Welcome to Nevada Rock Deformation (NeRD) Lab!

Our group is located in the Department of Geoscience at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Members of our group are engaged in a wide variety of projects. Our primary focus is in high temperature-high pressure experimental rock deformation. We are also working on phase equilibria and transformation kinetics of relevance to the lower crust and upper mantle as well as working on understanding the geologic sources and distribution of natural background radiation.

Working As a Graduate Student in NeRD Lab:

We have full RA funding available for new graduate students! Please see the available projects below. If these experiments look like fun, and you are interested in joining NeRD Lab as a graduate student, please contact Dr. Pamela Burnley.

  • Experimental rock deformation at high temperature-pressure in the D-DIA apparatus
  • Microstructural characterization of geological materials deformed at high temperature-pressure conditions
  • Finite Element Modeling (FEM) of stress variations in polycrystalline materials during deformation
  • Geologic contribution to background radiation in the environment

Working As An Undergraduate Student in NeRD Lab:

Our group has a relaxed atmosphere! Undergraduates work on projects that suit their interests and abilities and are free to work on schedules that fit with their course work. We usually have 5 to 7 undergrads in the group. Doing research as an undergraduate is a great way to find out if research is something that you are well suited for. For more information, please feel free to contact Dr. Pamela Burnley.