Philip Skemer

​Associate Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Associate Director of the Institute of Materials Science & Engineering (IMSE)
PhD, Yale University
research interests:
  • Experimental Rock Deformation
  • Structural Geology

contact info:

mailing address:

  • WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
  • CB 1169
  • ONE BROOKINGS DR.
  • ST. LOUIS, MO 63130-4899

​The underlying motivation for Professor Skemer's research is to understand the remarkable phenomenon of plate tectonics and its variability among the terrestrial planets.

Skemer’s research interests include mantle deformation, the formation and the dynamics of plate boundaries, and the interpretation of seismological data.

For more information, visit Philip Skemer's department profile.

From our podcast:

Hold That Thought Podcast

Stories in Rocks

Why does our planet have plate tectonics, when neighbors like Venus do not? To look for clues, Phil Skemer uses - and builds - instruments that replicate the intense conditions found deep in the interior of the Earth.