Christine McCarthy

Christine McCarthy

Research Interest


I use laboratory experiments to measure the mechanical properties of Earth and planetary materials (seismic attenuation; elastic, transient and steady-state behavior of ice and rock analogue; friction). I study phase equilibria (thermodynamics; morphology and kinetics of solidification microstructures, including eutectic and amorphous phases; equilibrium solid + melt structure) and how the resulting microstructure influence the macroscopic behavior. The application of my work spans from glacial and planetary geophysics (particularly with non-steady state tidal forcings) and to carbon mineralization.


Brown University, Providence, RI
Ph.D. Geological Science, Spring 2009
Sc.M. Geological Science, Spring 2005

University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, B.S. Geophysics, Spring 2003