Lily Thompson
Graduate Student
Email: ecthompson at
Office: Hinds 525

Research interests:

I study material properties under high pressure and high temperature conditions to better understand the constitution and evolution of planetary interiors. I am currently working on laser-heated diamond anvil cell experiments to investigate the distribution and cycling of volatiles in the deep Earth.


University of Chicago Ph.D. student Geophysical Sciences
University of Chicago M.S. (2015) Geophysical Sciences
University of New Orleans B.S. (2013) Earth & Environmental Sciences


Thompson E.C., Chidester B.A., Fischer R.A., Myers D.I, Heinz D.L., Prakapenka V.B., and Campbell A.J. (2016) Equation of state of pyrite to 80 GPa and 2400 K. American Mineralogist. <101, 1046-1051. [preprint] [article] [PDF]

Thompson E.C., Campbell A.J., and Liu Z. (2016) In-situ infrared spectra of hydroxyl in amphiboles at high pressure. American Mineralogist. 101, 706-712. [preprint] [article] [PDF]


2016 NSF Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) Fellowship
2016 NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) Fellowship
2015 Sigma Xi Grants-in-aid of Research ($1000)
2014–2017 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
2014 GSA On To the Future Travel Scholarship
2013–2015 McCormick Fellowship, University of Chicago
2013 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, Honorable Mention
2013 Phi Beta Kappa Club Award, University of New Orleans
2013 Magna cum laude, University of New Orleans
2013 Olga Braunstein Scholarship, University of New Orleans
2011–2012 Shell Women and Minorities in Science Scholarship
2010–2012 Magnolia Scholarship, University of New Orleans

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