The Sierras Under the sky

 
 

My academic interests are centered around the tectonic evolution of continental arcs and the geodynamics of magmatic system. I also have a growing interest in the rheology of the crust. My research methods are listed below:



  1. 1)Field mapping - My field area is the central Sierra Nevada which has excellent exposure of Mesozoic plutons and their host rocks.


  1. 2)Geochronology - The group I work with uses LA-ICPMS and TIMS to date zircons of igneous and sedimentary rocks.


  1. 3)Microstructure - I look at microstructures both preserved in plutonic and non-plutonic rocks to unravel their history and deformation conditions.


  1. 4)Numerical modeling - I untilize a 2D MATLAB code to simulate the emplacement of the Mesozoic Sierra Nevada plutons to  explore tectonic, thermal and rheological evolution of the arc during magmatic flare-up events.


  1. 5)Isotope geochemistry and petrology are also pertinent tools for my research.

All  about  me


Name:

Wenrong Cao

Ph.D. Student of Earth Sciences


advisor:

Dr. Scott Paterson


Mailing Address:

Earth Sciences

3651 Trousdale Parkway

Los Angeles, CA, 90089-0740


E-Mail:

wenrongc@usc.edu


interests and hobbies:

Traveling, photography, reading,

philosophy


favorite books:

Dream of the Red Chamber

Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio

The End of Certainty

The Travels of Marco Polo



Personal Motto:

外源终有枯竭,唯有内心澎湃

Fight on !


My CAMERa:

Canon S90

Academic interests

Mapping

Microstructures

Modeling

Geochronology