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I am a postdoctoral scholar at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences. I study the elastic, vibrational and structural properties of minerals at high pressures using experimental and computational methods. Through X-ray diffraction (XRD) and synchrotron Mössbauer spectroscopy (SMS) with Professor Jennifer Jackson, I have examined the properties of lower mantle ferropericlase, silicate glasses and ferrosilite as a function of pressure. Concurrently, I implement density functional theory and other algorithms with Professor Paul Asimow to examine the stability of high-pressure iron-bearing carbonates, providing insight into the Earth's deep carbon cycle.

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