Melodie E. French

Assistant Professor


Room Number: 203
(713) 348-5088
mefrench@rice.edu
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Education

Ph.D. Texas A&M University (2014)
M.S. University of Wisconsin - Madison (2009)
B.A. Oberlin College (2006)

Awards & Honors

EarthScope Speaker Series (2015-2016)
National Science Foundation EAR Postdoctoral Fellowship (2015-2017)
Outstanding Student Paper Award, AGU fall meeting (2008)

Keywords

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

Selected Publications

French, M. E., W. Zhu, and J. Banker (2016), Fault slip controlled by stress path and fluid pressurization rate, Geophys. Res. Lett., 43, 4330–4339, doi:10.1002/2016GL068893.

French, M. E., F. M. Chester, J. S. Chester, and J. E. Wilson (2016), Stress-dependent transport properties of fractured arkosic sandstone, in press for Geofluids, doi: 10.1111/gfl.12174.

French, M. E., F. M. Chester and J. S. Chester (2015), Micromechanisms of creep in clay-rich gouge from the Central Deforming Zone of the San Andreas Fault. J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 120:827–849. doi: 10.1002/2014JB011496.

Coble, C. G, M. E. French, F. M. Chester, J. S. Chester, H. Kitajima (2014), In situ frictional properties of San Andreas Fault gouge at SAFOD, Geophys. J. Int., 199 (2), doi:10.1093/gji/ggu306.

French, M. E., H. Kitajima, J. S. Chester, F. M. Chester, and T. Hirose (2014), Displacement and dynamic weakening processes in smectite-rich gouge from the Central Deforming Zone of the San Andreas Fault, J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 119, doi:10.1002/2013JB010757.

French, M. E., D. F. Boutt, and L. B. Goodwin (2012), Sample dilation and fracture in response to high pore fluid pressure and strain rate in quartz-rich sandstone and siltstone, J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 117, doi:10.1029/2011JB008707.