EAPS is delighted to announce that Matěj Pěc will join the faculty as an Assistant Professor in January 2017.
Matěj received his M.S. degrees in Microstructural Analysis from the Université de Montpellier, France (2007) and in Structural Geology from Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic (2008) and a Ph.D. in Rock Mechanics from the University of Basel, Switzerland (2012). Since then he has worked as Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Minnesota, with short-term visiting scientist positions at several universities in Europe and the USA. His (mostly experimental) research focuses on melt-rock interactions and their influence on the physical properties of partially molten rocks. His work provides important information on the properties of fault rocks under conditions found in the lower crust (which will help understand the interaction of the lithospheric plates with the underlying mantle asthenosphere and, in turn, the mechanics of plate tectonics), on the processes that can trigger earthquakes at elevated pressures and temperatures, and on the emerging links between seismicity, metamorphism, and flow.
Matěj Pěc is currently a Postdoctoral Associate at the University of Minnesota.
Matěj Pěc, Benjamin K Holtzman, Mark Zimmerman, David L Kohlstedt (2015), Reaction infiltration instabilities in experiments on partially molten mantle rocks, Geology, v. 43 no. 7 p. 575-578, doi:10.1130/G36611.1