ADL Alexander Dmitri Lusk
Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Wisconsin - Madison

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Department of Geoscience
Weeks Hall
1215 West Dayton Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53706-1692

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April, 2020: Was your field camp cancelled and you're rushing to find replacement activities? I coauthored a virtual field activity for undergraduate level structural geology, available on the SERC website.

February, 2020: I'm excited to join the Structural Geology group at UW-Madison as a postdoctoral researcher. I will be investigating the rheology of plate boundary-scale faults in the upper mantle recorded in xenoliths. Check out progress on my research interests page.

August 29, 2019: Yesterday, I successfully defended my dissertation! Although I'm excited to have completed this milestone, it's still a bittersweet moment in my journey as a geologist as it signals the end of my time at USC. The past few years as a graduate student have been some of the best, and I thank everyone who helped me along the way.

May 30, 2019: I am excited to travel to Tubingen, Germany for the Deformation, Rheology, and Tectonics Conference! I'll have the opportunity to give a talk about the geometry and behavior of plate boundary-scale shear zones, and how these parameters change as the shear zone transects the crust.

November 7, 2018: Look out for my poster at AGU in Washington! I'll be presenting some recent work on the effects of crystal-plastic deformation on trace element concentrations in quartz. Definitely relevant for the TitaniQ crowd.

August 28, 2018: The 2018 Rock Deformation Gordon Research Conference was a terrific experience! After a week full of thought-provoking conversations and research I'm excited to get back to work and explore new ideas. Thanks to everyone who made it happen.


May 8, 2018: The entire Platt workgroup plus 12 USC undergraduates are departing for a field course in the Betic Arc, southern Spain! After hearing so much about the geology of the Betics, I can't wait to explore the region in the field. Check back in a few weeks for photos.

April 24, 2018: I was awarded the 2018 USC University Outstanding TA Award. I feel very strongly that teaching is one of the most important parts of my job and I look forward to a career where I can hopefully continue working as both a scientist and educator.

Jan 8, 2018: I will be attending the Image Analysis in the Geosciences workshop led by Renée Heilbronner & Matěj Peč (MIT, January 22-26). As someone who spends time observing and thinking about rocks at the micro-scale, I hope to use Image SXM and Image J to help quantify microstructural characteristics of deformed rocks.

Dec 20, 2017: After another successful AGU meeting, I look forward to joining fellow structural geologists at the Structural Geology and Tectonics Forum at ASU, Tempe, AZ. I am especially excited to visit the South Mountains Metamorphic Core Complex and check out some of those pseudotachylites!

Last updated 8/2020
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