Lowell Masataka Miyagi
University of Utah

Research Interests:

  • Texture (crystallographic preferred orientation) and anisotropy development
  • Polycrystal plasticity
  • Rheology of deep earth materials
  • Interpretation of seismic anisotropy in the Earth


Ph. D. – Earth and Planetary Science – University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, – 2009
Dissertation: Deformation and texture development in deep earth mineral phases: Implications for seismic anisotropy and dynamics.

B. A. – Geology and East Asian Studies (magna cum laude) – Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH – 2004
Senior Honors Thesis: Microstructures and deformation in some fault rocks from the McConnell Thrust at Mount Yamnuska (Alberta):  Implications for fluid flow and faulting and cycles of strain-hardening and softening.

Current Position:

Assistant Professor of Geology and Geophysics: University of Utah, Department of Geology and Geophysics (Jan 2013-Present)

Previous Positions:

Adjunct Assistant Professor:  Montana State University, Department of Earth Sciences (Jan 2012-Jan 2013)

Bateman Postdoctoral Fellow: Yale University, Department of Geology and Geophysics
(Fall 2009-Fall 2011)

Graduate Student Researcher:  University of California at Berkeley, Department of Earth and Planetary Science (Fall 2004-Fall 2009)

Graduate Student Instructor:  University of California at Berkeley, Department of Earth and Planetary Science
•    EPS 50, The Planet Earth (Spring 2009)
•    EPS 100A, Minerals: Their Constitution and Origin (Fall 2005)

Mineralogy Tutor (Fall 2006)
•    Tutor for EPS 100A, Minerals: Their Constitution and Origin,

Teaching Assistant:  Oberlin College, Department of Geology (Spring 2002)
•    Physical and Environmental Geology

Courses Taught:

Natural disasters GEO 1000 (University of Utah)
Mineralogy, GEO 205 (Montana State University)
Earth Materials, GEO 208 (Montana State University)
Metamorphic Petrology, GEO 308 (Montana State University)
Geophysics, GEO 439 (Montana State University)

Invited Talks:

Keynote Speaker, Workshop on Texture Analysis Using the Rietveld Method, Advanced Light Source, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA (2012)

Invited speaker, American Geophysical Union Study of Earth’s Deep Interior session “Seismic Anisotropy from the Core-Mantle Boundary to the Lithosphere”, San Francisco, CA: December 2011

University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO: March 2009

Princeton University, Princeton, NJ: March 2009

Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institute of Washington, Washington, DC: March 2009

Advanced Light Source, Berkeley CA: June 2008

Center for Study of Matter under Extreme Condition, Miami Beach, Fl: April 2007

Honorary Awards:

Bateman Fellowship, Yale University (2009-2011)
AGU Fall Meeting outstanding student paper award (2007)
George B. Wharton Prize for excellence in geology  (2004)
Freeman Grant for study in Japan (2002-2003)
John Fredrick Oberlin scholar  (1999-2004)

Professional Service:

Referee, Science, Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, Geophysical Research Letters, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, G3, Journal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids (2010-)

Convener and Outstanding Student Presentation Award liaison, American Geophysical Union, Study of Earths Deep Interior session, Seismic Anisotropy, and Plate Tectonics: Insights through Observations, Experiments and Modeling, San Francisco, CA (2012)

Chair, American Physical Society, Shock Compression of Condensed Matter session, Geophysics and Planetary Science II: Giant and Super-Earth Planets, Chicago, IL (2011)

Referee, Crystallography and Crystal Chemistry, online teaching activities, Science Education Resource Center (SERC) (2011)

Convener and Chair, American Geophysical Union, Mineral and Rock Physics session, Crystallographic Fabrics: Geodynamic Markers of Earth’s History and Today’s Internal Structure, San Francisco, CA (2009)

Professional Development:

Workshop on Texture Analysis Using the Rietveld Method, Advanced Light Source, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA (2012)

On the Cutting Edge workshop, Teaching Mineralogy, Petrology, and Geochemistry in the 21st Century, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (2011)

Advanced teaching workshops: Graduate Teaching Center seminar series, Yale University, New Haven, CT (2010)

Fundamentals of Teaching in the Sciences: Graduate Teaching Center short course, Yale University, New Haven, CT (2010)

Fundamentals of Teaching Labs: Graduate Teaching Center short course, Yale University, New Haven, CT (2010)

Mineralogical Society of America short course, Neutron Scattering in Earth Sciences, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA (2006)

Workshop on Rheology and Elasticity Studies at Ultra-high Pressures and Temperature.  Advanced Photon Source Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL (2005)

Neutron Scattering Winter School: Structural Application of Neutron Scattering.  Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM (2005)


H.-R. Wenk, L. Lutterotti, P. Kaercher W. Kanitpanyacharoen, L. Miyagi, and R. Vasin (submitted), Rietveld Texture Analysis from Synchrotron Diffraction Images: II Complex multiphase materials and diamond anvil cell experiments, Powder Diffraction.

L. Miyagi, G. Amulele, K. Otsuka, Z. Du., R. Farla, and S.-I. Karato (submitted), Plastic anisotropy and slip systems in ringwoodite deformed to high shear strain in the rotational Drickamer apparatus Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors.

S. Merkel, H.-P. Liermann, L. Miyagi, and H.-R. Wenk (2013) In-situ radial x-ray diffraction study of texture and stress during phase transformations in bcc-, fcc-, and hcp-iron up to 36 GPa and 1000 K, Acta Materialia, 61(14), 5144–5151, doi:10.1016/j.actamat.2013.04.068

L. Miyagi, W. Kanitpanyacharoen, S.-V, Raju, P. Kaercher, J. Knight, A. Macdowell, H.-R. Wenk, Q. Williams, E. Z. Alarcon (2013), Combined resistive and laser heating technique for in-situ radial x-ray diffraction in the diamond anvil cell at high pressure and temperature, Rev. Sci. Instrum.  84, 025118.

Z. Du, L. Miyagi, G. Amulele, and . K. K. M. Lee (2013), External resistively-heated diamond-anvil cell to temperatures up to 1300K, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 84, 024502.

P. Kaercher, S. Speziale, L. Miyagi, W. Kanitpanyacharoen, and H.-R. Wenk (2012), Crystallographic preferred orientation in wustite (FeO) through the  cubic-to-rhombohedral phase transition, Phys. Chem. Miner., 39(8), 613–626, doi:10.1007/s00269-012-0516-x.

W. Kanitpanyacharoen,S. Merkel, L. Miyagi, P. Kaercher, C. N. Tomé, Y. Wang, and H.-R. Wenk (2012), Significance of mechanical twinning in hexagonal metals at high pressure, Acta Materialia, 60(1), 430–442, doi:10.1016/j.actamat.2011.07.055.

H. Marquardt, A. Gleason, H. Marquardt, S. Speziale, L. Miyagi, G. Neusser, H.-R. Wenk, R. Jeanloz (2011). Elastic properties of MgO nanocrystals and grain boundaries at high pressures by Brillouin scattering. Physical Review B 84, 064131.

L. Miyagi, W. Kanitpanyacharoen, S. Stackhouse, B. Militzer, H.-R. Wenk (2011). The Enigma of Post-Perovskite Anisotropy: Deformation versus Transformation Textures. Physics and Chemistry of Minerals 38(9), 665-678.

L. Miyagi, W. Kanitpanyacharoen, P. Kaercher, K. K. M. Lee, H.-R. Wenk (2010). Slip systems in MgSiO3 post-perovskite: Implications for D” anisotropy. Science 329, 1639-1641.

H-P. Liermann, S. Merkel, L. Miyagi, H.-R. Wenk, H. Cynn, W.J. Evans, G. Shen (2009). In Situ determination of material textures at simultaneous high-pressure and -temperature by means of radial diffraction in the diamond anvil cell.  Review of Scientific Instruments  80, 104501.

L. Miyagi, S. Merkel, T. Yagi, N. Sata, Y. Ohishi, and H.-R. Wenk (2009). Diamond anvil cell deformation of CaSiO3 perovskite up to 49 GPa, Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 174(1-4), 159-164.

L. Miyagi, M. Kunz, J. Nasiatka, M. Voltolini, J. Knight, H.-R. Wenk (2008). In-situ texture development in polycrystalline iron at simultaneous high pressure and temperature. Journal of Applied Physics 104, 103510.

L. Miyagi, N. Nishiyama, Y. Wang, A. Kubo, D. V. West, R. J. Cava, T. S. Duffy, H.-R. Wenk (2008). Deformation and texture development in CaIrO3 post-perovskite phase up to 6 GPa and 1300 K. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 268, 515-525.

M. Kunz, W.A. Caldwell, L. Miyagi, H.-R. Wenk (2007). In situ laser heating and radial synchrotron diffraction in a diamond anvil cell. Review of Scientific Instruments 78, 063907.

S. Merkel, A.K. McNamara, A. Kubo, S. Speziale, L. Miyagi, Y. Meng, T.S. Duffy, H.-R. Wenk (2007). Deformation of (Mg,Fe)SiO3 post-perovskite and D” anisotropy. Science 316, 1729-1732.

L. Miyagi, S. Merkel, T. Yagi, N. Sata, Y. Ohishi, H.-R. Wenk (2006). Quantitative Rietveld texture analysis of CaSiO3 perovskite deformed in a diamond anvil cell. Journal of Physics Condensed Matter 18, S995-1005.

S. Speziale, I. Lonardelli, L. Miyagi, J. Pehl, C.E. Tommaseo, H.-R. Wenk (2006). Deformation experiments in the diamond-anvil cell: Texture in copper to 30 GPa. Journal of Physics Condensed Matter 18, S1007-1020.

H.-R. Wenk, I. Lonardelli, S. Merkel, L. Miyagi, J. Pehl, S. Speziale, C.E. Tommaseo (2006). Diamond anvil deformation experiments in radial diffraction geometry. Journal of Physics Condensed Matter 18, S933-947.

S. Merkel, A. Kubo, L. Miyagi, S. Speziale, T.S. Duffy, H.-K. Mao, H.-R. Wenk (2006). Plastic deformation of MgGeO3 post-perovskite at lower mantle pressures. Science 311, 644-646.

I. Westmoreland, L. Miyagi, E. L. Que (2005). 1,5-Dibromo-2,4-bis¬[(2-bromo¬phen¬yl)ethyn-yl]benzene.  Acta Cryst. E. 61 (9), o2894–o2895.

Editorial Publications:

L. Miyagi (2007). Texture in the post-perovskite phase: Towards an understanding of anisotropy in the D”. COMPRES Newsletter 6 (2).