Alissa J. Kotowski

Hi! I'm currently a Wares postdoctoral research fellow at McGill University in Montreal. I earned my Ph.D. from the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin in 2019. Before that, I studied Geology at Boston College (B.Sc. 2014) and spent a semester at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia in 2013. My postdoc research is just getting started, but the plan is to assess fault and shear zone rheology and mechanics using nano-indentation experiments on important strain-accommodating minerals, like micas and amphiboles. My Ph.D. research at UT with Dr. Whitney Behr focused on subduction zone mechanics and dynamics, combining structural geology, rheology, and petrology to understand long-term and transient deformation. Check out more of what Whitney Behr's research group does at the Behr Research Group webpage.

During my time at UT, I was an Instructor for UT Austin's GeoFORCE program, a K-12 outreach initiative designed to increase the number and diversity of students pursuing STEM educations at the college level. Every summer GeoFORCE takes high school students on field trips to spectacular sites around Texas and the United States to introduce them to geology in the field. As an Instructor for summer field trips, I brought students from Austin, Dallas and Houston to the Grand Canyon, Oregon, and Central Texas. Find out more about GeoFORCE on their website.