Lonnie Hufford is a new PhD student in the Structural Geology and Tectonics group at ETH Zürich. He received his B.S. in Geology from Colorado State University in 2016. Lonnie then moved on to receive his M.S. in Geology from California State University Northridge while working with Dr. Elena Miranda. His project involved using electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) analysis on quartz and plagioclase to investigate the relationships of dynamic recrystallization, grain size, and deformation geometry in a mid-crustal transpressional shear zone in Fiordland, New Zealand. He finished his M.S. in 2018 and then took a position as a staff research associate working for Dr. Emily Chin at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. There his time was split between analyzing samples using EBSD and working on a project involving lower-crustal xenoliths from the eastern Mojave Desert. Lonnie parted ways with the La Jolla beaches to begin his PhD work with Dr. Whitney Behr at ETH Zürich in August 2019. He is excited about his projects involving experimental rock deformation and the kinematics and exhumation history of the Seldovia blueschists.
More information can be found on Lonnie’s website.
Current project affiliations: Subduction Interface Dynamics from Shallow to Deep, Experimental Rock Mechanics