Catherine “Cam” Macris is an assistant professor of earth sciences at IUPUI. She researches topics including crustal melting caused by giant impacts on Earth and mineral/melt interactions beneath Earth’s crust. She also teaches Introduction to Mineralogy and Physical Geology.
Originally from Louisiana, she went to LSU for a B.S. in geology, then on to California for an M.S. and a Ph.D. in geoochemistry from UCLA. She stayed on the West Coast for a postdoc at Cal Tech before moving to the Midwest to start the High Pressure and Temperature Experimental Geochemistry Lab at IUPUI in 2015.
Areas of Expertise
Geology, geochemistry, planetary science, asteroid impacts, meteorites, mineralogy, Earth’s interior, high-temperature materials in the Earth (fluids, melts, minerals in the mantle), glass synthesis.
Earth’s Explosive History Explains Its Strange Chemical Make-Up: https://gizmodo.com/earths-explosive-history-explains-its-strange-chemical-1818838830
Dark Origins of the Moon: https://www.sciencechannel.com/tv-shows/spaces-deepest-secrets/full-episodes/dark-origins-of-the-moon