Eric Mittelstaedt (Group Director) - Eric is an Associate Professor at the University of Idaho. He earned his Ph.D. in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Hawaii in 2008. Subsequently, Eric was an NSF International Research Fellow with Anne Davaille at Université Paris Sud in Orsay, France and then a Post-Doctoral Investigator with Adam Soule and Dan Fornari at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Eric arrived at the University of Idaho in January of 2013 where he has since established the Idaho Geodynamics Group. Undertaking studies into a wide range of topics including plume-ridge interaction, faulting, and hydrothermal circulation, Eric and his students employ field work, laboratory models, and state-of-the-art numerical simulations to push the boundaries of our knowledge of the Earth.
Felix Thieme (Doctoral Student): A first-year PhD student whose work will focus on the evolution of the Earth's mantle through different convective routines to help constrain the onset of plate tectonics on Earth and other planets. Felix will use the numerical model ASPECT to simulate billions of years of mantle evolution.
Daniel King (undergraduate researcher) is a senior at the University of Idaho earning a degree in Environmental Science. Danny is working with Dr. Mittelstaedt to constrain 46 Myrs of faulting and crustal thickness variations along a ship transect in the Atlantic Ocean. Danny is using gravity, magnetic, and bathymetry data collected during the 2016 Popping Rocks cruise. Additionally, since June, Danny has been the Science Expert and Sound Manager on Pakicetus the first marine-geology video game to be developed by Dr. Mittelstaedt as part of his NSF CAREER award.
Jordan Pentzer (undergraduate researcher) is working to complete his degree in geology at the University of Idaho. Jordan is continuing work began by former Idaho Geodynamics Member Emma Niedholdt on the entrainment of deep mantle materials into upwelling mantle plumes.