We strive to better understand how planet-scale observables are fundamentally controlled by the behavior of atoms at extreme conditions. Using X-ray scattering techniques, we probe interactions of nuclei and electrons at high pressures and temperatures. Our work informs the physical properties and dynamic history of the Earth and other planets both within and without our solar system.

A common theme for many of our research projects is atomic mobility. As we push the boundaries of high pressure and fast timescales, kinetics and rate-dependent phenomena control experimental access to properties such as phase stability, phase transformation mechanisms, and defect propagation.

June Wicks

Assistant Professor June Wicks is based in the Dept. of Earth & Planetary Sciences (Olin Hall) and the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute (Malone Hall), and also holds a joint appointment in the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering.

News & Announcements

Welcome, Gin Li!

This fall, Wicks Lab welcomes Yijing Li as graduate student. The following is a short interview with our newest member. Welcome, Gin! Q: Where did you study? What was your favorite class? A: I studied at UC Santa Barbara. My favorite class was the Mineralogy and Optical Mineralogy class. Q: What drew you to mineral… Read more »


Welcome and Congratulations, Junellie Gonzalez Quiles!

Former research assistant Junellie Gonzalez Quiles returns to Wicks Lab this August as a graduate student, and has been awarded a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to pursue her PhD. Junellie is bridging the gap among astronomers, planetary scientists, and geoscientists, in the emerging field of exogeoscience. Exogeoscience considers geological processes reflected in exoplanets’ atmospheres, in… Read more »