Joshua Garber

PhD 2017
MS 2012 Geology- UC Davis

Office Location

Ellison 6715


MS Thesis:

Localization of Deformation in a Lower to Mid-Crustal Convergent Margin, Sierra de Pie de Palo, Argentina.


PhD Dissertation:

Titanite Geochronology and Geochemistry of the Western Gneiss Region, Norway: Constraints on UHP Continental Subduction and Emplacement.


Research Area(s)
Geochronology, Tectonics, Metamorphic Petrology, Rheology, Structural Geology



Brad Hacker


Graduate Student Opportunity Award, 2013/14

GSA/ExxonMobil Graduate Research Grant - Oustanding Mention, 2014

GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology (MGPV) Division Research Grant, 2014

UCSB Muckers/Earth Science Award for Commitment to Excellence in Undergraduate Education, 2013/14

UCSB Regents Special Fellowship, 2012/13


I study the physical and chemical processes of crustal deformation, particularly of the ductile-plastic lower crust, with an eye toward unraveling the tectonics of convergent and collisional margins. My first-year project at UCSB is lutetium-hafnium (Lu-Hf) dating of eclogites from the Western Gneiss Region (WGR) of Norway, aimed at more tightly constraining the timing of UHP metamorphism. My potential PhD projects include investigations of lower-crustal rocks in the WGR or the Himalayas (Tso Morari).


I am also interested in the thermodynamics of metamorphic systems, disequilibrium processes, geo- and thermochronology, strain localization, structural evolution of faults and shear zones, experimental petrology of Earth materials, and various topics in  planetary science (for example, impact cratering and lunar geology).


Earth 2: Physical Geology (Teaching Assistant), W14

Earth 104B:  Field Methods (Teaching Assistant), S14

Earth 114: Geomaterials (Teaching Assistant), F13

Earth 118/119:  Summer Field Geology (Teaching Assistant), M14