Adrian Castro PhD Candidate, Metamorphic Petrology, RPI

  • "Mn concentration map of a garnet crystal from Sifnos, Greece"
  • "Photomicrograph of the matrix of a blueschist from Sifnos, Greece"

About Me

  • Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Troy, NY 12180
  • M.S. in Geology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2016
    B.A. in Geology cum laude, Amherst College, 2014
  • Lab: BC01 JR Science Center
  • I am a PhD student studying metamorphic petrology under Dr. Frank S. Spear at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. My research interests include metamorphic phase equilibria, metamorphic petrology, and geochemistry as they relate to crustal evolution, tectonics, and subduction zone dynamics. More specifically, I work towards elucidating the evolution of blueschists from Sifnos and Syros, Greece through a combination of cutting edge Raman inclusion barometry and modeling of stable assemblages at "overstepped" P-T conditions. This research will allow us to constrain the conditions of garnet nucleation and associated devolitalization.