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Phylindia Gant

PhD Student

M.A. Environmental Science, University of Virginia, 2016
B.S. Interdisciplinary Science – Chemistry, Purdue University, 2010
Curriculum Vitae


Under the direction of Dr. Jacobsen, I will investigate the abundance and speciation of water in minerals, meteorites, and silicate glasses using a combination of spectroscopic and micro-analytical methods in order to gain insight into the effect of water on the physical properties of Earth and planetary materials. I will also investigate the nature of hydrogen and other volatiles like carbon in minerals at high pressures and temperatures using diamond-anvil cells to simulate conditions in the Earth's mantle, which may hold a large geochemical reservoir of the components of water. These studies are broadly applied to understanding the origin and distribution of water on Earth.

Funding Awards

GEM University Fellow, 2016

Community Service

Project coordinator, Black Scientist Month, 2016
Volunteer, Girls 4 Science Chicago, 2013-2014
Sustanability Committee Member, Council of Chemist and Formulators, SC Johnson and Son, 2013-2014
Treasurer, Young Professionals of Racien Board of Directors, 2012-2014

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