Britany Kulka

Britany Kulka

Postgraduate (DPhil/PhD)

PhD (DPhil) Candidate in Geophysics (Mineral Physics)

I am an international student from the United States (Ohio & Arizona).
My research revolves around high-pressure, high-temperature studies of bridgmanite and other mantle minerals using diamond anvil cells (DACs) at synchrotron facilities to collect in situ X-ray diffraction (XRD). By merging experimental methods with DFT calculations, I aim to achieve comprehensive results. I work with Dr. Hauke Marquardt and Dr. Andrew Walker.
I also utilize large volume presses (LVP)/multi-anvil presses for synthesis.


MSc (2021), Geological Sciences, SESE, Arizona State University, AZ, USA.
Thesis: Possible Control of Redox Conditions in the Laser-Heated Diamond Anvil Cell

BSc (2019), Earth and Space Exploration (Geological Sciences), SESE, Arizona State University, AZ, USA.
Thesis: The Bridgmanite–Akimotoite–Majorite Triple Point Determined in Large Volume Press and Laser-Heated Diamond Anvil Cell

If you are interested in learning more about what I do or are considering applying/accepting a PhD position in the department and want to know what it is like being an international student, please feel free to reach out via email.

Curriculum Vitae

Photo of me at my desk on campus doing laser-heated diamond anvil cell (LHDAC) experiments remotely from Argonne National Laboratory (APS, Lemont, IL, USA) during my MSc at ASU, 2020.

*My icon photo is of me holding the mantle and was taken at San Carlos, Arizona, USA.