University of California, Riverside

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Larissa Dobrzhinetskaya

Larissa Dobrzhinetskaya

Adjunct Professor

Department of Earth Sciences
Geology 264
(951) 827-2028

Research Areas

  • Ultrahigh Pressure Mineralogy, Experimental Petrology, Ultra-High Pressure Metamorphism and Deep Subduction, Deep Earths Mineralogy and Geophysics

Research Interests:

The focus of my researches is on solid Earth geophysics. I use mineralogy as tool for studying ultrahigh-pressure metamorphic rocks from collisional orogenic belts, their microstructures, compositions and mineral phase transformations at very high pressures and high temperatures in order to provide understanding of the architecture of the Earth's interior and its geodynamics. It includes also experimental modeling of the ultra-deep metamorphic process and mineral phase transformations utilizing Walker 's style multianvil apparatus and diamond anvil cell devices.  Origin of diamonds from ultra-high pressure metamorphic terranes, deep subduction of continental crust. Experimental synthesis of diamonds from different source of natural carbon in presence of H2O at high pressures and high temperatures and their implication for geology, geophysics and materials science. My researches combine geological observations and analytical studies of minerals with advanced electron microscopy and synchrotron assisted micro X-ray and micro IR and Raman spectroscopy and experimental modeling of mineral behaviors at extreme conditions.

Current projects and research opportunities:

1. Nitrides in terrestrial rocks: A window into the geodynamic history of the Earth.

2. Fate of continental crust subducted to Earth's mantle transition zone: experimental studies.

3. Diamond formation in subduction zones; diamond synthesis from a supercritical COH-fluid

4. Nanoscale geological materials – from mineralogy: Focused Ion Beam, nanoSIMS, synchrotron IR and Raman spectroscopy, Scanning and Transmission electron microscopy.

Departmental activity: Freshman Discovery Seminar; Geo 190, Geo 122

  International Activity: Chair of Task Force IV, International Lithosphere Program International Collaborations  

Scientific Editor of books and Special Volume in journals


  • Doctor of Sciences Degree – Supreme Committee of Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia
  • Ph.D., Institute of Precambrian Geology and Geochronology
  • B.S., Saint Petersburg University, Russia
  • Fellow of Mineralogical Society of America 
  • Fellow of Geological Society of America
  • Fellow of American Association for Advancement of Science
  • Fellow of Japan Society for Promotion of Science



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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Department of Earth Sciences
Geology Building

Tel: (951) 827-3434
Fax: (951) 827-4324