Robert N. Ulrich

PhD Student

Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences

Geology 2640

Personal Website

My general research interests revolve around understanding how crystals grow and, more specifically, how living things grow crystals (think: our bones, a lobster’s shell, a plant’s phytolith). This process is called ‘biomineralization’. At UCLA, I am studying biomineralization using different geochemical tracers, including trace and minor elements as well as carbon, oxygen, and “clumped” isotopes, and integrating them using data science techniques.

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