California Institute of Technology
Seismological Laboratory Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences


Vasilije Dobrosavljevic

Vasilije Dobrosavljevic

Grad Student in Geophysics

BS 2016, Physics, Yale University

California Institute of Technology
Seismological Laboratory
1200 E. California Blvd., MS 252-21
So. Mudd Building, Rm 370
Pasadena, CA 91125

Phone: (626) 395-8906/8931
Fax: (626) 564-0715


I work with Jennifer Jackson on combining high-pressure synchrotron-based experiments with interdisciplinary collaboration to study the physics of deep Earth materials, structures, and processes. My scientific interests focus on the complex multi-scale structures actively being discovered at Earth’s core-mantle boundary and their role in planetary dynamics and evolution. My recent experimental work has involved developing a multi-technique approach for measuring the melting of iron-bearing materials at high-pressures. I have applied this new approach to an Fe-Ni-Si alloy compatible with recent estimates of core compositions for Earth and Mercury, clarified the effect of silicon on core temperatures, and addressed discrepancies among melt detection techniques. In addition, I am active in interdisciplinary efforts to quantify the compositions of ultralow velocity zones, the most extreme seismically-detected structures at Earth’s core-mantle boundary region. My contributions have involved constructing mineralogical models of a solid ULVZ compatible with constraints from seismology, mineral physics, and geodynamics. I am also involved in several additional experimental projects investigating the high-pressure properties of water-bearing phases relevant to the interiors of Earth, Mars, and icy satellites.