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Prof Lars Stixrude
O13 Kathleen Lonsdale Building
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  • Honorary Professor
  • Dept of Earth Sciences
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences
B.S. 1985 University of Delaware (Geology and Physics)
Ph.D. 1991 University of California at Berkeley (Geophysics)
Research Groups
Research Summary

Professor Stixrude's research program seeks to understand large-scale planetary processes through investigations of the fundamental atomic-scale physics of Earth- and planet-forming materials. We use a variety of methods based on first principles quantum mechanical theory including density functional theory. Fields of interests include mineral physics, Earth and planetary liquids and fluids, condensed matter physics, high pressure physics, planetary structure and evolution.

Teaching Summary

GEOL 3037 Deep Earth and Planetary Modeling

GEOL 3003 Geodynamics and Global Tectonics

At University of Michigan:

GEOSCI 113 Planets and Moons 

GEOSCI 115 Geologic Time 

GEOSCI 157 History of Earth Science 

GEOSCI/GEOG 201 Introductory Geography: Earth System Science 

GEOSCI 232 Earth Materials 

GEOSCI 426 Mineral Physics 

GEOSCI 525 Tectonophysics 

2007 – 2011 Visiting Professor Geological Sciences University of Michigan, United States
2007 Professor Earth Sciences University College London, United Kingdom
2005 – 2005 Visiting Miller Professor Miller Institute University of California, Berkeley, United States
2003 – 2007 Professor Geological Sciences University of Michigan, United States
2000 – 2003 Associate Professor Geological Sciences University of Michigan, United States
1997 – 2000 Assistant Professor Geological Sciences University of Michigan, United States
1994 – 1994 Humboldt Foundation Fellow Institut für Geophysik Universität Göttingen, Germany
1993 Visiting Investigator   Carnegie Institute of Washington, United States
1992 – 1997 Assistant Professor Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Georgia Institute of Technology, United States
1991 – 1992 Post-Doctoral Associate   Carnegie Institution of Washington, United States
Academic Background
1991   Doctor of Philosophy University of California - Berkeley
1985   Bachelor of Science University of Delaware
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