Megan Elwood Madden

School of Geology and Geophysics

University of Oklahoma Norman Campus

My research focuses on the thermodynamics and kinetics of geochemical processes at low temperature and low to moderate pressure conditions analogous to near‐surface conditions on Mars, Earth, Ceres, Titan, Europa, Enceladus, and other planetary bodies. My students and I use laboratory experiments to measure the rate of mineral-fluid interactions, and gas hydrate formation/decomposition under a range of planetary analog conditions. Combining kinetic data from these experiments with thermodynamic models of mineral assemblages, aqueous fluids, and/or gas hydrate systems, we constrain the duration and magnitude of volatile fluxes and aqueous systems in cold-moderate temperature environments. Current projects apply these techniques to constrain near‐surface mineral-ice-brine interactions on Mars, Earth, and other icy planetary bodies, as well as collaborative projects to determine understand how chemical weathering varies under different climate conditions to better interpret clues recorded in ancient sediments.

I teach classes in Planetary Geology, Geochemistry, and Geoscience Communication. I am committed to developing, strengthening, and supporting Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging efforts in geoscience. 

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Raising our expectations for JEDI work in geoscience faculty evaluation systems: an insight into who sustains this work and what motivates faculty to be engaged part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2022:Program:Poster Sessions:Wednesday Poster Session
Many geoscience departments are acutely aware of the exceptionally low racial and ethnic diversity among our geoscience students, faculty, and professional peers. Unfortunately, these demographics have stayed ...