Leif Tokle graduated from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (B.S.) in 2012. During the summers of 2011 and 2012, Leif worked as an undergraduate researcher in the rock deformation lab at Brown University. This experience prompted Leif to pursue a M.S. at Tromsø University where he worked with Prof. Holger Stünitz in the rock deformation laboratory studying the influence of muscovite on quartzite rheology. In 2019, Leif received his PhD from Brown University under the supervision of Prof. Greg Hirth focusing on quartz and ilmenite rheology with implications for bettering understanding crustal and lunar rheology. Leif’s interests are focused on understanding mechanisms of deformation using a combination of microstructural and mechanical analyses from high-temperature and high-pressure experiments. Leif also utilizes field observations from naturally deformed rocks to improve laboratory-derived deformation mechanism models (e.g. “flow laws”).
More information can be found at Leif’s website.
Current project affiliations: Experimental Rock Mechanics and Petrology