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Adrian Castro

Adrian Castro

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Geology, Geology


I'm a metamorphic petrologist with particular interests in tectonics, subduction zone dynamics, phase equilibria and chemical kinetics. More specifically, I work towards elucidating the metamoprhic evolution of blueschists through a combination of cutting edge Raman inclusion barometry, thermodynamic modeling and diffusion modeling. These techniques combine to give us accurate constraints on the P-T conditions of garnet nucleation, associated devolitalization and potential seismicity. My past work has focused on the blueschists of the Greek Cyclades, but I'm partial to any eclogite or blueschist that comes my way!

Education & Professional History

Ph.D., Candiate, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

M.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

B.A., Amherst College

Highlights & Recent Activity


Kohn, M. J., Castro, A. E., Kerswell, B. C., Ranero, C. R., & Spear, F. S. (2018). Shear heating reconciles thermal models with the metamorphic rock record of subduction. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201809962.

Castro, A. E., & Spear, F. S. (2017). Reaction overstepping and re-evaluation of peak P‒T conditions of the blueschist unit Sifnos, Greece: implications for the Cyclades subduction zone. International Geology Review, 59(5-6), 548-562.

Personal Interests

Courses Taught This Year

  • GEOL 250: Mineralogy & Lab (Winter 2019)
  • GEOL 255: Petrology & Lab (Spring 2019)
Profile updated January 9, 2019

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