Hot spot at Hawaii? Not so fast

MIKE WILLIAMS – AUGUST 18, 2017 Hot spot at Hawaii? Not so fast Rice University scientists’ model shows global mantle plumes don’t move as quickly as thought HOUSTON – (Aug. 18, 2017) – Through analysis of volcanic tracks, Rice University geophysicists have concluded that hot spots like those that formed the Hawaiian Islands aren’t moving as […]

Data mining finds more than expected beneath Andean Plateau

JADE BOYD – AUGUST 23, 2017 Seismic data suggests means of producing massive volumes of continental crust Seismologists investigating how Earth forms new continental crust have compiled more than 20 years of seismic data from a wide swath of South America’s Andean Plateau and determined that processes there have produced far more continental rock than previously […]

Hidden river once flowed beneath Antarctic ice

Rice U. study: Flowing water influenced retreat of ancient Antarctic ice sheet JADE BOYD AUGUST 21, 2017 Antarctic researchers from Rice University have discovered one of nature’s supreme ironies: On Earth’s driest, coldest continent, where surface water rarely exists, flowing liquid water below the ice appears to play a pivotal role in determining the fate […]

New plate adds plot twist to ancient tectonic tale

Rice University scientists say Malpelo microplate helps resolve geological misfit under Pacific Ocean By Mike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.edu HOUSTON – (Aug. 14, 2017) – A microplate discovered off the west coast of Ecuador adds another piece to Earth’s tectonic puzzle, according to Rice University scientists. Researchers led by Rice geophysicist Richard Gordon discovered the microplate, which they have named […]

Glaciers may have helped warm Earth

Glaciers may have helped warm Earth MIKE WILLIAMS July 31, 2017 Rice professor’s study details effect of glacial versus nonglacial weathering on carbon cycle It seems counterintuitive, but over the eons, glaciers may have made Earth warmer, according to a Rice University professor. Weathering of Earth by glaciers may have warmed Earth over eons by […]

Biochar could clear the air in more ways than one

New research by Professor Carrie Masiello’s Post-Doctoral Fellow Ghasideh Pourhashem is highlighted.   “I really like her team’s work because it models a couple of important parts of environmental science – the fundamental team nature of problem-solving (her team’s work required integrating soil science, air quality, and health economics), and then also the idea that addressing […]

Zealandia should hold answers about tectonics and past climate

Zealandia should hold answers about tectonics, past climate JADE BOYD – JULY 18, 2017 Scientific expedition will explore Tasman Sea for clues about submerged continent Thirty scientists will sail from Australia July 27 on a two-month ocean drilling expedition to the submerged continent of Zealandia in search of clues about its history, which relates to […]

Seismic CT scan points to rapid uplift of Southern Tibet

  JUNE 7, 2017 By Jade Boyd Tomographic model indicates Southern Tibet formed within 10 million years   HOUSTON — (June 7, 2017) — Using seismic data and supercomputers, Rice University geophysicists have conducted a massive seismic CT scan of the upper mantle beneath the Tibetan Plateau and concluded that the southern half of the “Roof […]

Nittrouer and Ma featured in New York Times Science News

From June 6-Dateline Rice: A new formula to help tame China’s Yellow River  Jeffrey Nittrouer, assistant professor of Earth science, and postdoctoral research associate Hongbo Ma are highlighted in the New York Times, Science news. U.S. and Chinese geologists studying China’s Yellow River have created a new tool that could help Chinese officials better predict […]

Carrie Masiello- 2017 Geological Society of America Fellow

Society Fellowship is an honor bestowed on the best of our profession by election at the spring GSA Council meeting. GSA members are nominated by existing GSA Fellows in recognition of their distinguished contributions to the geosciences through such avenues as publications, applied research, teaching, administration of geological programs, contributing to the public awareness of geology, […]

Jeffrey Nittrouer and Hongbo Ma -Yellow River research highlighted in China Daily

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2017-05/23/content_29466587.htm  

Audrey Odwuor, an Earth Science graduating senior, receives the 2017 Dr. Mae C. Jemison Award for Academic Achievement and Public Service

Deep Subduction of Organic Carbon Helped Atmospheric Oxygen Rise

Study: Early organic carbon got deep burial in mantle JADE BOYD – APRIL 25, 2017 Petrology experiments support tectonic role in Earth’s ‘great oxidation event’ Rice University petrologists who recreated hot, high-pressure conditions from 60 miles below Earth’s surface have found a new clue about a crucial event in the planet’s deep past. Earth’s atmosphere, […]

Cin-Ty Lee- 2017 Guggenheim Fellow

Rice’s Cin-Ty Lee wins Guggenheim Fellowship JADE BOYD – APRIL 7, 2017 Earth scientist will study how and when continents emerged from oceans Rice University Earth scientist Cin-Ty Lee has won a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship to investigate how and when continents emerged from the oceans and the effect of their emergence on the evolution of whole-Earth […]

Dr. Albert Bally awarded a Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Fribourg (Switzerland)

Rice wins 1st Place Poster at AAPG Student Expo 2016

Pankaj Khanna, PhD Candidate, won the 1st Place Poster award at the AAPG Student Expo, Houston 2016. Poster title – ‘ Uppermost Pleistocene coralgal Reefs and Upper Cambrian microbial bioherms: Morphologies and sea-level induced evolution’   Poster Awards, 1st Place: Pankaj Khanna – "Uppermost Pleistocene coralgal reefs and Upper Cambrian microbial reefs: Morphologies and…" — […]

Earth Science Students Participate in Rice University’s 90 Second Thesis Competition

The Earth Science Ph.D. program fielded its first team of student participants in the university-wide 90 second thesis competition this spring.  Students Tamunoisoala LongJohn, Harsha Vora, Tuo Zhang, Zuolin Liu, and Lacey Pyle had 90 seconds to describe their Ph.D. thesis topics to a diverse panel of judges.  Follow this link here to see their […]

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Janne Blichert-Toft elected as member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters

Janne Blichert-Toft, one of our permanent Wiess visiting scientists, was elected as a member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters.  This is the highest distinction for a scientist in Denmark.  Janne’s primary home is at the Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon in France.  She is one of the most highly cited high […]

Rice students win coveted Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation

Every year, the National Science Foundation awards Graduate Research Fellowships to senior undergrads and beginning graduate students.  These prestigious awards provide full funding for graduate school in the fields of science, mathematics and engineering.  They are one of the most coveted awards for a young scientist.  This year, two of our current students and two […]

New Field Emission Electron Probe MicroAnalyzer installed at Keith-Wiess Geological Laboratory

New Field Emission EPMA in Rice News: “New tool probes deep into minerals and more” EPMA Lab Web page: EPMA Laboratory

IRESS Student Poster Prize Winners

  IRESS 2016 included posters presentations by 24 Earth Science students. Poster awards were presented to Brian Demet (honorable mention), Daniel Woodworth (3rd prize), Pankaj Khanna (1st prize), Monica Erdman (2nd prize), and Jie Hou (honorable mention, not in photo). Photo by Gary Linkevich.

Laurence Yeung wins 2016 F. W. Clarke award from the Geochemical Society

Laurence Yeung, assistant professor of Earth Science, will be awarded the F. W. Clarke medal from the Geochemical Society at this year’s V. M. Goldschmidt meeting in Yokohama, Japan. The award is named after Frank Wigglesworth Clarke, who determined the composition of the Earth’s crust and is considered by many to be the father of […]

Mini-flume landslide experiments

In a collaboration with Chris Paola at the University of Minnesota St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, Brandon Dugan is adding a mini-flume to Rice Geotechnical Lab. Benchtop landslide experiments starting soon.

Jie Hou – 2014 SEG Best Paper Presentation

Congratulations to grad student Jie Hou for receiving the 2014 Society of Exploration Geophysicists Best Paper Presentation! Jie Hou below with his adviser Bill Symes.

Matt Weller – AGU SEDI – Graduate Research Award 2015

Matthew Weller will receive the 2015 Study of the Earth’s Deep Interior Focus Group Graduate Research Award at the 2015 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, to be held 14–18 December in San Francisco, Calif. Matthew Weller received a dual B.Sc. in geology and astrophysics from the University of Toledo in 2007 and a M.Sc. in […]

Manik Talwani wins 2015 Maurice Ewing Award from the SEG

Our Manik Talwani received the Society of Exploration Geophysicist’s Maurice Ewing Medal this year.  From the SEG wiki: “The 2015 Maurice Ewing Award goes to Dr. Manik Talwani who received his PhD in 1959 from Columbia University under the tutelage of Doc Ewing, who would be justifiably proud of his student. Manik has received an […]

Monica Erdman, Brian Jordan and Clint Miller awarded at AAPG/SEG student expo

Rice students attended the AAPG/SEG Student Expo in Houston this week. In the poster competition, Monica Erdman won first place for her poster titled “Dual uplift history of the Colorado Plateau via arc magmatism and lower crustal foundering”. Brian Jordan won third place for his poster and Clint Miller got an honorable mention. Clint Miller […]

New stable isotope ratio mass spectrometer from Nu instruments installed in the Yeung Lab

New stable isotope ratio mass spectrometer from Nu instruments installed in Yeung Lab.

Ananya Mallik (PhD, 2014) receives Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship!

Ananya Mallik (PhD, 2015) receives Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship!
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Masiello award $1 million dollar grant from the Keck Foundation

Masiello award $1 million dollar grant from the Keck Foundation to engineer microbial biosensors for soil [Article]

Graduating senior Rachel Marzen receives NSF graduate research fellowship

Graduating senior Rachel Marzen receives NSF graduate research fellowship.
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