Curriculum Vitae

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM

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Brown University, Providence, RI
 Ph.D. Candidate, experimental petrology and geophysics, 2006-present
 Sc.M. (5/09)
  Master’s Thesis: Dynamic Oxidation of Basaltic Glass and its Effect on Magnetic Properties
  Advisor: Reid Cooper
Earlham College, Richmond, IN
 B.A. in Geosciences, June 2005
Rhodes College, Memphis, TN
 Aug 2001-May 2003

Research Experience

Research Assistant, Brown University, August 2006-present
 Oxidation kinetics and diffusion of network-modifying cations in basaltic glass; nucleation and growth of magnetic ferrites; effect of chemical potential gradient on melt inclusions in olivine; modeling of melt interaction with plagioclase. Analysis is done with Rutherford backscattering spectrometer, transmission electron microscope, and electron microprobe; modeling done in MATLAB.
Lunar and Planetary Institute Summer Intern, Houston, TX, June-August 2005
 High pressure/high temperature phase equilibria experiments employing a piston-cylinder apparatus with analysis with electron microprobe. Supervisor: Donald Musselwhite.
Senior research project, Spring 2005
 Analyzed trace element composition of sandstone cores from Altiplano in Bolivia and Peru in an attempt to determine provenance. Project included use of microwave digestion to prepare samples and ICP-OES to analyze samples.
Environmental geology research project, Spring 2003
 Measured levels of chlordane and other persistent organic pollutants in the soil of a floodplain in Memphis, TN. Samples were prepared and run through GC-MS.


Burgess, K., A. E. Saal, Y. Liang, E. H. Hauri, A. M. Kolszar, R. F. Cooper (submitted), The Origin of 'Ghost Plagioclase': Evidence from the Galápagos Plume, Earth and Planetary Science Letters.
Burgess, K., R. F. Cooper, J. Bowles, J. S. Gee, and D. J. Cherniak, (2010), Effects of open- and closed-system oxidation on texture and magnetic response of remelted basaltic glass, Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, 11, Q10007, doi:10.1029/2010GC003248.
Bowles, J., J. S. Gee, K. Burgess, and R. F. Cooper, (2011), Timing of magnetite formation in submarine basaltic glass: a comparison of natural and synthetic samples with implications for geomagnetic paleointensity studies, Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, doi:10.1029/2010GC003404.
Filiberto, J., D. S. Musselwhite, J. Gross, K. Burgess, L. Le, and A. H. Treiman (2010), Experimental petrology, crystallization history, and parental magma characteristics of olivine-phyric shergottite NWA 1068: Implications for the petrogenesis of “enriched” olivine-phyric shergottites, Meteoritics & Planetary Science, doi: 10.1111/j.1945-5100.2010.01080.x.


Burgess, Katherine, Reid F. Cooper (2011). Effects of fO2 and fH2O on formation and density of extended planar defects in olivine. AGU 2011 Fall Meeting. San Francisco, CA, United States. (Oral presentation, Invited)
Burgess, Katherine, Reid F. Cooper (2011), Occurrence and density of planar extended defects in olivine. Gordon Research Conference: Interior of the Earth. (Poster)
Burgess, Katherine, Reid F. Cooper, Julie A. Bowles, Jeffrey S. Gee, Daniele J. Cherniak (2010). Magnetic Response and Redox Reaction Texture in Basaltic Glass, Interrelated. AGU 2010 Fall Meeting. San Francisco, CA, United States. (Oral presentation, Invited)
Burgess, Katherine, Alberto E. Saal, Alison M. Koleszar, Eric H. Hauri, Yan Liang, Reid F. Cooper (2009). Melt Inclusions from the Galápagos Plume: Clues to the Origin of ‘Ghost Plagioclase.’ AGU 2009 Fall Meeting. San Francisco, CA, United States. (Oral presentation)
Burgess, Katherine, Reid F. Cooper, Daniele J. Cherniak, Julie A. Bowles, Jeffrey S. Gee (2008). Oxidation Dynamics and their Effects on Texture and Magnetic Response in Remelted and Quenched Submarine Basaltic Glass. AGU 2008 Fall Meeting. San Francisco, CA, United States. (Poster)
Burgess, Katherine, Reid F. Cooper, Daniele J. Cherniak (2007). Oxidation Kinetics and Textures for Natural and Synthetic MORB Glasses and Subliquidus Melts: RBS Analyses. AGU 2007 Fall Meeting. San Francisco, CA, United States. (Oral presentation)
Burgess, K.D., D.S. Musselwhite, A.H. Treiman (2006). Experimental Petrology of Olivine-Phyric Shergottite NWA 1068: Toward Defining a Parental Melt. In: Abstracts of Papers Submitted to the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 2006, Vol. 37. Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Houston, TX, United States.
Burgess, Kate and Donald Musselwhite. Experimental Petrology of the Martian Meteorite North West Africa 1068. Twenty-First Annual Summer Intern Conference, 2005 Lunar and Planetary Institute Summer Intern Program for Undergraduates. Sponsored by Lunar and Planetary Institute and NASA Johnson Space Center. Houston, 11 August 2005.

Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant, Brown University, January-May 2009; Structure
Teaching Assistant, Brown University, January-May 2008; Introduction to Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry
Teaching Assistant, Earlham College, January-May 2005
 Duties included setting up labs for introductory physical geology class, grading, leading exam review sessions, giving a lecture to the class and individual tutoring.
Teaching Assistant, Rhodes College, January-May 2002
 Duties included set up of labs for environmental geosciences course.
Environmental Education Intern, Student Conservation Association, Aug.-Nov. 2005
 Led field trips for middle school and high school students in Great Smoky Mountain National Park, NC.

Instrumentation Experience/Skills

Transmission Electron Microscopy: HRTEM, AEM, EDS, GIF
Rutherford Backscattering Spectroscopy
Scanning Electron Microscopy/Microprobe
Piston-cylinder apparatus
Deltech gas-mixing furnace
Microwave digestion
X-ray diffraction
Adobe Illustrator software
RUMP software (RBS modeling)
MATLAB software


All-Paid US-Japan Winter School on New Functionalities in Glass, Fukui Institute for Fundamental Chemistry, Kyoto University, Japan, January 6-17, 2008.
 Sponsored by NSF's International Materials Institute for New Functionality in Glass (IMI-NFG), International Center for Integrated Research and Advanced Education in Materials Science (ICIRAEMS), Kyoto University, Global Centers of Excellence Program (COE), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).

Professional Society Affiliations

American Geophysical Union
Mineralogical Society of America


Sigma Xi, 2010
Phi Beta Kappa, 2005
Thomas Clarkson Grave and Anna Hubbard Grave Graduate Scholarship in Natural Science, Earlham College, 2005

Volunteer Work

Science Outreach, Vartan-Gregorian Elementary School, Providence, RI
 Helped design and teach weekly earth science classes for 4th graders, working with other geology graduate students.

Extracurricular Activities and Athletics

Geology Club Co-President
Brown University Ultimate Frisbee Team
Ultimate Frisbee summer league
Habitat for Humanity