Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Principle Investigator: Katherine R. Bermingham 

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I am a cosmo-geochemist and PI of the Earth and Planetary Science Isotope Laboratory and Research Group at Rutgers University, where I started in January 2020. I am the PI on NASA and NSF funded projects which use high precision isotopic compositions of meteorites and terrestrial materials to further our understanding of the Solar System and Earth’s cosmochemical origins.

I received a Bachelor of Sciences (with Honors) from the Australian National University, Australia, where I studied Chemistry and Earth Sciences. I received a PhD in Natural Sciences from the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Germany, where I studied cosmochemistry and high precision isotope techniques as a Marie-Curie Early-Stage Research Fellow. I was a postdoctoral research fellow and later a Research Scientist at the University of Maryland, USA, where I worked on iron-loving (siderophile) element isotope analytical technique development and research projects in the fields of Cosmochemistry and Geochemistry. I am currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences (Rutgers University), and hold a Visiting Assistant Professorship at the University of Maryland and a Smithsonian Research Associateship with the National Museum of Natural History.

I am always on the lookout for students and postdoctoral researcher who would like to study cosmochemistry and geochemistry! If you would like to know more about research opportunities and classes, please contact me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

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Laboratory Manager: Hope Tornabene

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I am a cosmo/geochemist who is interested in understanding the chemical/isotopic structure and evolution of the early solar system and terrestrial planets. My work also focuses on instrumentation and method development, as well as modeling planetary formation.

I received my Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park. In September, 2021, I joined the Earth and Planetary Science department at Rutgers University as the Earth and Planetary Science Isotope Laboratory Manager.

 

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Publications:

Tornabene, H.A., Hilton, C.D., Bermingham, K.R., Ash, R.D., Walker, R.J., (2020). Genetics, age and crystallization history of group IIC iron meteorites. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 288, 36-50

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Postdoctoral Research Fellows 

Yogita Kadlag - arriving January 2022!

 

 

Graduate Students  

 

SophieSophia Benaroya 

Advised by Prof. Juliane Gross

 

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Research Interests: I am interested in Martian petrology, particularly the evolution of the mantle and crust through the use of Martian meteorites. As part of this, I am interested in the volatile budget of the Martian interior, the location of different geochemical reservoirs within the mantle, and the petogenetic relationships between Martian meteorites. Some of the instruments I work with incude: Electron Probe Micro-Analyzer (EPMA), Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometer, and X-Ray Computed Tomography (XCT).

 

 

 

Publications:

Benaroya, S., Gross, J., Burger, P.V., Eckley, S., (2021), Crystallization History Of Martian Meteorite Northwest Africa 13227: A New Olivine Gabbroic Shergottite [Oral]. 52nd LPSC, The Woodlands, TX. Abstract #2399.

Benaroya, S., Semprich, J. (2020), Modeling Low-Grade Metamorphic Phases of Sedimentary Rocks at Gale Crater, Mars [Poster]. 51st LPSC, The Woodlands, TX. Abstract #1011. 

Benaroya, S.. KG. Miller, M. Makarova, J.V. Browning, and J.D. Wright (2018), Miocene planktonic foraminiferal stable isotopes and sea surface temperatures at North Atlantic Site 608 [Poster]. GSA 2018 Annual Meeting, 4-7 November 2018, Indianapolis, IN.

 

 

Krys

Krys Doran

Coadvised by Prof. Katherine Bermingham and Prof. Juliane Gross

 

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Research Interests: I am currently working on my PhD preproposal. I am studying lunar meteorites to help unravel the geochemical history of Earth’s moon. My research interests include geochemistry, petrology, and planetary formation.

 

Publications:

Hlohowskyj, S.R., Sirbescu, M.C., Student, J.J., Hulsbosch, N., Chappaz, A., Doran, K.E., (2019). Trace-Element Distribution in Giant Spodumene Crystals in Granitic Pegmatites from the Black Hills, South Dakota And Newry, Maine [Abstract]. GSA Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, USA – 2019. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 51, No. 5. Paper No. 198-20. 

Gamet, N.G., Doran, K.E., Student, J.J., Sirbescu, M.C., (2020). Distribution Of Trace Elements in Spodumene: Insights from Preliminary P-XRF Results [Abstract]. GSA North-Central Section - 54th Annual Meeting – 2020. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 52, No. 5. Paper No. 16-20. 

 

 

Alissa

Alissa Madera

Advised by Prof. Juliane Gross

 

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Research Interests: I am a third year PhD student studying under Dr. Juliane Gross. My research focuses on the petrology and geochemistry of lunar samples, particularly basaltic and felspathic lunar meteorites, in order to better understand lunar geologic evolution. My methods include EPMA and LA-ICP-MS analyses as well as development of a program that connects small-scale lunar sample science with large-scale remote sensing datasets in order to constrain sample provenance (Madera and Gross 2021). I recently participated in the LPI 2021 Exploration Science Summer Intern (ESSI) Program, where I worked under Dr. David Kring, staff LPI scientist, to model lunar south pole geologic evolution in preparations for the upcoming crewed NASA Artemis missions.

 

 

 

Publications:

Madera, A., & Gross, J. (2021, March). Provenance of Lunar Basaltic Meteorite Northwest Africa 8632 and Related Meteorites. In Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (No. 2548, p. 2686).

 

Undergraduate Students

 

George

George Kharchilava

 Advised by Prof. Katherine Bermingham

 

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Research Interests: My research interests mainly include some funadamental aspects of the universe such as dark matter, black holes, Big Bang cosmology, etc. I do however enjoy working with cosmochemistry, mainly in the study of presolar grains as stardust is what inspired me to pursue a career in astrophysics.

 

 

 

 

Publications:

Kharchilava & Bermingham, Stardust: The Microscopic Relics of Our Macroscopic Solar System

 

 

 

AniAni Patel

Advised by Prof. Katherine Bermingham

 

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Research Interests: I’m a fourth year undergraduate at Rutgers, majoring in physics and philosophy. In my research, we  compare isotope production in astrophysical sites to isotopic compositions of meteorite samples. This helps us identify different astrophysical events as potential sources for the chemical enrichment of our solar system. We are particularly interested in Neutron-Rich Low-Entropy matter Ejectors (NRLEEs) such as type 1a supernovae. I use a combination of theoretical computation and experimental data analysis in my work.

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