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Lamont Associate Research Professor
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Seismology Geology and Tectonophysics
113 Seismology
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
(845) 365-8713
(845) 365-8150


Fields of interest: 
Material response of Earth and Planetary materials via laboratory experiment

My research explores the way that micro-features control macro-behavior. Defects in the structure of crystalline materials, such as impurities, dislocations, grain boundaries, and partial melt, all affect the way that seismic waves are damped in the mantle, for instance, or how tidal energy is turned into heat within an icy moon's outer shell. In order to better interpret seismic data and provide better constraints for goephysical modeling, I design experiments to isolate and scrutinize the underlying microphysics of defect-controlled processes such that resultant laboratory data can be scaled up to macroscopic settings. With material properties being the constant element, my work spans a variety of time and length scales and geologic contexts: from the deep earth, to the cryosphere, to the outer solar system.

List of degrees from highest to lowest:
Ph.D. in Geological Science
Brown University
M.Sc. in Geological Science
Brown University
B.S. Geophysics
University of Oregon
Honors & Awards: 
NASA Early Career Fellow (2012)
LDEO Postdoctoral Fellow (2011)

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Selected Publications:

Acoustic and microstructural properties of partially molten samples in 3 the ice-ammonia system McCarthy, Christine; Nielson, Michael A.; Coonin, Allie N.; Shea Minker. Jessica; Domingos, Armando A. Geoscience (2019)
Tidal dissipation in creeping ice and the thermal evolution of Europa McCarthy, Christine; Cooper, Reid F. (2016)
An apparatus to measure frictional, anelastic, and viscous behavior in ice at temperate and planetary conditions McCarthy, C.; Savage, H. M.; Koczynski, T.; Nielson, M. Review of Scientific Instruments (2016)