

Honoring Ho-kwang (Dave) Mao's 70th birthday at the 2011 AGU Fall Meeting

Jackson's group presents at the American Geophysical Union 2011 Fall Meeting

Jackson's group presents at the Science at the Hard X-ray Diffraction Limit, Cornell University (Ithaca, NY, 06/23/2011)

Jackson's group presents at the 2011 COMPRES/HPMPS Meeting

Will Steinhardt: Burns Prize for demonstrating both academic excellence and great promise, GPS Division, Caltech, June 2011

Congratulations Dr. YoungHee Kim for defending her Ph.D. thesis, "Properties of the subduction system in Mexico"! (May 2011)

After meeting with selected high-school students in her laboratory (Junior Watson program), Jennifer Jackson gave the Ernest C. Watson Lecture on April 13, 2011 (8:00pm, Beckman Auditorium)

Jackson's group presents at the American Geophysical Union 2010 Fall Meeting

Keck Institute for Space Studies: Worskhop on Future Missions to Titan II

Jackson's group presents at the 7th International Conference on Inelastic X-ray Scattering, Grenoble, France (08/2010)

Caitlin A. Murphy: Young Scientists Award for the IXS Conference abstract, IUCr. Grenoble, France (08/2010)

Highest static pressure reached at Caltech! (08/2010)

Jackson's group presents at the Study of Earth's Deep Interior, Santa Barbara, CA (07/2010)

Jackson's group presents at the 2010 COMPRES/HPMPS Meeting

June K. Wicks: Featured COMPRES article, 2010-2011

June K. Wicks: ASCIT Teaching Award; GPS Division Teaching Award, 2010

YoungHee Kim: Society of Exploration Geophysicists Scholarship, 2010

Congratulations Dr. Lijun Liu for successfully defending his Ph.D. thesis! (May 2010)

Keck Institute for Space Studies: Worskhop on Future Missions to Titan

Keck Institute for Space Studies, mention in the GPS Division Newletter

Bin Chen: John C. Jamieson Award, 2010

Jennifer receives NSF Early CAREER Award, 2010

Machine Project

Jackson's group presents at the American Geophysical Union 2009 Fall Meeting

Dan J. Bower: Featured COMPRES article, 2009-2010

Jackson's group presents at the 2009 COMPRES/HPMPS Meeting

Bin Chen: Texaco Prize Postdoctoral Fellowship, Caltech

Aaron S. Wolf: Outstanding AGU Student Paper Award, Fall AGU 2008

Jackson's group presents at the American Geophysical Union 2008 Fall Meeting

Kirill K. Zhuravlev: Pressure Record at ALS, 2008

Jennifer Jackson featured in Discovery Science Channel's "Journey to the Center of Earth" (350 MB):

In Dallas Campbell's Guide to the Impossible, British actor/comedian Dallas Campbell is given the chance to attempt the impossible. This 22 minute clip features Caltech Professors Dave Stevenson & Jennifer Jackson. Directed by Emily James of Actual Reality Pictures, this episode aired on Discovery Science Channel in 2008 (copyright Actual Reality Pictures 2008)

Jennifer M. Jackson: MSA Distinguished Lecturer, 2008-2009

Jackson's group presents at the 2008 COMPRES/HPMPS Meeting

Inelastic X-ray Scattering Workshop, 2008

Caltech News Release of Jackson's Research & Lab Opening, 2007

Jackson's group presents at the 2007 COMPRES/HPMPS Meeting