Katherine Bermingham
Katherine Bermingham
Solar System building blocks; astrophysical modeling; geochemistry

Busch Campus
School of Arts and Sciences
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Dr. Bermingham’s primary research interests are investigating the building blocks of the Solar System and terrestrial planets and tracing their evolution over ~4.6 billion years. These interests and the inherent interdisciplinary nature of planetary science lend themselves to being part of an integrated research program such as EOAS which strives to advance the fundamental scientific understanding of our home planet. Through a combination of astrophysical modelling and high precision isotope measurements on terrestrial and meteorite samples, we try to piece together the identity of the chemical precursors of the Solar System. Using these chemical fingerprints, we map how these materials combined and moved through the protoplanetary disk to form the planets and asteroids. These research efforts utilize the cosmochemistry, geochemistry, mineralogy, and petrology of planetary samples. These data are obtained by microanalytical techniques such as Electron Microprobe (EPMA), single and multicollector Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (MC-ICP-MS), and thermal ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS).