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Craig Bina

W.V. Jones II Professor

Ph.D. Northwestern University


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. He is a frequent visiting researcher in the Department of Geophysics at Charles University in Prague and serves on the International Advisory Board for the Institute of Geophysics of the Czech Academy of Sciences.


EARTH 108: Geological Impacts on Civilizations
EARTH 301: Petrology: Evolution of Crust and Mantle Rocks
EARTH 302: Geological Thermodynamics
EARTH 335: Tectonics and Structural Geology 
EARTH 350: Physics of the Earth (ISP)
EARTH 438: Advanced Topics in Geophysics
EARTH 450:  Advanced Topics: Seminar Supercharged

Selected Publications

Čížková, H., J. Zahradník, J. Liu, and C. R. Bina, Geodynamic subduction models constrained by deep earthquakes beneath the Japan Sea and eastern China, Scientific Reports, 10, 5440, doi:10.1038/s41598-020-62238-x, 2020.

Bina, C. R., H. Čížková, and P.-F. Chen, Evolution of subduction dip angles and seismic stress patterns during arc-continent collision: Modeling Mindoro Island, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 533, 116054, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2019.116054, 2020.

Čížková, H., and C. R. Bina, Linked influences on slab stagnation: Interplay between lower mantle viscosity structure, phase transitions, and plate coupling, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 509, 88-99, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2018.12.027, 2019.

Hu, Y., B. Kiefer, C. R. Bina, D. Zhang, and P. K. Dera, High-pressure γ-CaMgSi2O6: Does penta-coordinated silicon exist in the Earth's mantle?, Geophysical Research Letters, 44, 11,340-11,348, doi:10.1002/2017GL075424, 2017.

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.

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.

Complete List of Publications