Karalee Brugman

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Graduate Assistant/Associate

Student Information

Graduate Student
Geological Sciences
Liberal Arts & Sciences


Kara Brugman is a PhD candidate in Geological Sciences in the School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) studying experimental petrology with Dr. Christy Till. Ms. Brugman is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and received an Outstanding Student Paper Award at the 2016 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting for her first professional talk. Ms. Brugman earned her BA in Geological Sciences with a minor in Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences from the University of Colorado at Boulder. While at CU she worked with Dr. Brian Hynek at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, and served on the student planning committee for the Geological Society of America's 125th Annual Meeting. She is the student representative to the AGU's Volcanology, Geochemistry, and Petrology section, serves on the AGU Student & Early Career Scientist Conference planning committee, is co-chair of SESE's Women in Science Program, and has served as a member of the SESE's Graduate Council for three years. Ms. Brugman is interested in experimental petrology and volcanology and aims to use knowledge of these processes on Earth to learn more about other planets and moons. 

Research Group

Experimental Petrology and Igneous processes Center (EPIC)


Brugman, K.K., C.B. Till, M. Bose, 2016, Clinopyroxene Diffusion Chronometry of the Scaup Lake Rhyolite, Yellowstone Caldera, WY. EOS AGU Fall Meeting Abstract V13F-02, San Francisco, CA.

Brugman, K.K., C.B. Till, M. Bose and R. Hervig, 2015, Development of Clinopyroxene as an Igneous Geospeedometer Using NanoSIMS. EOS AGU Fall Meeting Abstract V31B-3030, San Francisco, CA.

Brugman, K.K., B.M. Hynek, S.J. Robbins, 2015. Crater-based tests unlock the mystery of the origin and evolution of Arabia Terra, Mars. Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, The Woodlands, TX.

Hynek, B.M., T.M. McCollum, E.C. Marcucci, K.K. Brugman, K.L. Rogers (2013), Assessment of environmental controls on acid-sulfate alteration at active volcanoes in Nicaragua: Applications to relic hydrothermal systems on Mars, Journal of Geophysical Research—Planets, Special Issue: Early Mars, 118, 2083–2104, doi:10.1002/jgre.20140.