Conference Goals

The objective of this conference is to discuss infrastructural needs of the experimental groups who study subduction processes. Experimental science directly informs diverse subduction research into earthquake timing and location, magma transport, and volcanic eruptions, through the study of material properties: viscosity, friction, dynamic rupture, poroelasticity, electrical conductivity, phase equilibria, melting, geothermobarometry, permeability, reaction kinetics, and diffusion. Participants for the conference will be drawn from the experimental rock mechanics, experimental petrology/volcanology, and mineral physics communities. Topics to be discussed include community organization and coordination, data and methodological standardization, and technical issues related to experimental studies on subduction zone materials. 

Organizing Committee

Phil Skemer, Washington Univ. in St. Louis (chair)

Cici Cruz-Uribe, University of Maine

Melodie French, Rice University

Hiroko Kitajima, Texas A&M

Mike Krawczynski, Washington Univ. in St. Louis

Wenlu Zhu, University of Maryland

June 5th – 6th, 2018

Charles F. Knight Center, Washington Univ. in St. Louis

St. Louis, Missouri

Keynote Speakers

David Kohlstedt, University of Minnesota
Becky Lange, University of Michigan

For more information please contact Phil Skemer – 

This conference is supported by NSF EAR-1757791 (via Petrology and Geochemistry, Geophysics, Tectonics, Instrumentation and Facilities, and Marine Geology and Geophysics),  the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, and the McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis.