Introduction

Welcome to the tracKing lagranGian Buoyancy (KGB) Lab. Our research focuses on the connection between Earth’s surface processes and the forces below the surface that drive and shape them. Recently, we reexamined how strong the Earth’s mantle is, and ventured into the connection between thermodynamics and fluid dynamics for our planet. The latter is particularly fascinating as it suggests that the thermodynamics of mantle materials exert a deep control on the thermal and perhaps biological evolution of our planet. We have also developed and applied joint techniques on particle image velocimetry and thermometry to the visualization and understanding of flow in very viscous fluids.

The Principal Investigator, Prof.Lithgow-Bertelloni, Carolina, is the Louis B. and Martha B. Slichter Endowed Chair in Geosciences of the Department of Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences in the University of California, Los Angeles since 2018. She received her B.S. in Geology from the University of Puerto Rico in 1987, and completed her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley in 1994. She then moved on to a post-doc at Institut für Geophysik, Universität Göttingen, as an NSF postdoctoral fellow, and faculty positions at University of Michigan and University College London. Her honors include the David and Lucile Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering in 2001 and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship. For more details, you can read her CV.

Interests

  • Plate Tectonics
  • Mantle Dynamics
  • Thermodynamics of Mantle Minerals

Education

  • PhD in Geology, 1994

    University of California at Berkeley

  • BSc in Geology, 1987

    University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez

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Anna M. Lithgow-Bertelloni Anna M. Lithgow-Bertelloni is Carolina Lithgow-Bertelloni’s sister. In 1989, Anna Bertelloni was a postdoctoral researcher working on natural products from marine organisms, looking for bioactive compounds, in the lab of UIUC chemistry Prof.

Xiyuan Bao Passed His Second Exam!

Today, Xiyuan Bao passed his university qualifying exam on zoom. Congratulations!

Arthur Won the 2021 Undergraduate Research Award!

Congratulations to our undergraduate group member Arthur Lo for winning the Harold and Mayla Sullwold Scholarship to conduct his project: Exploring the Dynamics of Adjacent Mantle Plumes through Physical and Computer Simulations

Principal Investigator

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Carolina Lithgow-Bertelloni

Professor of Geodynamics

Plate Tectonics, Mantle Dynamics, Thermodynamics of Mantle Minerals

Researchers

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Xuesong Ding

Postdoctoral Associate

Landscape Evolution Modeling, Mantle Dynamics

Grad Students

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Xiyuan Bao

PhD Student

Mantle Dynamics, Thermodynamics of Mantle Minerals

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Boontigan Kuhasubpasin

PhD Student

Mantle Dynamics, Lithospheric Structure

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Matthew Bogumil

Ph.D. Student

Mantle Dynamics, Paleooceanography, Sea-level Evolution

Undergrad Students

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Arthur Lo

Undergraduate Student

Mantle Dynamics

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Jade Wight

Undergraduate Student

Mantle Dynamics

Alumni

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Antoniette Grima

PhD 2020
Postdoctoral Associate at UT-Austin

Mantle Dynamics

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Kiran Chotalia

PhD 2020
Postdoctoral Associate at UF

Mantle Dynamics

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Tomos Kempley

PhD student

Mantle Flow and Thermodynamics

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Rizuko Yamaoka

MSci 2018
Associate at Accenture

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Carol Paige

MSci 2017
Sabbatical Officer at UCL

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Alexander Robson

MSci 2015
PhD student at UC Berkeley

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Elodie Kendall

PhD 2020
Teaching Fellow at UCL

Seismic Anisotropy

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James Cook

MSci 2015
Hydrogeologist at Bristol Water plc

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Marie Pears

PhD 2015
Analyst at StarStone Insurance

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Joanna Reynolds

MSci 2014
Geophysical Analyst at BP

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Rhys Shea

MSci 2015
Software Engineer at SSIM

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Joel Davis

MSci 2013
Postdoctoral Researcher at NHS, London

Geology of Mars

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William Newsome

PhD 2011
now Engineer at Airflow Sciences Corporation

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John Naliboff

PhD 2009
Assistant Professor at New Mexico Tech

Tectonic Deformation

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Wenbo Xu

PhD 2008
Director at Houlihan Lokey

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Xin Wang

MSc 2008
Research Geophysicist at Chevron

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Nico De Koker

MSc 2005
Senior Lecturer at Stellenbosch University

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Xiqiao Xu

MSc 2005
CEO at ScienceVessel Lab LLC

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Jerome Guynn

MSc 2002
Exploration Geologist at ExxonMobil

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Mark Wenzel

MSc 2002
Manager at California Energy Commission

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Margaret Streepey

PhD 2001
Professor at Earlham

Mountain Evolution

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Juan Gonzalez

Former Postdoc
PDI at Durham University

Mantle Convection, Subduction Dynamics

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Neil Cagney

Former Postdoc
Lecturer at Queen Mary University of London

Experimental Analysis of Fluid Flows

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Fabio Crameri

Former Postdoc
Researcher at University of Oslo

Plate Tectonics, Mantle Convection

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Jonathan Paul

Former Postdoc
Lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London

Dynamic Topography, Social Science with Geoscience

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Keely O'Farrell

Former Postdoc
Assistant Professor at University of Kentucky

Mantle Convection, Fluid Dynamics

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Caroline Eakin

PhD 2015
ARC DECRA Fellow at ANU

Seismic Anisotropy, Plate Tectonics, Mantle Dynamics

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Joost van Summeren

Former Postdoc
Scientific Researcher at KWR Water Research Institute

Water Infrastructure

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Clinton Conrad

Former Postdoc
Professor at University of Oslo

Geodynamics of Earth’s Lithosphere and Mantle

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Susan Bilek

Former Postdoc
Professor at New Mexico Tech

Earthquake

Projects

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HeFESTo

Helmholtz Free Energy Self-consistent Thermodynamics

Recent & Upcoming Talks

HeFESTo webinar on CIG

HeFESTo: A tool for exploring Earth’s physical properties and their effects on mantle dynamics

2018 Francis Birch Lecture

The Francis Birch Lecture honors the life and work of Francis Birch, a renowned geophysicist. It is presented annually to a recipient who exemplifies Birch’s work, especially those focused on elasticity, phase relations, thermal properties, heat flow, and the composition of the Earth’s interior. The lecture is presented during the AGU Fall Meeting. The Birch Lecture is also part of the Bowie Lecture Series, established in 1989 to commemorate the 50th presentation of the William Bowie medal, AGU’s highest honor.

Recent Publications

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Oceanic plateau of the Hawaiian mantle plume head subducted to the uppermost lower mantle
Extrinsic Elastic Anisotropy in a Compositionally Heterogeneous Earth's Mantle
The dynamic life of an oceanic plate

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Contact

  • 595 Charles Young Drive East, Los Angeles, CA 90095
  • Enter Geology Building from the east door on Floor 1 and turn right at the first crossing to the office 1810 Geology