Adrian Lenardic

Professor
Professor of Earth Science

portrait of Dr. Adrian Lenardic
  • B.A. (1986) University of Wisconsin at Madison
  • M.S. (1990) University of California at Los Angeles
  • Ph.D. (1995) University of California at Los Angeles
  • Planetary Science, Geodynamics, Geological Fluid Dynamics, Geothermics, Climate-Solid Planet Coupling, Mantle Processes

E-mail: ajns@rice.edu
Phone: (713) 348-4883
Office: 314 Keith-Wiess Geology Labs

Research Statement

My research involves geodynamical modeling applied to problems of coupled mantle flow, heat loss, and tectonics. A key focus is on understanding the coupling between mantle flow and continental dynamics, mainly through the use of numerical models. Examples include the use of heat flow data and numerical modeling to map the effects of continents on mantle heat loss; understanding how mantle stresses are transmitted through continental plates; modeling the structure of continental lithosphere using seismic and geochemical data as constraints; and work related to the broad issue of how continents interact with and alter large scale mantle convection. My interest in thermal/chemical convection has also taken my research efforts to studies of magma chamber evolution. Another key research focus is incorporating hydrosphere related process (e.g., erosion, water induced weakening of rocks) into models of coupled mantle flow and crustal deformation. My interest in the effects of water on the Earth's thermo-tectonic evolution has also lead me to explore how the lack of water may have effected the evolution of Venus and into problems of comparative planetology in general.

Teaching Areas

Introductory Earth Science, Geological and Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, GeoModeling

 

Selected Publications

Articles

Hoink, T., A. Lenardic, and M.A. Richards, Depth-dependent viscosity and mantle stress amplification: implications for the role of the asthenosphere in maintaining plate tectonics, Geophys. J. Int., 191, 30-41, doi:10.1111/j.1365-24X2012.o5621.x, 2012

Lee, C.T., B. Shen, B. Slotnick, K. Liao, G. Dickens, Y. Yokoyama, A. Lenardic, A., and 5 others, Continents-island arc fluctuations, growth of crustal carbonates, and long-term climate change, Geosphere, doi:10.1130/GES00822.1, 2012.

Lenardic, A., and J.W. Crowley, On the notion of well defined tectonic regimes for terrestrial planets in this solar system and in others, Astrophys. J., 755:132, doi:10.1088/0004-637X/755/2/132, 2012.

Weller, M., and A. Lenardic, Hysteresis in the mantle convection - plate tectonics system, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L10202, doi:10.1029/2012GL051232, 2012.

C. Sandu, A. Lenardic, C.O'Neill, and C.M. Cooper, Earth's evolving stress state and the past, present, and future stability of cratonic lithosphere, International Geology Review, doi:10.1080/00206814.2010.527672 , 2011.

C. Sandu, A. Lenardic, and P. McGovern, The effects of deep water cycling on planetary thermal evolution, J. Geophys. Res., 116, B12494, doi:10.1029/2011JB008405, 2011.

Hoink, T., A.M. Jellinek, and A. Lenardic, Asthenosphere drive: A wavelength-dependent plate-driving force from viscous coupling at the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst, 12, Q0AK02, doi:10.1029/2011GC003698, 2011.

Lenardic, A., C.M. Cooper, and L.-N. Moresi,A note on continents and the earth's Urey ratio, Phys. Earth Planet. Int., 188, 127-130, doi:10.1016/j.pepi2011.06.008, 2011.

Lenardic, A., L.-N. Moresi, A.M. Jellinek, C.O'Neill, C.M. Cooper, and C.T. Lee, Continents, super-continents, mantle thermal mixing, and mantle thermal isolation: theory, numerical simulations, and laboratory experiments, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst, 12, Q10016, doi:10.1029/2011GC003663, 2011.

Ahmed, O., and A. Lenardic "Low-viscosity channels and the stability of long wavelength convection."

C. Sandu, A. Lenardic, C.O'Neill, and C.M. Cooper "Earth's evolving stress state and the past, present, and future stability of cratonic lithosphere." In Press

Hoink, T., A. Lenardic, and M.A. Richards "Influence of the asthenosphere on the global tectonic style of a terrestrial planet." Submitted

Hoink, T., A.M. Jellinek, and A. Lenardic "Asthenosphere drive: A wavelength-dependent plate-driving force from viscous coupling at the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary." In Revision

Hoink, T., and A. Lenardic "Long wavelength convection, poiseuille-couette flow in the low-viscosity asthenosphere and the strength of plate margins."

O'Neill, C., A. Kobussen, and A. Lenardic "The mechanics of lithosphere-asthenosphere coupling."

O'Neill, C., A. Lenardic, T. Hoink, and N. Coltice "Divergent tectonic evolution of Venus and Earth from Ar degassing constraints." In Revision

Ahmed, O., and A. Lenardic "Low-viscosity channels and the stability of long wavelength convection." In Press

C. Sandu, A. Lenardic, C.O'Neill, and C.M. Cooper "Earth's evolving stress state and the past, present, and future stability of cratonic lithosphere." In Press

Hoink, T., A.M. Jellinek, and A. Lenardic "Viscous coupling at the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary and the wavelength of mantle convection." Submitted

Hoink, T., and A. Lenardic "Long wavelength convection, poiseuille-couette flow in the low-viscosity asthenosphere and the strength of plate margins."

Jellinek, A.M., and A. Lenardic "Effects of spatially varying roof cooling on Rayleigh-Benard convection in a fluid with temperature-dependent viscosity."

Lenardic, A., and A.M. Jellinek "Tails of two plume types in one mantle."

O'Neill, C., A. Kobussen, and A. Lenardic "The mechanics of lithosphere-asthenosphere coupling." Submitted

O'Neill, C., A. Lenardic, A.M. Jellinek, and L.-N. Moresi "Influence of supercontinents on deep mantle flow."

O'Neill, C., A. Lenardic, N. Coltice, and L. Moresi "Divergent tectonic evolution of Venus and Earth from Ar degassing constraints." In Revision

Book chapters

Smrekar, S., L. Elkins-Tanton, J. Leitner, A. Lenardic, S. Mackwell, L.-N. Moresi, C. Sotin, and E. Stofan "Tectonic and thermal evolution of Venus and the role of volatiles: Implications for understanding the terrestrial planets." Venus as a Terrestrial Planet (2007)

Cooper, C.M., A. Lenardic, A. Levander, and L.-N. Moresi "The creation of cratonic lithosphere: seismic constraints and geodynamic models." Archean Geodynamic Processes (2006) : 75-88.

Lenardic, A. "Continental growth and the archean paradox." Archean Geodynamic Processes (2006) : 33-46.

Levander, A., A. Lenardic, and K. Karlstrom "Structure of the continental crust." Evolution and Differentiation of the Continental Crust (2006) : Chptr 2

Other

Lenardic, A., and L-N. Moresi "Heat flux scalings for mantle convection below a conducting lid: resolving seemingly inconsistent modeling results regarding continental heat flow." Geophys. Res. Lett., 28 (2001) : 1311-1314.

Lenardic, A., L. Guillou-Frottier, J.-C. Mareschal, C. Jaupart, L.-N. Moresi, and W.M. Kaula "What the mantle sees: the effects of continents on mantle heat flow." The History and Dynamics of Global Plate Motions, AGU Press (2000) : 95-112.

Lenardic, A., L.-N. Moresi, and H. Muhlhaus "The role of mobile belts for the longevity of deep cratonic lithosphere: the crumple zone model." Geophys. Res. Lett., 27 (2000) : 1235-1238.

Lenardic, A., and L.-N. Moresi "A new class of equilibrium lithospheric geotherms." Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 176 (2000) : 331-338.

Lenardic, A., and L.-N. Moresi "Some thoughts on the stability of cratonic lithosphere: the effects of buoyancy and viscosity." J. Geophys. Res.-B, 104 (1999) : 12,747-12,758.

Moresi, L.-N., and A. Lenardic "Three-dimensional mantle convection with continental crust: first-generation numerical simulations." Earth Interactions, 3 (1999) : 002.

Refereed Articles

Hoink, T., C.T. Lee, J.C. Hawthorne, and A. Lenardic "Paleo-viscometry of magma chambers." Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 267 (2008) : 100-106.

Hoink, T., and A. Lenardic "Three-dimensional mantle convection simulations with a low-viscosity asthenosphere and the relationship between heat flow and the horizontal length scale of convection." Geophys. Res. Lett., 35 (2008)

Jellinek, A.M., and A. Lenardic "Effects of spatially varying roof cooling on Rayleigh-Benard convection in a fluid with temperature-dependent viscosity." J. Fluid Mech. (2008) In Revision

Lee, C.A., P. Luffi, T. Hoink, Z.A. Li, and A. Lenardic "The role of serpentine in preferential craton formation is the late Archean by lithosphere underthrusting." Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 269 (2008) : 96-104.

Lenardic, A., A.M. Jellinek, and L.-N. Moresi "A climate change induced transition in the tectonic style of a terrestrial planet." Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 271 (2008) : 34-42.

Lenardic, A., C.O'Neill, C. Sandu, and C.M. Cooper "Everything falls apart: Earth's evolving stress state and the past, present, and future stability of cratonic lithosphere." Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. (2--8) Submitted

Lenardic, A., and A.M. Jellinek "The tails of two plume types in one mantle." Geology (2008) In Press

Li, Z.A., C.A. Lee, A.H. Peslier, A. Lenardic, and S.J. Mackwell "Water contents in mantle xenoliths from the colorado plateau and vicinity: implications for the rheology and hydration-induced thinning of continental lithosphere." J. Geophys. Res. - Solid Earth, 113 (2008)

O'Neill, C., A. Lenardic, A.M. Jellinek, and L.-N. Moresi "Influence of supercontinents on deep mantle flow." Gondwana Research (2008) In Press

O'Neill, C., A. Lenardic, W.L. Griffin, and S. O'Reilly "Dynamics of cratons in an evolving mantle." Lithos, 102 (2008) : 12-24.

Lee, C.A., Q.-Z. Yin, A. Lenardic, A. Agranier, C.J. O'Neill, and N. Thiagarajan "Trace element composition of Fe-rich residual liquids formed by fractional crystallization: implications for the Hadean magma ocean,." Geochemica Cosmochemica Acta, 71 (2007) : 3601-3615.

O'Neill, C., A. Lenardic, A.M. Jellinek, and W. Kiefer "Martian volcanism and atmospheric evolution from mantle convection simulations." J. Geophys. Res. - Planets, 112 (2007) : E07003.

O'Neill, C., A. Lenardic, L.-N. Moresi, T. Torsvik, and C.A. Lee "Episodic precambrian subduction." Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 262 (2007) : 552-562.

O'Neill, C., A.M. Jellinek, and A. Lenardic "Conditions for the onset of plate tectonics on terrestrial planets and moons." Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 261 (2007) : 20-32.

O'Neill, C., and A. Lenardic "Geological consequences of super-sized earths." Geophys. Res. Lett., 34 (2007) : L19204.

Robin, C.M.I, A.M. Jellinek, V. Thayalan, V. and A. Lenardic "Transient regimes in Benard convection in a fluid with a temperature-dependent viscosity and imposed large-scale stirring: Applications to Venus." Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 256 (2007) : 100-119.

Busse, F.H., M.A. Richards, and A. Lenardic "A simple model of high Prandtl and high Rayleigh number convection bounded by thin low viscosity layers." Geophys. J. Int., 164 (2006) : 160-167.

Cooper, C.M., A. Lenardic, and L.-N. Moresi "Effects of continental insulation and the partioning of heat producing elements on the Earth's heat loss." Geophys. Res. Lett., 33 (2006) : 10.1029.

Lee, C.A., A. Lenardic, N. Thiagarajan, A. Agranier, C.J. O'Neill, and Q.-Z. Yin "Remnant iron oxide/sulfide mattes from a Hadean magma ocean at the core-mantle boundary: insights from a small scale post-Archean analog." Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. (2006) Submitted

Lenardic, A., A.M. Jellinek, and L.-N. Moresi "The potential of a climate change induced transition in the global tectonic style of a terrestrial planet." Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. (2006) Submitted

Lenardic, A., M.A. Richards, and F.H. Busse "Depth-dependent rheology and the horizontal length-scale of mantle convection." J. Geophys. Res., 111 (2006)

O'Neill, C., A. Lenardic, L.-N. Moresi, T. Torsvik, and C.A. Lee "Episodic precambrian subduction." Nature (2006) Submitted

Thayalan, V., A.M. Jellinek, and A. Lenardic "Recycling the lid: Effects of subduction and stirring on lower boundary layer dynamics in bottom-heated planetary mantle convection." Geophys. Res. Lett., 33 (2006) : L20318.

Lee, C.A., A. Lenardic, C.M. Cooper, F. Niu, and A. Levander "The role of chemical boundary layers in regulating the thickness of continental and oceanic thermal boundary layers." Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 230 (2005) : 379-395.

Lenardic, A., L.-N. Moresi, A.M. Jellinek, and M. Manga "Continental insulation, mantle cooling, and the surface area of oceans and continents." Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 234 (2005) : 317-333.

O'Neill, C., L.-N. Moresi, and A. Lenardic "Growth of crustal units on Mars and Earth: effects of depletion and insulation." Geophys. Res. Lett., 32 (2005) : 10.1029/2005GL022855.

Cooper, C.M., A. Lenardic, and L.-N. Moresi "The thermal structure of stable continental lithosphere within a dynamic mantle." Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 222 (2004) : 807-817.

Lenardic, A., F.Nimmo, and L.-N. Moresi "Growth of the hemispheric dichotomy and the cessation of plate tectonics on Mars." J. Geophys. Res., 109 (2004) : 10.1029/2003JE002172.

Niu, F., A. Levander, C.M. Cooper, C.A., Lee, A. Lenardic, and D.E. James "Seismic constraints on the depth and composition of the mantle keel beneath the Kaapvaal craton." Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 224 (2004) : 337-346.

Lenardic, A., L.-N. Moresi, and H. Muhlhaus "Longevity and stability of cratonic lithosphere: insights from numerical simulations of coupled mantle convection and continental tectonic." J. Geophys. Res. - Solid Earth, 108 (2003)

Lenardic, A., and L.-N. Moresi "Thermal convection below a conducting lid of variable extent: heat flow scalings and two-dimensional, infinite Prandtl number numerical simulations." Phys. Fluids, 15 (2003) : 455-466.

O'Neill, C., L.-N. Moresi, A. Lenardic, and C.M. Cooper "Inferences on Australias heat flow and thermal structure from mantle convection modelling results." The Australian Plate, Geological Society of Australia Special Publication, 22 (2003)

Jellinek, A.M., Lenardic, A. and M. Manga "The influence of interior mantle temperature on the structure of plumes: heads for Venus tails for Earth." Geophys. Res. Lett., 29 (2002) : 10.1029.

Presentations

Invited Talks

From geo-modelling to lecture demonstrations to poster carnivals to science-art crossovers to children's museum exhibits to sports science education to some skateboarding experiments for good measure AGU fall meeting

The asthenosphere and mantle dynamics AGU fall meeting

"Hoink, T., A. Lenardic, and M.A. Richards, Influence of the asthenosphere on the global tectonic style of a terrestrial planet."

"Hoink, T., C.J. O'Neill, and A. Lenardic, Pace of tectonic modes on Venus and Earth and the implications for atmospheric argon."

"Lenardic, A., A.M. Jellinek, C. O'Neill, C.M. Cooper, L. Moresi, and C.A. Lee, Continents, supercontinents, mantle thermal mixing, and mantle thermal isolation ."

"O'Neill, C., and A. Lenardic, Stopping the palaeoproterozoic plate tectonic machine: effects on melt production from 3D mantle convection simulations."

"The role of lithosphere-asthenosphere interactions in global mantle dynamics."

"Coupling the volcanic and atmospheric evolution of Earth and Venus to their long-term tectonic state." AGU Fall Meeting, (Dec 2008) With O'Neill, C.

"Mantle episodicity from within and from above." AGU Fall Meeting, (Dec 2008) With C. O'Neill, A.M. Jellinek, and L. Moresi

"Forty-Sixty and The Earth's Heat Loss." Columbia University,

"Forty-Sixty and The Earth's Heat Loss." University of Texas,

"Forty-Sixty and The Earth's Heat Loss." Harvard University,

Co-Author. "Effects of the asthenosphere on mantle convection." Mantle Convection Workshop, Boulder. (2005) With Richards, M.A., and F. Busse

Co-Author. "Growth of crustal units on Mars and Earth: effects of depletion and insulation." AGU spring meeting, New Orleans. (2005) With O'Neill, C., and L.-N. Moresi

Co-Author. "The creation of cratonic lithosphere by thrust stacking: constraints on proto-cratonic lithosphere from seismology, geodynamics, and geochemistry." AGU fall meeting, San Francisco. (2005) With Cooper, C.M., A. Levander, and L.-N. Moresi

Lead Author and Presenter. "The surface area of oceans and continents and the cooling of the Earth." AGU fall meeting, San Francisco. (2005) With L.-N. Moresi, A.M. Jellinek, M. Manga, and C.M. Cooper

Co-Author. "Transition metal evidence for coherent sections of recycled oceanic lithosphere in hotspot source regions: implications for the origins of hotspot magmatism." AGU spring meeting, New Orleans. (2005) With Lee, C.A., and Z.A. Li

Co-Author. "Water delivery by subducting slabs: does flat mean more ?." GSA annual meeting, Denver. (2005) With Sommer, H., C. O'Neill, and C.A. Lee

Co-Author. "Broad constraints on continental rheology from coupled thermal-mechanical models of crust, lithosphere and mantle." AGU spring meeting, Montreal. (May 2004) With Moresi, L.-N.

Lead Author and Presenter. "Continental growth, the archean paradox, and the global heat flow paradox." AGU spring meeting, Montreal. (May 2004) With L.-N. Moresi, A.M. Jellinek, and M. Manga

Sole Author and Presenter. "Demonstrations in Earth Science Curriculum and Answering the Question of What Do Earth Science Professors Do With Their Time." Houston Independent School District Teacher Training Seminar, Houston. (July 2004)

Sole Author and Presenter. "Forty-Sixty and the Earth's Heat Loss." Scripps Institute of Oceanography, IGPP Departmental Seminar, San Diego. (April 2004)

Sole Author and Presenter. "Popoular Music and Culture in the 1980's." University of Houston, World Music Class, Quest Lecturer, Houston. (May 2004)

Lead Presenter. "An explanation for the surface area of continents versus oceans." AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco. (Dec 8-12, 2003) With L.-N. Moresi, A.M. Jellinek, and M. Manga

"The stability of a visco-plastic chemical boundary layer above a convecting mantle." AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco. (Dec 8 -12, 2003) With Cooper, C.M. and L.-N. Moresi

"Towards a physical understanding of the effects of depth-dependent rheology on mantle convection." AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco. (Dec 8-12, 2003) With Richards, M.A., S. Morris, and F. Busse

"The essence of a craton." University of Texas at Austin, Department of Geology, University of Texas at Austin. (Oct. 2002)

Lead Presenter. "The longevity and stability of cratonic lithosphere: insights from numerical simulations of coupled mantle convection and continental tectonics." American Geophysical Unioun Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA. (Dec. 2002) With L. Moresi

Keynote Speaker

"The stressful birth, long boring life, and liquid induced demise of cratonic lithosphere." Gordon Research Conference on the Interior of the Earth,

"Making, Keeping, and Maybe Even Losing Ancient Continental Lithosphere,." Goldschmidt Conference,

Lead Author and Presenter. "Cooling the Earth." Gordon Research Conference on the Interior of the Earth, Boston. (2005)

Lead Author and Presenter. "The Cooling Efficiency of Thermal Convection: Counterintuative Examples with Application to the Solid Earth." Australian Institute of Physics, 16th National Congress, Canberra. (2005)

Lectures

Making, Keeping, and Maybe Even Losing Ancient Continental Lithosphere, International Conference on Craton Formation and Destruction, Bejing, China

Plate Tectonics in Time and Space, University of Northern Illinois

The Earth's Deep Volatile Cycle, Gordon Research Conference on the Interior of the Earth

"Paleo-Viscometry of magma bodies." GSA annual meeting, (2008) With Hoink, T., C.T. Lee, J.C. Hawthorne

"Poiseuille-Couette flow in low-viscosity asthenopshere." AGU Fall Meeting, (Dec 2008) With Hoink, T.

"Connecting top to bottom: the relationship between tectonic plates and mantle plumes." AGU spring meeting, With A.M. Jellinek, C.M.I. Robin, and V. Thayalan

"Earth's evolving stress state and the fate of continental cratons: everything falls apart." AGU fall meeting,

"Episodic precambriam subduction." AGU spring meeting, With O'Neill, C, L.-N. Moresi, T. Torsvik, and C.A. Lee

"Modeling coupled mantle convection and continental tectonics." AGU spring meeting, With Moresi, L.-N., H. Mulhaus

"Recycling of mafic lithologies during continent formation." AGU fall meeting, With Lee, C.-T. A., T. Hoink, P. Luffi, and D.L. Anderson

"The goldilocks problem of making cratons." AGU fall meeting, With Lee, C.A., P. Luffi, T. Hoink, Z.A. Li

"Water contents in mantle xenoliths from the Colorado Plateau and vicinity: implications for hydration-induced lithospheric thinning." AGU fall meeting, With Li, Z. A., C.-T. Lee, A.H. Peslier, S.J. Mackwell

Co-Author. "A curious coincidence between theoretically optimal insulation and the areal extent of continents on the Earth." White Conference on Planetary Timescales, Canberra, Australia. (Feb 2004) With Moresi, L.-N., A.M. Jellinek, and M. Manga

Lead Author and Presenter. "Continental insulation, mantle cooling, and the surface area of oceans and continents." AGU fall meeting, San Francisco. (Dec 2004) With L.-N. Moresi, A.M. Jellinek, and M. Manga

Co-Author. "Crustal thickening above a convecting mantle with application to venus and mars." Lun. Plan. Sci. Conference, 35, Houston. (March 2004) With Cooper, C.M., L.-N. Moresi, and F. Nimmo

Lead Author and Presenter. "Depth-dependent rheology and the wavelength of mantle convection with application to Mars." Workshop on the Martian Hemispheric Dichotomy, Houston. (Sept 2004) With M.A. Richards, F.H. Busse, and S.J.S. Morris

Co-Author. "Effects of a low viscosity zone on plate tectonics and mantle convection in the terrestrial planets: a physical theory and numerical experiments." AGU fall meeting, San Francisco. (Dec 2004) With Richards, M.A. and F. Busse

Co-Author. "Is water an important parameter in understanding the chemical and geodynamic evolution of the mantle." AGU fall meeting, San Francisco. (Dec 2004) With Lee, C.A. and Z.A. Li

Co-Author. "Recycling the lid: the influence of subduction and stirring on convection in a fluid with temperature-dependent viscosity with applications to planetary mantle convection." AGU fall meeting, San Francisco. (Dec 2004) With Thayalan, V., and A.M. Jellinek

Co-Author. "Seismic constraints on the depth and composition of the mantle keel beneath the kaapvaal craton." AGU spring meeting, Montreal. (May 2004) With Niu, F., A. Levander, C.M. Cooper, C.A., Lee, and D.E. James

Lead Author and Presenter. "The effects of the hemispheric dichotomy on the thermal and magmatic history of Mars." AGU spring meeting, Montreal. (May 2004) With M. Collier, F. Nimmo, and L.-N. Moresi

Co-Author. "The role of chemical boundary layers in regulating the thermal thickness of continents and oceans." GSA annual meeting, Denver. (Nov 2004) With Lee, C.A., C.M. Cooper, Niu, F., and A. Levander

Other

"Incorporating continents into a theory of the earth's heat loss." American Geophysical Union 2001 Fall Meeting, San Francisco CA. (December 2001) With C.M. Cooper and L.-N. Moresi

"The essence of a craton." American Geophysical Union Chapman Conference on Exploration Geodynamics, Perth, Australia. (September 2001) With L.-N. Moresi and H. Muhlhaus

"The essence of a craton." University of Houston, Department of Geosciences Departmental Seminar, Houston, TX. (November 2001)

"The thermal structure of continents: a self-consistent modeling approach." American Geophysical Union Chapman Conference on Exploration Geodynamics, Perth, Australia. (September 2001) With C.M. Cooper, L.-N. Moresi, and H. Muhlhaus

"What makes a craton a craton." American Geophysical Union 2001 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA. (December 2001) With L.-N. Moresi and H. Muhlhaus

"Coupled mantle convection and crustal deformation/continental tectonics: from venus to earth and back again." Amercian Geophysical Union 2000 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA. (December 2000) With L.-N. Moresi, H. Muhlhaus

"Cratons, continental keels, and a convecting mantle." Scripps Institute of Oceanography, IGPP Departmental Seminar, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, San Diego, CA. (March 2000)

"Cratons, continental keels, and a convecting mantle." Dalhousie University, Department of Oceanography Departmental Seminar, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada. (October 2000)

"Cratons, continental keels, and a convecting mantle." Texas A&M University, Department of Geology and Geophysics Departmental Seminar, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. (September 2000)

"The essence of a craton: is it deep or is it shallow." American Geophysical Union 2000 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA. (December 2000) With L.-N. Moresi, H. Muhlhaus

"Deep Earth structure, mantle convection, and USArray." USArray Workshop, Albuquerque, NM. (March 1999) With M. Gurnis

"The role of mobile belts for the longevity of deep cratonic lithosphere: the crumple zone model." American Geophysical Union 1999 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA. (December 1999) With L.-N. Moresi and H. Muhlhaus

"Toward fully self-consistent modeling of average continental geotherms." American Geophysical Union 1999 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA. (December 1999) With L.-N. Moresi

Posters

The effects of size, configuration and distribution of continents on the efficiency of heat transport AGU, fall meeting

"Cooper, C.M., A. Lenardic and L. Moresi, Cratons' birth, quiescence, and demise over Earth's history."

"Hoink, T., A. Lenardic, and M. Richards, Depth dependent viscosity, the asthenosphere, and the global tectonic style of a terrestrial planet."

"Moresi, L., C.M. Cooper, and A. Lenardic, Heat flow partioning between continents and oceans - from 2D to 3D."

"Towards high-resolution mantle convection simulations."

"Low-viscosity channels and the stability of long wavelength convection." AGU Fall Meeting, (Dec 2008) With Ahmed, O.

"Mantle convection, plate tectonics, and the asthenosphere: a bootstrap model of the earth's internal dynamics." AGU Fall Meeting, (Dec 2008) With T. Hoink

"The effects of volatile content of the mantle on planetary thermal evolution." GSA annual meeting, (2008) With Sandu, C.

"Volatile cycling and planetary evolution." AGU Fall Meeting, (Dec 2008) With Sandu, C.

"Influence of rheology on the lengthscale of mantle convection." AGU fall meeting suppl, With Hoink, T.

"The effects of volatile cycling on planetary thermal evolution." AGU fall meeting, With Sandu, C.

"The geodynamics of super-sized earths." AGU fall meeting, With O'Neill, C.

"Climate change and the mode of mantle convection on venus." Chapman Conference on Exploring Venus as a Terrestrial Planet, With A.M. Jellinek, and L.-N. Moresi

"The art and science of demonstrating deep time." AGU, fall meeting,

Lead Author. "A Potential strong connection between climate change and the solid body dynamics of terrestrial planets." AGU fall meeting, San Francisco. (2005) With A.M. Jellinek, and L.-N. Moresi

Co-Author. "Episodic precambriam subduction." AGU fall meeting, San Francisco. (2005) With O'Neill, C., L.-N. Moresi, T. Torsvik, and C.A. Lee

Co-Author. "The asthenosphere and the horizontal length-scale of mantle convection." AGU fall meeting, San Francisco. (2005) With Richards, M.A., and F. Busse

Co-Author. "The conditions for plate tectonics: what went wrong everywhere else." AGU fall meeting, San Francisco. (2005) With Jellinek, A.M., and C. O'Neill

Lead author. "The kitchen sink and the professors drawer." AGU fall meeting, San Francisco. (2005)

Co-Author. "Cratons are from Earth, tessera are from Venus." AGU fall meeting, San Francisco. (Dec 2004) With Cooper, C.M. and L.-N. Moresi

Lead Author. "Growth of the hemispheric dichotomy and the cessation of plate tectonics on mars." White Conference on Planetary Timescales, Canberra, Australia. (Feb 2004) With F. Nimmo, and L.-N. Moresi

Lead Author. "Growth of the hemispheric dichotomy and the cessation of plate tectonics on mars." Lun. Plan. Sci. Conferenece, 35, Houston. (March 2004) With M. Collier, F. Nimmo, and L.-N. Moresi

Co-Author. "On the possible role of chemical boundary layers in regulating the thermal thickness of continents and oceans." AGU spring meeting, Montreal. (May 2004) With Lee, C.A., C.M. Cooper, Niu, F., and A. Levander

Sole Author. "Pulling People into your Poster with a Little Provocation: An Example Using The Cooling Efficiency of Thermal Convection." AGU fall meeting, San Francisco. (Dec 2004)

Co-Author. "Thrust stacking and the creation and preservation of cratonic lithosphere." AGU fall meeting, San Francisco. (Dec 2004) With Cooper, C.M. and L.-N. Moresi

"The feedback between planetary evolution, melt production and tectonic regimes." AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco. (Dec 8-12, 2003) With Collier, M., C. O'Neill, and L.-N. Moresi

Lead Presenter. "Heat flow scaling for mantle convection with continents and preliminary application to continental growth." American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA. (Dec. 2002) With L. Moresi

Co-Presenter. "The thermal structure of stable continental lithosphere within a dynamic mantle." American Geophysical Unioun Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA. (Dec. 2002) With C.M. Cooper, L. Moresi

Seminar Speaker

"Plate Tectonics in Time and Space, Zatman Memorial Lecture, Washington University, St. Louis,."

"Plate Tectonics in Time and Space, Aggassiz Lecture, Harvard University."

"Plate Tectonics in Time and Space."

"Forty-Sixty and The Earth's Heat Loss." University of Minnesota,

"Effects of continental insulation and the partioning of heat producing elements on the Earth's heat loss." AGU, fall meeting, With Cooper, C.M., and L.-N. Moresi

"Episodic precambriam subduction." Goldschmidt Conference, With O'Neill, C., L.-N. Moresi, T. Torsvik, and C.A. Lee

"Remnant iron oxide/sulfide mattes from a Hadean magma ocean at the core-mantle boundary: insights from a small scale post-Archean analog." Goldschmidt Conference, With Lee, C.A., N. Thiagarajan, A. Agranier, C.J. O'Neill, and Q.-Z. Yin

"The effect of continental growth on the thermal evolution of the Earth." AGU, fall meeting, With Woods, S.

"The potential of a climate change induced transition in the global tectonic style of a terrestrial planet." AGU, fall meeting, With A.M. Jellinek, and L.-N. Moresi

Presenter. "Channeling The Mantle: The Effects of Depth-Dependent Viscosity on The Wavelength of Thermal Convection." Stanford University Department of Geophysics Seminar, (2005)

Presenter. "Forty-Sixty and The Earth's Heat Loss." Stanford University Departments of Geology and Geophysics Joint Seminar, (2005)

Presenter. "Forty-Sixty and The Earth's Heat Loss." University of British Columbia Earth and Ocean Sciences Departmental Seminar, (2005)

Editorial Positions

Member of the Editorial Board, Tectonophysics.

Member of the Editorial Board, Tectonophysics. Elsevier.

Member of the Editorial Board, Tectonophysics. (2006)

Associate Editor, JGR-Solid Earth. AGU. (Oct., 1999 - Present)

Assistant Editor, J. Geophys. Res. - Solid Earth. (Oct., 1999 - Oct 2004)

Associate Editor, Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth. American Geophysical Union. (1999)

Guest Editor, G3 Special Volume on Thermal-Chemical Convection. American Geophysical Union. (2000 - 2000)

Supervised Theses & Dissertations

Jimmy Jones, Masters The Thermal/Chemical Evolution of Venus. (2003) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

Catherine Cooper, PhD The Thermal & Mechanical Structures of Continents within a Dynamic Mantle. (2003) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

David L. Andrews, M.S. Revised Estimates and Uncertainties of Motion between Hotspots: Implications for the Global Plate Circuit. (2004) (Committee Member)

Alexander Ray Simms, Ph.D. Late Quaternary/Holocene Evolution of the Nueces Incised Valley, Central Texas. (2005) (Committee Member)

Catherine Cooper, Ph.D. The Thermal and Mechanical Structure of Stable Continental Lithosphere within a Dynamic Mantle. (2005) (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

Kartik Mutnuri, M.S. Diffuse Oceanic Plate Boundaries: Kinematic Observations and Dynamic Constraints. (2005) (Committee Member)

Alexander Ray Simms, Doctor Of Philosophy Late Quaternary/Holocene Evolution of the Nueces Incised Valley, Central Texas. (2006) (Committee Member)

Kartick Mutnuri, Master of Science Diffuse Oceanic Plate Boundaries; Kinematic Observations and Dynamic Constraints. (2006) (Committee Member)

Yonggui Guo, Doctor Of Philosophy Study of Fault Gouge Influences on Mechanical and Frictional Behavior of Granular Shear Zones Using the Distinct Element Method. (2006) (Committee Member)

Ravi Ranjan Kumar, Master of Science Horizontal Thermal Contractional Strain of Oceanic Lithosphere: The Ultimate Limit to the Rigid Plate Hypothesis. (2006) (Committee Member)

Catherine Cooper, PhD The Structure of Continental Lithosphere. (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

Jimmy Jones, Masters The Thermal/Chemical Evolution of Venus. (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

Awards, Prizes & Fellowships

Agassiz Visiting Lecturer, Harvard University

City of Houston Annual Art Car Parade First Prize, Musical Catagory, The Orange Show (2005)

Faculty Early Career Development Award, National Science Foundation (2005)

Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Prize for Most Effective Teacher Among Assistant Professors at Rice University, Phi Beta Kappa (2005)

City of Houston Annual Art Car Parade First Prize, Musical Catagory, The Orange Show (2004)

Finalist for Most Effective Teacher Among Assistant Professors at Rice Univeristy, Phi Beta Kappa (2002/2003)

Organizing Committee Member, AGU Chapman Conference, "Exploration Geodynamics", (August 2001)

Convener, AGU 1999 Fall Meeting Special Session in Tectonophysics "Thermochemical Convection in the Solid Earth and Terrestrial Planets: From Modeling to Applications", American Geophysical Union (December 1999)

Positions Held

Steering Committee Member, NASA Venus Exploration Analysis Group.

Chair, AGU Studies of the Earth's Deep Interior.

Advisor, The Children's Museum of Houston - Water Exhibit.

Vice Chair, Studies of the Earth's Deep Interior, AGU.

Science Advisor, The Children's Museum of Houston - Water Exhibit.

Steering Committee Member, NASA. (2006 - Present)

Advisor, Children's Museum of Houston. (2006 - Present)

Co-Chair, AGU Fall Meeting Program Committee, American Geophysical Unioun. (2002 - 2003)

NASA Planetary Geology and Geophysics Review Panel Member, NASA. (2002 - 2002)

Associate Editor of JGR-Solid Earth, American Geophysical Unioun. (1999 - 2005)