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Main research interests:

  • The long-term evolution of the Earth's magnetic field (especially in relation to the geodynamo mechanisms and the early history of the field) and its geological and geodynamical implications;

  • Geodynamics and global plate tectonics (e.g., large igneous provinces and Precambrian tectonics);

  • Magnetism of rocks, minerals, and synthetic materials and its applications for geological problems;

  • Biomagnetism and environmental magnetism (e.g. magnetic signatures of hydrocarbons);

  • Development of new techniques and instruments for paleomagnetic and rock magnetic research

Funded research projects at Michigan Tech:

“Paleointensity of the Paleoproterozoic Geomagnetic Field as Recorded by Single Silicate Crystals: Testing the “Proterozoic Dipole Low””, NSF-Geophysics (2015 - 2018).

“CAREER: Reading Magnetic Fingerprints from Deep Time: An Insight into the Geodynamo and Early Earth System Evolution”, NSF-CAREER (2012 - 2017).

“Acquisition of a High Sensitivity Superconducting Rock Magnetometer for Paleomagnetic and Paleointensity Research”, NSF-IF/EAR (2013-2015)

“Paleointensity, Morphology, and Stability of the Proterozoic Geomagnetic Field as Recorded by Mafic Dikes in India”, NSF-Geophysics (2010-2014).

“A Study of the Relationship between Hydrocarbon Migration and Magnetic Alteration of the Michigan Basin Soils and Sediments: Towards Understanding the Magnetic Signature of Hydrocarbons”, Petroleum Research Fund - New Directions (2012-2014).

“A Paleomagnetic and Geochronological Re-Investigation of the ~1.1 Ga Coldwell Complex: Implications for the Reversal Asymmetry in Keweenawan Rocks”, NSF-Geophysics (2011-2013).

“Laser-based Paleointensity Analyses of Single Silicate Crystals from Mafic Dike Swarms of Western Australia: Implication for the Archean-Proterozoic Geodynamo”, Research Excellence Fund - Michigan Tech (2010-2012).

“Acquisition of a Sensitive Magnetic Susceptibility System and a Thermal Demagnetization Device”, NSF-IF/EAR (2008-2010)

“Morphology, Stability and Paleointensity of the Early Geomagnetic Field as Recorded by 2.9-2.4 Ga Mafic Rocks in Western Australia”, NSF-Geophysics (2007-2010).