I am interested in magma genesis and volatile solubility on exoplanets, Earth, and solar system bodies, the timescales of events in magmatic systems, geothermometry, volcano science and hazards, high-silica magmatic systems, and how our planet's volcanologic and petrologic mechanisms can be used to understand those on other planets and moons.
My current research projects use experimental petrology to study exoplanet magmas and use diffusion chronometry to examine timescales of effusive eruptions at Yellowstone.
Partial melting and solubility experiments to determine crust compositions, anhydrous solidi, and volatile solubilities of rocky planets orbiting other stars.
Brugman, K., Phillips, M.G., Till, C.B. (2021) Experimental Determination of Mantle Solidi and Melt Compositions for Two Likely Rocky Exoplanet Compositions. JGR: Planets, 10.1029/2020JE006731.
Development of a new diffusion chronometry method to compare pre-eruptive timescales from Fe-rich clinopyroxene to timescales from other minerals. This project examines the last events recorded by minerals in the Scaup Lake flow, a Yellowstone post-caldera rhyolite.
Brugman, K., Till, C.B. Bose, M. (2022) Common Assumptions and Methods Yield Overestimated Diffusive Timescales, as Exemplified in a Yellowstone Post-Caldera Lava. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 10.1007/s00410-022-01926-5.
Development of a new clinopyroxene-liquid geothermometer specifically calibrated for the low-Al, high-Fe clinopyroxene found in high-silica igneous systems.
Brugman, K.K., and Till, C.B. (2019) A low-aluminum clinopyroxene-liquid geothermometer for high-silica magmatic systems. American Mineralogist, 10.2138/am-2019-6842.
Dissertation: Timescales and Characteristics of Magma Generation in Earth and Exoplanets
Honors thesis: Understanding the History of Arabia Terra, Mars Through Crater-Based Tests
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FORCE's 6000 ton uniaxial multi-anvil, Ichiban, is complete!
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I had a brush with fame when my (blurry) photograph was featured in a Washington Post article about high pressure research at ASU
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I joined Dr. Michael Wong and other Carnegie Earth & Planets Lab postdocs for a Neighborhood Lecture about "The Science of Star Trek"
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I was featured on the Carnegie Earth & Planets Lab website
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During quarantine/CoronaTimes/The Wrong Timeline I've been continuing my experimental work at EPIC (ASU), including some drop-quench experiments conducted in our vertical furnace
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I recorded a lab tour video for ASU SESE's new students, since they can't visit labs in person during the pandemic
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I talked about my exoplanet experiments and 'Star Trek: Picard' on the
'Strange New Worlds' science and Trek podcast
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Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
kara [dot] brugman [at] gmail [dot] com
kara [dot] brugman [at] asu [dot] edu