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PhD Student Joyeeta Bhattacharya
Room Number: KWGL 212
(832) 705-5499
jb79@rice.edu
CV

Keywords:

Sedimentology, Stable Isotope Geochemistry, Carbon Cycle, Marine Geology, Paleoclimatology and Paleoceanography


Research Summary:

I am currently working on deep marine sediments to understand what impact climate changes (especially through Eocene) had on ocean floor sedimentation. My other interest is to tie up these deep ocean sedimentary dynamics with changes in deposition pattern in shallow marine setting in times of extreme warmth, like PETM and early Eocene Hyperthermals.

Adjunct Kevin Biddle
Room Number: 218
(713) 348-4675
KevinBiddle@mac.com

Past Kimberly Birjue
kab20@rice.edu

PhD Student David G. Blank
Room Number: KWGL 232B
dgb3@rice.edu
Fall 2015
Past Austin Blaser
austin.blaser@gmail.com
Graduated August 2016
Keywords:

volcanism, Hawaii, two-phase flow, bubbles, solubility, numerical modeling, deformation


Research Summary:

My thesis focused on how magma is transported from depth to the surface at Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii. A great natural laboratory for this is Hawaii, where a long-lived eruption is ongoing (1983-present).

Adjunct Janne Blichert-Toft

Wiess Visiting Professor


jblicher@ens-lyon.fr
Google Scholar Link

Keywords:

geochemistry


Research Summary:

Janne is an isotope geochemisty interested in planetary differentiation, the origin and evolution of continents, and cosmochemistry.

PhD Student Jackson Borchardt
Room Number: KWGL 319
jsb13@rice.edu
Fall 2018
Keywords:

jsborchartd2@gmail.com


Past Jackson S. Borchardt
jsborchardt2@gmail.com

Past Lin Boynton

Research Assistant


lsb3@rice.edu

Research Summary:

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

Staff Martha Lou Broussard

Alumni liaison and departmental historian


Room Number: 122 Keith Wiess Geology Lab
(713) 348-4492
mlbrou@rice.edu

Past Rachel Buissereth
rtb3@rice.edu

PhD Student Svetlana Burris
Room Number: KWGL 232A
svetlana.g.stadnik@rice.edu

PhD Student Ao Cai
Room Number: KWGL 320
ac98@rice.edu
Resume
Fall 2016
Keywords:

seismology, near-surface geophysics


Research Summary:

Maximum likelihood framework time-domain full-waveform inversion
Variable grid traveltime and waveform inversion

Past Wenrong Cao
caowenrong@gmail.com
website

Keywords:

Magmatism-tectonism-climate interaction, evolutions of continents


Research Summary:

I am interested in the structures and evolutions of continental arcs and how the geological processes (e.g. magmatism, tectonism, erosion) contribute to the formation of continents and their impacts on global climate.

PhD Student Brandee Carlson
Room Number: KWGL 230B
brandee.carlson@rice.edu

Friend Laura B. Carter
laura.b.carter@rice.edu
website
CV

Keywords:

science communication, outreach, experimental petrology, geochemistry, carbon, volcanic degassing


Research Summary:

Experimental investigation into the geochemical (mineral, melt, fluid composition) interaction between subvolcanic magma (and hydrothermal fluids) particularly in continental arcs, and crustal carbonate, quantifying volcanic CO2 emissions

Professional Master Student Shannon Castro
snc3@rice.edu
Fall 2018
Undergraduate Student Simon Chan
sac8@rice.edu

Friend Chia-Jui Chang
(832)998-4649
cc85@rice.edu
Resume
Graduated May 2018
Past Rui Chang
rc64@rice.edu
Fall 2017
Past Jianxiong Chen
jianxong.chen@rice.edu

Past Min Chen

Research Scientist


Room Number: 318
(713) 348-2515
min.chen@rice.edu
website

Keywords:

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.

Postdoctoral Fellow Feng Cheng
Room Number: KWGL 307
(713) 348-3048
marsfcheng@rice.edu

PhD Student Proteek Chowdhury
Room Number: KWGL 213
(832) 705-2385
pc27@rice.edu

Keywords:

Experimental Petrology, Geochemistry, Igneous processes, sulfur in subduction zone


Research Summary:

I am interested in Earth's deep sulfur cycle, the fate of sulfur at subduction zones and deep mantle processes that constrain the stability and mobility of sulfur and it's phases in our planet.

Past Xu Chu
Room Number: 325
xu.chu@rice.edu
website
Google Scholar Link
Summer 2016
Keywords:

Petrology, Metamorphism, Thermodyanmics, Decarbonation


Research Summary:

I have a long-standing research interest in developing petrological thermodynamics and kinetics. I combine the modeling tools with field geology and geochemistry, to understand the histories recorded in natural rocks and the tectonic evolution of orogenic belts.