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Ph.D. Theses and Select Abstracts


Ph.D. Theses

Bower, D.J. (2012), Geodynamics of Earth's deep mantle, California Institute of Technology.

Hamecher, E.A. (2013), Studies of the Equation of State and Elasticity of Mantle Minerals, California Institute of Technology.

Kim, Y. (2011), Properties of the Subduction System in Mexico, California Institute of Technology.

Murphy, C.A. (2012), Thermoelasticity of Hexagonal Close-Packed Iron from the Phonon Density of States, California Institute of Technology.

Solomatova, N.V. (2017), Iron-bearing oxides, silicate glasses and carbonates at lower mantle pressures. California Institute of Technology.

Wicks, J.K. (2013), Sound velocities and equation of state of iron-rich (Mg,Fe)O, California Institute of Technology.

Wolf, A.S. (2013), Probing the Thermodynamic Properties of Mantle Rocks in Solid and Liquid States, California Institute of Technology.

Zhan, Z. (2014), Exploiting Seismic Waveforms of Ambient Noise and Earthquakes, California Institute of Technology.

Zhang, D. (2014), Applications of Nuclear Resonant Scattering to further our Understanding of Earth's Interior, California Institute of Technology.

Select Abstracts

Jackson, J.M., J. A. Cutts, M. Pauken, A. Komjathy, S. Smrekar, S. Kedar, D. Mimoun, R. Garcia, G. Schubert, S. Lebonnois, D.J Stevenson, P. Lognonne, Z. Zhan, V. Tsai, and J. Ko (2016): Exploring the interior of Venus with seismic and infrasonic techniques. Invited. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California.

Finkelstein, G.J., E.E. Alp, T.S. Toellner, W. Sturhahn, and J.M. Jackson (2016): Defect structures of Magnesiowüstite and Wüstite from Hybrid-Mode Synchrotron Mössbauer Spectroscopy. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California.

Solomatova, N.V., J.M. Jackson, W. Sturhahn, and M. Roskosz (2016): The electronic structure of iron in rhyolitic glass at high pressure. Goldschmidt, Japan.

Jackson, J.M. (2015): Melting and thermoelasticity of deep Earth materials: Implications for deep mantle dynamics. Invited. International Conference on the Application of the Mössbauer Effect, Hamburg, Deutschland.

Miller, R.A., J.M. Jackson, W. Sturhahn, J. Zhao, and C.A. Murphy (2014): Sound Velocities of Iron-Nickel and Iron-Nickel-Silicon Alloys at High Pressure. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California.

Solomatova, N.V., J.M. Jackson, W. Sturhahn, J. Zhao, T.S. Toellner, J.K. Wicks, and W.M. Steinhardt (2014): Equation of state and spin transition of (Mg,Fe)O at high pressures. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California.

Zhang, D., J.M. Jackson, J. Zhao, W. Sturhahn, E.E. Alp, M. Hu, and T.S. Toellner (2014): Melting of Fe and Fe0.9Ni0.1 alloy at high pressures. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California.

Jackson, J.M., A.S. Wolf, J.K. Wicks, N.V. Solomatova, D.J. Bower, D. Sun, W. Sturhahn, P. Dera, and V. Prakapenka (2014): Sound Velocities and Equations of State for Lower Mantle Phases: Implications for Deep Mantle Structures (invited). American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California.

Zhang, D., Jackson, J.M., Zhao, J., Sturhahn, W., Alp, E.E., Hu, M.Y. and Toellner, T.S. (2014): Melt detection of candidate core materials at high pressures using atomic dynamics measurements and a fast temperature readout system, Goldschmidt, Sacramento, CA.

Bower, D.J., J.K. Wicks, M. Gurnis, and J.M. Jackson (2013): Dynamic and seismic implications of iron-rich (Mg,Fe)O at the CMB: ULVZs and basal low-velocity regions. Abstract DI42A-07, Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif. (Invited)

Zhang, D., J.M. Jackson, J. Zhao, W. Sturhahn, E.E. Alp, M. Hu, T.S. Toellner (2013): Melt detection of Fe-Ni at high-pressures using atomic dynamics measurements and a fast temperature readout spectrometer. Abstract MR44-07, Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif. (contributed talk)

Wicks, J.K., J.M Jackson, W.Sturhahn, D.J. Bower, K.K. Zhuravlev, V. Prakapenka (2013): Iron-rich Oxides at the Core-mantle Boundary. Abstract MR21A-2304, Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif.

Jackson, J.M. (2013): A new method to investigate the dynamic properties of hydrous minerals and melts pertaining to subduction zones, in Fluids in Slabs: Chemical and Physical Studies of Volatile-Bearing Minerals in Subduction Zones I. Abstract V11A-04, Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif. (Invited)

Tsai, V.C., Z. Zhan, J.M. Jackson, and D.V. Helmberger (2013): Ambient Noise Correlation on the Amery Ice Shelf, East Antarctica. Seismicity in the Cryosphere II. Abstract C54B-01, Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif.

Wicks, J.K., J.M. Jackson, D.J. Bower, W. Sturhahn, M.C. Gurnis, V. Prakapenka (2013): Sound velocities and feasibility of iron-rich oxides in ultralow-velocity zones, Gordon Research Conference, Interior of the Earth. Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA.


Wolf, A.S., J.M. Jackson, P. Dera, and V. Prakapenka (2013): The thermal properties of iron-bearing silicate perovskite and the implications for lower mantle structures, Gordon Research Conference, Interior of the Earth. Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA.


Jackson, J.M. (2013): Experimental constraints on wave velocities and melting of deep Earth phases, Gordon Research Conference, Interior of the Earth. Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA (invited).


Zhang, D., J. M. Jackson, J. Zhao, W. Sturhahn, and E. E. Alp (2013): Fast temperature readout spectrometer for atomic dynamics measurements. APS Users Meeting, Argonne, IL.

(Student Poster Award)

Murphy, C.A., J. M. Jackson, W. Sturhahn (2012): Thermoelasticity of hcp-iron to 171 gigapascals, Abstract DI33A presented at 2012 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 3-7 Dec.


Miller, R. A., J. M. Jackson, W. Sturhahn, C. A. Murphy (2012): Phonon density of states and sound velocities of an iron-nickel alloy at high pressure, Abstract DI33A-2416 presented at 2012 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 3-7 Dec.


Wicks, J. K., Jackson, J. M., Zhuravlev, K. K., and Prakapenka, V. (2012): The pressure-volume-temperature equation of state of iron-rich (Mg,Fe)O, Abstract MR43B-2307 presented at 2012 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 3-7 Dec.


Solomatova, N.V., J.M. Jackson, W. Sturhahn, J.K. Wicks, W.M. Steinhardt and B. Chen (2012): Lattice dynamics of (Mg0.5Fe0.5)O at high-pressures, Abstract MR43B-2311 presented at 2012 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 3-7 Dec.


Diamond, M.R., J.M. Jackson, J.K. Wicks, W. Sturhahn, and D. Zhang (2012): Elastic and vibrational properties of FeO to 100 GPa, Abstract MR43B presented at 2012 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 3-7 Dec.


Jackson, J.M. (2012): Spin crossover equation of state, Abstract MR54A-07 presented at 2012 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 3-7 Dec.


Jackson, J.M., E.E. Alp, and W. Sturhahn (2012): A Remote and Virtual Synchrotron Beamline, Abstract ED51A presented at 2012 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 3-7 Dec.


Jackson, J.M. (2011): Diffusion studies with synchrotron Mössbauer, Abstract MR54A-08 presented at 2011 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 5-9 Dec.; invited.


Jackson, J.M. (2011): Elucidation of mineral phase properties achieved through nuclear resonant scattering measurements, Abstract MR33A-03 presented at 2011 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 5-9 Dec.


Jackson, J.M., J. Zhao, E.E. Alp, A. Alatas, and W. Sturhahn (2011): Virtual synchrotron experiments for deep Earth studies, Abstract ED43B-0564 presented at 2011 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 5-9 Dec.


Chen, B., D. Zhang, W. Leng, J.M. Jackson, Y. Wang, T. Yu, J. Liu, and J. Li (2011): Rapid terrestrial core formation from in situ X-ray computed microtomography, Abstract MR42A-02 presented at 2011 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 5-9 Dec.; invited.


Kim, Y., R.W. Clayton, J.M. Jackson, and P.D. Asimow (2011): Distribution of Hydrous Minerals in the Subduction System beneath Mexico, Abstract DI31A-2166 presented at 2011 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 5-9 Dec.


Murphy, C.A., Jackson, J.M., W. Sturhahn, and B. Chen (2011): Thermoelasticity of hcp-Fe to 1.7 Mbar from the phonon density of states, Abstract MR51B-2169 presented at 2011 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 5-9 Dec.


Wicks, J.K. and J.M. Jackson (2011): The equation of state of iron-rich (Mg,Fe)O: Implications for ultra-low velocity zones, Abstract DI43A-2086 presented at 2011 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 5-9 Dec.


Zhang, D., J.M. Jackson, B. Chen, J. Zhao, and J. Yan (2011): Elasticity of orthoenstatite at high-pressure, Abstract MR41A-2095 presented at 2011 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 5-9 Dec.


Jackson, J.M. (2011): Illuminating Earth's Core-Mantle Boundary with Ultrabrilliant X-rays, X-Ray Diffraction Limited Workshop: High-pressure Science at the Edge of Feasibility; Cornell University; invited.


Jackson, J.M. (2010): Experimental determinations of the wave velocities and density of candidate lowermost mantle materials, Abstract MR24A-02 presented at 2010 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 13-17 Dec.; invited.


Jackson, J.M., Z. Zhan, R. Clayton, D. Helmberger, and V. Tsai (2010): Ambient seismic noise applications for Titan, Abstract U41A-06 presented at 2010 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 13-17 Dec. Union Session: Innovative Approaches to Seismology.


Jackson, J.M., E.E. Alp., A. Alatas, J. Zhao, and W. Sturhahn (2010): Virtual Synchrotron Experiments for Deep Earth Studies, Abstract ED41B-0636 presented at 2010 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 13-17 Dec.


Chen, B., J.M. Jackson, W. Sturhahn, D. Zhang, J. Zhao, C.A. Murphy, and J.K. Wicks (2010): Sound velocities and density of (Mg0.65Fe0.35)O up to 1.4 Mbar, Abstract MR13A-1911 presented at 2010 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 13-17 Dec.


Steinhardt, W., J.M. Jackson, J.K. Wicks, and W. Sturhahn (2010): Compositional effects on the vibrational properties of (Mg,Fe)O, Abstract MR13A-1896 presented at 2010 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 13-17 Dec.


Wicks, J.K., J.M. Jackson, and W. Sturhahn (2010): Very low sound velocities in iron-rich (Mg,Fe)O: Implications for the core-mantle boundary region, Abstract MR13A-1910 presented at 2010 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 13-17 Dec.


Bower, D.J., M. Gurnis, J.K. Wicks, and J.M. Jackson (2010): A Geodynamic and mineral physics model of a solid-state ultralow-velocity zone, Abstract DI11B-06 presented at 2010 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 13-17 Dec.


Wolf, A.S., J.M. Jackson, P. Dera, and V. Prakapenka (2010): Thermal Equation of State of (Mg,Fe)SiO3 Perovskite in a Ne Pressure Medium, Abstract MR13A-1913 presented at 2010 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 13-17 Dec.


Kim, Y., R. W. Clayton, and J. M. Jackson (2010): Distribution of hydrous mineral in the Cocos oceanic crust inferred from receiver function analysis, Abstract DI31A-1933 presented at 2010 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 13-17 Dec.


Sun, D., D.V. Helmberger, and J. M. Jackson (2010): Direct Observations of Lateral Variation at the Core-Mantle Boundary, Abstract DI33A-1965 presented at 2010 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 13-17 Dec..


Jackson, J.M. (2010): Probing the behavior of deep Earth materials using nuclear resonant inelastic x-ray scattering, 7th International Conference on Inelastic X-ray Scattering, Grenoble, France.


Murphy, C.A., Jackson, J.M., W. Sturhahn, B. Chen, and D. Zhang (2010): Phonon density of states of iron up to Mbar pressures, 7th International Conference on Inelastic X-ray Scattering, Grenoble, France.


Wicks, J.K., J.M. Jackson, and W. Sturhahn (2010): Very low sound velocities in iron-rich (Mg,Fe)O: Implications for the core-mantle boundary region, SEDI, Santa Barbara.


Kim, Y., R. W. Clayton, and J. M. Jackson (2010): Geometry and seismic properties of the subducting Cocos plate in southern Mexico. Abstract S22A-06 presented at the Western Pacific Geophysics Meeting.


Jackson, J.M., W. Sturhahn, J.K. Wicks, A.S. Wolf, and D. Zhang (2009): High-pressure behavior of iron-bearing silicates and oxides determined from a synergy of techniques, Abstract MR34A-01 presented at 2010 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif.; invited.


Wicks, J.K., J.M. Jackson, and W. Sturhahn (2009): Nuclear Resonant Scattering Studies of Iron-rich (Mg,Fe)O at High Pressures: Insights into the Core-Mantle Boundary Region. Abstract MR43C-1883 presented at 2010 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif.


Zhang, D., J.M. Jackson, W. Sturhahn (2009): Pressure response of iron’s hyperfine parameters and solid state amorphism in (Mg0.87Fe0.13)SiO3 orthopyroxene, Abstract DI13A-1630 presented at 2010 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif.


Liu, L., M. Gurnis, M. Seton, J. Saleeby, D. Müller, and J.M. Jackson (2009): Oceanic plateau subduction beneath North America and its geological and geophysical implications. Abstract DI21A-1643 presented at 2010 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif.


Hamecher, E., W. Sturhahn, and J.M. Jackson (2008): Elasticity and Sound Velocities of (Mg,Fe)SiO3 Orthopyroxenes Determined by Nuclear Resonant Inelastic X-ray Scattering, Eos Trans. AGU, 89(53), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract MR53A-1701.


Jackson, J.M., W. Sturhahn, O. Tschauner, M. Lerche, and Y. Fei (2008): The behavior of iron in (Mg,Fe)SiO3 post-perovskite at megabar pressures, Eos Trans. AGU, 89(53), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract MR23A-08.


Beck, S.L., L. Wagner, J. Calkins, J.M. Jackson. and G. Zandt (2008): Seismic Evidence for Orthopyroxene Enrichment in Continental Lithosphere Associated With Active Subduction, Eos Trans. AGU, 89(53), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract V41F-06.


Bower, D., M. Gurnis, J.M. Jackson, D. Sun, and D. Helmberger (2008): Compressible Geodynamic Modeling of Slab-Debris Beneath Central America and the African LLVS, International workshop: Transport properties of the lower mantle, Oct 21st-24th, 2008, Yunishigawa, Japan.


First Author (2001-2007)


Jackson, J.M., O. Tschauner, Y. Fei, W. Sturhahn, M. Lerche, and J Zhao (2007): The Electronic Structure of Iron in (Mg,Fe)SiO3 Perovskite and Post-Perovskite Under Megabar Pressures. Eos Trans. AGU, Fall Meet. Suppl., San Francisco, CA.


Jackson, J.M. (2007): Virtual Laboratory - 2007, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN; invited.


Jackson, J.M. and L. Wagner (2007): Elasticity of orthopyroxene at high-temperature: Novel phase transitions and applications to geophysics. Study of Matter at Extreme Conditions, Miami, FL; invited.


Jackson, J.M., W. Sturhahn, M. Lerche, and J. Li (2007): The electronic structure of iron in aluminous (Mg,Fe)SiO3 perovskite under lower mantle conditions. Frontiers in Mineral Sciences, Cambridge, England; keynote.


Jackson, J.M., W. Sturhahn, M. Lerche, and J. Li (2007): The electronic structure of iron in aluminous (Mg,Fe)SiO3 perovskite under lower mantle conditions. High-Pressure Mineral Physics Seminar-7, Matsushima, Japan; invited.


Jackson, J.M. (2007): High-pressure investigations of Earth materials, American Physical Society - March Meeting, Denver, CO; invited.


Jackson, J.M., W. Sturhahn, M. Lerche, and J. Li (2006): The electronic structure of iron in aluminous (Mg,Fe)SiO3 perovskite at high-pressures and temperatures. Eos Trans. AGU, Fall Meet. Suppl., San Francisco, CA.


Jackson, J.M. (2006): Elasticity and sound velocities of aluminous MgSiO3 perovskite at high-pressure. 16th Annual Goldschmidt Conference, Melbourne, Australia; invited.


Jackson, J.M., Y. Fei, M. Hu, and H.-K. Mao (2006): Sound velocities of upper mantle minerals determined by nuclear resonant inelastic x-ray scattering. AGU Joint Assembly, Baltimore, MD; invited.


Jackson, J.M., W. Sturhahn, M. Lerche, J. Zhao, S.V. Sinogeikin, D.L. Lakshtanov, M. Murakami, and J.D. Bass (2005): Novel melting investigations of iron at high-pressure using synchrotron Mössbauer spectroscopy. Eos Trans. AGU, Fall Meet. Suppl., San Francisco, CA.


Jackson, J.M. (2005): Elasticity and sound velocities of aluminous MgSiO3 perovskite and ferropericlase at high-pressure. Eos Trans. AGU, Fall Meet. Suppl., San Francisco, CA; invited.


Jackson, J.M., W. Sturhahn, and J.-F. Lin (2005): The spin state of iron in minerals of Earth’s lower mantle, Geological Society of America’s Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT.


Jackson, J.M., J. Zhang, and J.D. Bass (2004): Sound velocities of aluminous perovskite and ferropericlase at high-pressure: Implications for Earth’s deep interior. Eos Trans. AGU, Fall Meet. Suppl; invited.


Jackson, J.M., S.V. Sinogeikin, M.A. Carpenter, and J.D. Bass (2004): Elasticity of minerals at high-temperature: Novel phase transitions and applications to geophysics. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Denver, CO; invited.


Jackson, J.M., J.D. Bass, S.V. Sinogeikin, S.D. Jacobsen, H.J. Reichmann, and S.J. Mackwell (2003): High-pressure Brillouin measurements on single-crystal ferropericlase, (Mg0.94Fe0.06)O: Implications for Earth's lower mantle. Eos Trans. AGU, 84(46), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract T21A-07.


Jackson, J.M., J. D. Bass, and J. Zhang (2003): Sound velocities of aluminous MgSiO3 perovskite: Implications for Earth’s lower mantle. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 5, EGS-AGU-EUG Joint Assembly, France, EAE03-A-12122.


Jackson, J.M., S.V. Sinogeikin, and J.D. Bass (2002): Soft-mode phase transition in orthoenstatite. EOS Transactions of American Geophysical Union (Washington DC).


Jackson, J.M., J. Palko, S.V. Sinogeikin, J.D. Bass, D. Andrault, and C.-S. Zha (2001): High-temperature single-crystal elasticity and thermal expansion of orthoenstatite. Eos Trans. AGU, 82(47), Fall Meet. Suppl. Abstract T31C-0853.

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