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Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Geological Sciences
BioPeter Achtziger-Zupančič received his Diploma of Engineering in Hydrogeology (MSc equivalent) from TU Berlin (Germany) in 2010 and worked in the execution and design of hydraulic, hydro-mechanical, pneumatic and tracer experiments in radioactive disposal research in Switzerland, France and Germany (2008-2012). From 2012-2017 he worked as a research assistant and post-doctoral researcher at ETH Zurich (Switzerland). In his PhD research he analyzed large hydraulical data sets on a local to global scale to gain insights in controlling factors of the distribution of hydrogeological parameters in crystalline rock in the upper 2000 m of the Earth's crust. In 2017 he joined SCERF group to explore new methods to assess and visualize uncertainty in mining. Research in hard rock hydrogeology, hydro-mechanics, radioactive disposal remain of interest.
Professor (Research) of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Emeritus
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsFormation, geometric patterns and fluid flow properties of fractures and faults in a broad range of scales.
Ph.D. Student in Geological and Environmental Sciences
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsUplift of the Santa Cruz Mountains: Geologic, Thermal, and Mechanical Insights
Professor of Geological Sciences, Emeritus
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsTheoretical geochemistry of reactions among aqueous solutions and minerals in magma-hydrothermal systems; environmental geochemistry of toxic metals in the Mother Lode Gold region, CA, and the emergence of life in the aftermath of the Moon-forming impact, ca. 4.4Ga.
Ph.D. Student in Geological Sciences
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMy research focuses on the origins and early evolution of macroscopic animal life and the changes to both the geosphere and biosphere during the Neoproterozoic to Paleozoic transition; specifically the Ediacaran Period (635-541 Ma). Due to the paucity of fossil evidence left by Earth’s earliest animals in deep time, I look to incorporate paleo- ecological, geochemical, and database analyses with studies of extant animal physiology to better understand the Ediacaran biostratigraphic record.
Professor of Geological Sciences
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsPaleontology; Evolution of plant physiology & development; Geochemistry of fossil preservation; Evolution of terrestrial ecosystems and environments