Room Number: 325
Mantle Geochemistry, Isotopes, Anatexis
I am working on the Cenozoic basalts from eastern China and peritectic garnet from southeastern Spain.
Room Number: Room 320
Room Number: 318
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Earth’s interior, transition zone, D”, mantle deformation, seismic tomography, seismic anisotropy, mantle, inner core, forward modeling, surface waves, free oscillations, lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary, mantle flow, inverse problems
I focus on modeling Earth’s interior using seismic tomography, i.e. I use seismic data and numerical methods to image the structure of the Earth’s interior, with the ultimate goal of understanding the physical processes that take place inside our planet. I also put a particular effort into obtaining reliable model uncertainties and assessing the robustness of the features seen in those models.
Started Fall 2015
|Thesis Masters Student||Heath
Sedimentology, Upper Cambrian, Microbial Bioherm, Andre Droxler
My current research focuses on the characterization of Upper Cambrian microbial reefs of Mason County, central Texas exposed along certain bodies of water. This project is part of a Microbial Research Consortium consisting of Rice and Trinity University with funding and interaction from Stat Oil, Shell, Exxon, and Conoco Phillips. This research consists of reservoir analysis of the microbial reef complex acting as an analog to large offshore discoveries of pre-salt hydrocarbon deposits of Angola and Brazil.
|Thesis Masters Student||Gary
Room Number: KWG 305
geophysics, seismology, Galicia, tectonics, extension, passive margins
The W coast of the Iberian Peninsula is a classic magma-poor rifted margin, where slow crustal hyperextension allowed rising mantle to cool/harden instead of melting. A long, margin-parallel Peridotite Ridge (PR) separates the final prerift material from this trans. zone of exhumed mantle. The PR has been dredged, drilled, and imaged in 2D for over 40 years, but new 3D seismic finally reveals its inner structure and evolution.
|Thesis Masters Student||Tamunoisoala
Room Number: 210 KWG Labs
discrete element model, fractures, microstructural evolution
My research focus is on numerical simulations of biaxial experiments using a discrete element model. I hope to understand the microstructural evolution in rocks from fracture initiation to failure and beyond.
|Thesis Masters Student||William
Room Number: KWGL 232B
Particle-based modeling, numerical modeling, tectonics, geomorphology, surface processes, landscape evolution
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.
|Thesis Masters Student||Yen
Room Number: KWGL 320
|Thesis Masters Student||Wey Yi
Room Number: RM212
Structural geology; Geomechanics; Offshore Margins; Forearc evolution; Seismotectonics; Marine geology & geophysics
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.
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