Bethany A. Chidester
Graduate Student
Email: chidesterba at
Office: Hinds 477
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Research interests:

I study the physical and chemical properties of materials under high pressure and high temperature conditions, to better understand the constitution, structure, and evolution of the Earth's interior. Specifically, I am interested in the distribution of long-lived radioactive elements in the deep Earth and how it affects the heat structure of the planet through time.


Ph.D. Candidate, University of Chicago (Geophysical Sciences)
2011 B.S., University of Toledo (Chemistry)


Chidester, B.A., et al. (Submitted) High pressure phase behavior and equations of state of ThO2 polymorphs.

Boujibar, A., Habermann, M., Righter, K., Driscoll, P., Chidester, B. A., et al. (In Review) Experimental evidence of a radioactive core in Mercury.

Chidester B. A., Rahman Z., Righter K. and Campbell A. J. (2017) Metal–silicate partitioning of U: Implications for the heat budget of the core and evidence for reduced U in the mantle. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta., 199, 1-12. [preprint] [article]

Thompson E. C., Chidester B. A., et al. (2016) Equation of state of pyrite to 85 GPa and 2400 K. Am. Mineral. 101, 1046-1051. [article]

Chidester B. A. and Strobel T. A. (2011) The ammonia-hydrogen system under pressure, J. Phys. Chem. A, 115, 10433-10437. [article]


2012–present Graduate Student Department of the Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago
2011–2012 Laboratory Technician Department of Chemistry, University of Toledo
2010 Summer Scholar (REU) Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington
2009–2011 Laboratory Technician Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Toledo


2015 Outstanding Student Paper Award, Mineral and Rock Physics, AGU Fall Meeting
2013–2016 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow
2011 Magna cum laude, University of Toledo
2011 Departmental Physical Chemistry Award, University of Toledo
2009 SMART Grant, University of Toledo
2007–2011 Dean's list, University of Toledo
2006–2010 Lewis J. & Nelle A. Davis Scholarship

My research is currently supported by the Carnegie-DOE Alliance Center (CDAC)