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Adjunct Brandon Dugan

Associate Professor


dugan@rice.edu
Google Scholar Link

Keywords:

hydrology, rock and sediment properties


Research Summary:

Brandon is a geohydrologist who combines numerical modeling with experimental constraints on rock properties to understand fluid flow and slope stability in a variety of environments.

Staff Bryn P. Dugre

Department Operations Administrator


Room Number: 111 Keith Wiess Geology Lab
(713) 348-2558
bryn.dugre@rice.edu

Past Megan Duncan
megan.s.duncan@rice.edu

PhD Student James Eguchi
Room Number: 222
(909) 263-9255
james.eguchi@rice.edu

Keywords:

carbon cycle, carbonates, calcite solubility, brines, graphite, eclogite, high P-T experiments


Research Summary:

I use high pressure experiments to study how carbon is moving around and where it eventually ends up within our planet.

Professional Master Student William C. Eisenberg

77005


3147036077
weisenberg055@gmail.com
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Keywords:

Eisenberg, William, Will, Texas, TCU, Texas Christian University, fun, Broman, William C. Eisenberg, Bill, Billy, Houston, Fort Worth


Research Summary:

Understanding uniaxial compressive strength changes in different lithologies is important to understand the changes in behavior of rocks under confinement in the subsurface. While laboratory testing often assesses the strength of a particular lithology, there are few studies such as that by Deere and Miller (1966) that compare a large variety of different lithologies and their overall strength. Here, we present a data compilation of strain at failure under uniaxial compression for various lithologies in order to show how widely strain data can vary in a given lithology and between different lithologies. Metadata for the study were obtained through searching existing literature. We show that the lithology strongly controls the amount of strain that a material can accumulate prior to failure and that rocks fall within predictable ranges of strain prior to failing under uniaxial compression.

Past Graham Eldridge
graham.eldridge@rice.edu

Friend Monica Erdman

Ph.D. Candidate


Room Number: 325
monica.e.erdman@rice.edu
Google Scholar Link
Resume

Keywords:

Geochemistry, petrology, geodynamics, continental crust, sulfur cycle


Undergraduate Student Savannah L. Ezelle
713 297 1559
sle2@rice.edu

Professional Master Student Ziqian Fan
zf8@rice.edu
Resume
Fall 2015
Keywords:

Energy Industry, Oil & Gas, Finance, Energy Consulting


Research Summary:

Highly motivated students with direct analytical and results-driven experience in industry and academy. Seeking professional development opportunities to leverage and to improve my skills in energy consulting and industry analysis.

PhD Student Michael Farner

PhD candidate


Room Number: Keith-Weiss 325
michael.j.farner@rice.edu
Google Scholar Link
CV

Keywords:

petrology, geochemistry, geology, granite, enclaves, magmatic differentiation


Research Summary:

My research focuses on the physical and chemical processes involved in magmatic differentiation.

PhD Student William C. Farrell
Room Number: 232B
(732) 865-2388
wcf2@rice.edu
website
CV

Keywords:

Particle-based modeling, numerical modeling, tectonics, geomorphology, surface processes, landscape evolution


Research Summary:

My doctoral research focuses on developing a particle-based numerical model of the coupled tectonic and geomorphologic processes along the Hikurangi margin on the Northern Island of New Zealand.

Past Meron Fessahaie

undergraduate


meron.s.fesshaie@rice.edu

Past Elizabeth Finley
elizabeth.a.finley@rice.edu

Staff Sandra Flechsig

Department Coordinator


Room Number: 114 Keith Wiess Geology Lab
(713) 348-3326
sandraf@rice.edu

PhD Student Wey Yi Foo
Room Number: RM212
weyyi.foo@rice.edu
website
Resume
CV

Keywords:

Structural geology; Geomechanics; Offshore Margins; Forearc evolution; Seismotectonics; Marine geology & geophysics


Research Summary:

I use numerical simulations to study the deformation a seamount can levy on a forearc, and its influence on the seismic potential of subduction zones. I explore how differing mechanical properties, and seamount geometries can control the extent of deformation.

Faculty Melodie E. French

Assistant Professor


Room Number: 203
(713) 348-5088
mefrench@rice.edu
website
Google Scholar Link

Keywords:

structural geology, rock deformation, rheology, fault zones, earthquake physics


Research Summary:

Melodie studies the material and hydrologic properties of fault rocks using techniques from experimental rock deformation and structural geology.

Friend Lei Fu
lei.fu@rice.edu

PhD Student Maria Furtney
Room Number: 211
mf38@rice.edu
website
CV

Keywords:

volcanology, geophysics


Research Summary:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/maria-furtney-62a49263

Research Scientist Xiaodong Gao
Room Number: 201
(713) 348-4114
xdgao@rice.edu

Keywords:

charcoal, carbon cycle & sequestration, aqueous-solid interfacial reactions, contaminant speciation, spectroscopic techniques (e.g., NMR, FTIR).


Research Summary:

Biogeochemical processes controlling carbon cycling in geomedia; biochar soil amendment; surface and colloid chemistry of aqueous systems; multi-faceted approaches to contaminant speciation in environmental media; mineral-contaminants interfacial reactions

Professional Master Student Janie Garcia
Janie.M.Garcia@rice.edu
Fall 2015
Undergraduate Student Sarah Gerenday
sarah.p.gerenday@rice.edu

Faculty Helge Gonnermann

Associate Professor


Room Number: 219
(713) 348-6263
helge@rice.edu
website
Google Scholar Link

Keywords:

physical volcanology, fluid dynamics, geodynamics


Research Summary:

Helge is a fluid dynamicist who uses modeling, field observations, and analog laboratory experiments to develop quantitative models describing the movement of magmas and volcanic eruptions.

Ivy Gonzalez
ivyip@rice.edu

Faculty Richard G. Gordon

Keck Professor of Geophysics


Room Number: 225
(713) 348-5279
rgg@rice.edu
website
Google Scholar Link

Keywords:

tectonophysics, paleomagnetism, space geodesy, marine geophysics, geodynamics


Research Summary:

Richard investigates plate motion and deformation of the lithosphere through analysis of marine geophysical, paleomagnetic, and space geodetic data and through analytical, numerical, and laboratory modeling.

Adjunct Gary G. Gray
Room Number: 218
281-793-8203
ggg2@rice.edu
Instructor