Craig Bina

Craig Bina

W.V. Jones II Professor
Email: craig at
Location: Tech F297/F299

Ph.D. Northwestern University

Research Website


Professor Bina uses thermodynamic modeling of phase relations, under equilibrium and disequilibrium conditions, to investigate the seismology and geodynamics of Earth’s mantle and subducting lithosphere. He also studies the composition and mineralogy of planetary mantles, investigating roles of thermal and compositional variations, elemental partitioning relations, redox reactions, material properties, and structural transitions.

Professor Bina serves on the Editorial Board of Progress in Earth and Planetary Science for the Japan Geoscience Union and on the Program Committee of the JpGU-AGU Joint Meeting for the American Geophysical Union. He is a frequent visiting researcher in the Department of Geophysics at Charles University in Prague.


EARTH 108: Geological Impacts on Civilizations
EARTH 301: Petrology: Evolution of Crust and Mantle Rocks
EARTH 302: Geological Thermodynamics
EARTH 328: Tectonics and Structural Geology
EARTH 350: Physics of the Earth (ISP)
EARTH 438: Advanced Topics in Geophysics

Selected Publications

Zahradník, J., H. Čížková, C. R. Bina, E. Sokos, J. Janský, H. Tavera, and J. Carvalho, A recent deep earthquake doublet in light of long-term evolution of Nazca subduction, Scientific Reports, 7, 45153, doi:10.1038/srep45153, 2017. 

Townsend, J. P., J. Tsuchiya, C. R. Bina, and S. D. Jacobsen, Water partitioning between bridgmanite and postperovskite in the lowermost mantle, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 454, 20-27, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2016.08.009, 2016. 

Liu, X., X. Chen, H.-A. Ma, X. Jia, J. Wu, T. Yu, Y. Wang, J. Guo, S. Petitgirard, C. R. Bina, and S. D. Jacobsen, Ultrahard stitching of nanotwinned diamond and cubic boron nitride in C2-BN composite, Scientific Reports, 6, 30518, doi:10.1038/srep30518, 2016.

Chang, Y.-Y., S. D. Jacobsen, C. R. Bina, S.-M. Thomas, J. R. Smyth, D. J. Frost, T. Boffa Balaran, C. A. McCammon, E. H. Hauri, T. Inoue, H. Yurimoto, Y. Meng, and P. K. Dera, Comparative compressibility of hydrous and anhydrous Fo90 wadsleyite and ringwoodite: Effect of H2O on dK/dP and implications for detecting water in the transition zone, Journal of Geophysical Research, 120, doi:10.1002/2015JB012123, 2015.

Čížková, H., and C. R. Bina, Geodynamics of trench advance in a Philippine-Sea-style geometry, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 430, 408-415, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2015.07.004, 2015. 

French, R. A., C. R. Bina, M. S. Robinson, and T. R. Watters, Small-scale lunar graben: Distribution, dimensions, and formation processes, Icarus, 252, 95-106, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2014.12.031, 2015. 

Research Interests

  • thermodynamics
  • thermoelasticity
  • phase transitions
  • structure, composition, and dynamics of planetary interiors
  • body-wave seismology
  • subduction processes
  • networks and complex systems
March 28, 2017