Grif's work focuses on geochemical analysis of metasomatic rocks in the Catalina Schist. He has demonstrated new pathways of talc formation by tracing the movement of magnesium through the subduction interface at the epidote-amphibolite facies using magnesium isotopes. Future work will use iron and lithium isotopes to investigate redox and carbon behavior at the subduction interface.
Grif is interested in the field of economic geology and the movement of critical elements in the Earth's crust leading to ore deposits. Grif is an enthusiastic and avid mineral collector and abandoned mines/mineral deposits explorer. Grif finished received a Bachelor of Science in Earth and Space Science from UW in Spring 2023 and is continuing his research as a post-baccalaureate researcher at UW.
Courteney Pike was a rising senior at the University of Florida and spent Summer 2022 in Seattle as part of the UNAVCO RESESS Program. She received her Bachelor of Science in Geology with a minor in Chemistry in 2023 and is now an intern with Freeport-McMoRan. For her summer research project, Courteney used mass balance models to explore the chemical changes that occur in the subduction interface and to gain insight into how slow slip-hosting talc rocks form.
I have mentored undergraduate researchers in the context of senior honors theses, REUs, and the UNAVCO RESESS program. These projects involved hands-on geochemical, microstructural, and petrologic analysis, and guidance in scientific writing and public speaking. Students have made public presentations at national meetings and departmental and university research symposia a(Boak et al., 2019; Pike et al., 2022; Easthouse et al., 2023). My mentees have gone on to be hired at governmental agencies and admitted into graduate programs in the geosciences.
At the University of Washington, I am mentoring both undergraduate and graduate students within the Structural Petrology Lab and the Non-Traditional Stable Isotope Lab.
I am currently working and living on unceded lands of the Coast Salish peoples that touch the shared waters of the Duwamish, Puyallup, Suquamish, Tulalip, and Muckleshoot. Much of my research has been carried out on lands of the Tongva, Diné, and Piscataway peoples. I respectfully and humbly thank the Coast Salish, Tongva, Diné, and Piscataway ancestors, elders, and citizens for their ongoing stewardship of these lands and affirm their sovereignty in the face of continued dispossession and settler-colonialism