Marie D Jackson

Research Associate Professor

Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Utah

Office Room Number 273 FASB

Phone (928) 8537967


Research Interests

My collaborative investigations in volcanology, mineralogy, materials science and

archaeological science are breaking new ground in understanding how durability, specialty

properties, and long service life develop in ancient Roman concretes and reproductions of

these materials. Our research methods include synchrotron-based X-ray microdiffraction, nano- and

micro-computed tomography, Raman spectroscopy, S/TEM imaging, diffraction and EDS

compositional analyses, LA-ICPMS compositional analyses, scanning electron microscopy, and

diverse rock testing experiments. Petrographic microscopy forms the foundational observations

of rock and concrete fabrics.

I am especially interested in recreating Roman methods and materials that leap over the past

2000 years to produce regenerative cementitious fabrics in concretes fabricated with volcanic

rock, which benefit the modern world. The studies of Surtsey volcano resulting from the Surtsey

Underwater volcanic System for Thermophiles, Alteration processes and INnovative Concretes

(SUSTAIN) drilling program in Iceland, sponsored by the International Continental Drilling

Program ( will provide extraordinary insights into a geologic analog for

these processes.

Office Hours

I can usually be contacted in Room 273 in the Frederick Albert Sutton Building.

Please drop in or send an email in advance.

Academic Background

Ph. D., Earth Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland

Doctorat d'Université, Géologie Structurale, Université de Nantes, France

Bachelor of Science, Earth Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz, California

• Time-lapse hydrothermal processes at Surtsey volcano, Iceland


• Ancient Roman pyroclastic rock concretes


Mineral cements in volcanic tuff and tephra deposits


• Environmentally-friendly concretes with specialty properties


• Historic stone masonry