Imaging geological materials for understanding Earth processes

Richard’s research covers a broad spectrum in geosciences, with two primary research areas. One is the application of high-resolution X-ray computed tomography to a diverse spectrum of disciplines, including paleontology, petrology, hydrogeology, structural geology, economic geology and planetary science. The other is theory and practice of apatite fission-track thermochronology, and thermal history inversion from low-temperature thermochronologic data.

This talk will provide a general introduction about high-resolution CT imaging and the current research in Richard’s group, which include textures in pumices and what they say about eruption, structures in carbonaceous chondrites and what they say about asteroidal surface processes and nebular formation models, and carbonado diamonds and their origin.


Prof Richard Ketcham
Jackson School of Geosciences
University of Texas Austin

Richard has an H-index of 47 and his works have been cited for over 10,000 times. He has also served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Jackson School of Geosciences, one of the top geoscience programs in the world.

You may learn more about his work from the links below.

Google Scholar:

Faculty profile at UT:

UTCT lab (High-Resolution X-ray Computed Tomography Facility):


314, Steele building (#3), St Lucia Campus