Welcome to the Paleomagnetic Lab at UWM

Variations in Earth’s magnetic field recorded in rocks and sediments have the ability to provide unique information on a wide variety of earth processes, from core to crust and from deep time to the very recent past. Paleomagnetism is the study of these "rock records" of field variations. By characterizing variations in the geomagnetic field, we can exploit these variations to better understand volcanic and other geologic processes, from local to planetary scales.  It is also necessary to understand how reliable our rock records are, so studies that seek to clarify the origin of magnetic remanence in igneous materials are equally important. This work combines standard rock- and paleomagnetic techniques with potential field observations and modeling, as well as techniques in experimental petrology. 


Check out pictures from our field work in California and Washington this summer!


The Paleomagnetic Lab was well represented last week (Apr. 11) at the UW-System Undergraduate Research Symposium by Kiel Finn and Amber Patt!

Left to right: Undergrads Leah Warder, Kiel Finn, and Grad Student Jane Block.

Amber Patt (right).


American Geophysical Union Geomagnetism and Paleomagnetism Section

Institute for Rock Magnetism

Magnetics Information Consortium (MagIC)


Julie Bowles, Assistant Professor

  • Bill Kean, Professor Emeritus
  • Sophie-Charlotte Lappe, Post-Doctoral Researcher
  • Fatimah Abuduwufu, Graduate Student
  • Devin Gerzich, Graduate Student
    • Elizabeth Borucki , Undergraduate Research Assistant
    • Miles Harbury, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Contact Information

    Julie Bowles, Assistant Professor
    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee • Department of Geosciences • P.O. Box 413 • Lapaham Hall 366 • Milwaukee, WI 53201 • bowlesj@uwm.edu • 414-229-6110 (phone)

    Last updated March 26, 2015 . Copyright © 2012 Julie A. Bowles. All rights reserved.