Marc Hesse is an assistant professor in the Department of Geological Sciences. He joined The University of Texas at Austin faculty in 2009 after
earning his Ph.D. in petroleum engineering from Stanford University and a postdoctoral appointment in Tectonophysics at Brown University. Hesse has been a Presidential Graduate Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he earned a master’s degree in Oceanography, and a David Crighton Fellow in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Cambridge University where he earned a master’s degree in fluid flow from the BP-Institute for Multi-Phase Flow. He is currently a John A. and Katherine G. Jackson Centennial Teaching Fellow in Geological Sciences.
Hesse’s research is focused on the modeling of multi-phase materials in the solid earth sciences. His work combines field observations, experimental work, and theory to describe these complex systems mathematically.
This commonly leads to new sets of governing equations and Hesse works closely with mathematicians in ICES to develop appropriate and robust numerical models for these multi-phase systems. An example is the description of partial melting and melt segregation in planetary interiors, a process that is responsible for magmatic activity at plate boundaries and intra-plate hot spots, and that has global consequences for mantle dynamics and plate tectonics.