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Kyusei Tsuno

Research Scientist/Lab Manager

Room Number: 222
(713) 348-5098


Experimental petrology, Earth's deep interior, Deep volatiles cycling, Earth's and Planetary differentiation

Angela N. Seligman

Stable Isotope Lab Manager

Room Number: 330B
(713) 348-4054
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isotope geochemistry, mass spectrometry, volcanology, paleoclimatology, analytical technique and method development, aqueous geochemistry

Xiaodong Gao
Room Number: 201
(713) 348-4114


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

Gelu Costin


Room Number: 329
713 348 2054
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EPMA, Mineralogy, Thermodynamic modelling, Mantle petrology, Eclogites, Bushveld Complex

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Mineralogy, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology (basic layered intrusions, mantle petrology and geochemistry, kimberlites, orogenic eclogites)

Min Chen

Research Scientist

Room Number: 318
(713) 348-2515


Geophysics, full waveform tomography, ambient noise, earthquakes, tectonics, lithospheric structure, mantle melt

Research Summary:

Seismic tomography of the crust and the upper mantle. Interpretations of seismic images regarding the formation of tectonic units such as plateaus, basins, and orogens.

Lin Boynton

Research Assistant
Research Summary:

Using synthetic biology to develop a microbial biosensor for use in soil systems.