Sarah Brownlee

Sarah Brownlee

Sarah Brownlee

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

Elastic properties of crustal materials


I study how the mineralogy and microstructure of rocks contributes to elastic anisotropy in an effort to improve our understanding of the composition and structure of the middle and lower continental crust.


  • AB, 2003, Princeton University
  • Ph.D., 2009, University of California, Berkeley

Awards and grants

  • 2018 CLAS Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring

  • 2018 University Career Development Chair Award

Selected publications

  • Brownlee, S.J., V. Schulte-Pelkum, K. Mahan, C. Condit, A. Raju, Characteristics of deep crustal seismic anisotropy from a collection of rock elasticity tensors and their expression in receiver functions, Tectonics, DOI: 10.1002/2017TC004625, 2017, 
  • Brownlee, S.J., B.R. Hacker, G.E. Harlow, and G. Seward. Seismic signatures of a hydrated mantle from antigorite crystal-preferred orientation (CPO), Earth and Planetary Science Letters, vol. 375, p. 395-407, 2013,
  • Brownlee, S.J., Hacker, B.R., Salisbury, M., Seward, G., Little, T.A., Baldwin, S.L., and Abers, G.A. Predicted velocity and density structure of the Papua New Guinea ultrahigh pressure terrane, Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth, vol. 116, B08206, DOI: 10.1029/2011JB008195, 2011,

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Courses taught by Sarah Brownlee

Fall Term 2024 (future)

Winter Term 2024

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

Winter Term 2022