My name is Jason Ott, and I am a Ph.D. student in the graduate program in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington studying the deformation and rheology of amphibole minerals in subduction zones. I recently completed my Master of Science in research at the University of California, Santa Cruz in the mineral physics research group, where I utilized my background in Earth science, physics, and chemistry to study the metastability of the amphibole mineral tremolite under pressures and temperatures relevant to conditions in the deep crust and upper mantle.
My master's research was focused on experimentally constraining the structural and thermodynamic properties of minerals using high-pressure apparatus—such as the diamond anvil cell—and high-energy methods of sample interrogation including lasers (Raman spectroscopy) and X-rays (X-ray diffraction) in order to quantify changes in the stability, structure, and bonding environment of amphiboles and better understand the dynamics of the planet we call home.
Thursday, June 11, 2020:
I am excited to share that my master's thesis has been completed and approved and as of today, I have successfully completed my Master of Science degree in research at the UCSC. Over the next few weeks, I will be preparing to move back to Seattle, where I will be entering the Ph.D. program at the University of Washington this fall to study the rheology of amphiboles in subduction zones under the guidance of my new advisor: Professor Cailey Condit.
Monday, June 8, 2020:
My first paper as lead author, Raman Spectroscopic Constraints on Compression and Metastability of the Amphibole Tremolite and High Pressures and Temperatures has been published in the June issue of the journal Physics and Chemistry of Minerals. It is an exciting culmination of a year and a half of work and my advisor and I believe it is a significant contribution to the body of knowledge on amphibole minerals and their significance in subduction zones.