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Visiting Student Xun Yu
Room Number: 325


Mantle Geochemistry, Isotopes, Anatexis

Research Summary:

I am working on the Cenozoic basalts from eastern China and peritectic garnet from southeastern Spain.

Visiting Student Qinci Li
Room Number: Room 320
Fall 2016


Visiting Scientist Caroline Beghein
Room Number: 318
Google Scholar Link
Spring 2017

Earth’s interior, transition zone, D”, mantle deformation, seismic tomography, seismic anisotropy, mantle, inner core, forward modeling, surface waves, free oscillations, lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary, mantle flow, inverse problems

Research Summary:

I focus on modeling Earth’s interior using seismic tomography, i.e. I use seismic data and numerical methods to image the structure of the Earth’s interior, with the ultimate goal of understanding the physical processes that take place inside our planet. I also put a particular effort into obtaining reliable model uncertainties and assessing the robustness of the features seen in those models.

Undergraduate Student Alexandra K. Holmes

Undergraduate Student Samuel Zapp

Undergraduate Student Shannon L. Wang

Undergraduate Student Leila Wahab

Undergraduate Student Simon Chan

Undergraduate Student Oliver Lucier

Undergraduate Student Kendra Baldwin

Undergraduate Student Aitash Deepak

Undergraduate Student Jennifer Kroeger

Undergraduate Student Cassandra Mosley
Started Fall 2015
Undergraduate Student Matthew Neal

Undergraduate Student Jackon J. Stiles

Undergraduate Student Naod Araya

Undergraduate Student Kyle Bartsch

Undergraduate Student Jason Mendez

Undergraduate Student Jared Nirenberg

Thesis Masters Student Heath H. Hopson


Sedimentology, Upper Cambrian, Microbial Bioherm, Andre Droxler

Research Summary:

My current research focuses on the characterization of Upper Cambrian microbial reefs of Mason County, central Texas exposed along certain bodies of water. This project is part of a Microbial Research Consortium consisting of Rice and Trinity University with funding and interaction from Stat Oil, Shell, Exxon, and Conoco Phillips. This research consists of reservoir analysis of the microbial reef complex acting as an analog to large offshore discoveries of pre-salt hydrocarbon deposits of Angola and Brazil.
My specific field area focuses on a very large outcrop on the James River, located on a recently accessible private ranch. The outcrop consists of a laterally extensive pavement of juxtaposed bioherms adjacent to a cliff face revealing bioherm relationships with the inter-reef strata. Using a suite of analytical techniques, we hope to understand the relationship between microbial buildups and their depositional environment, with specific focuses on buildup geometries, microbial macro- and microtextures developed, and the relationship between the buildups and the coeval inter buildup sedimentation.

Thesis Masters Student Gary Linkevich
Room Number: KWG 305


geophysics, seismology, Galicia, tectonics, extension, passive margins

Research Summary:

The W coast of the Iberian Peninsula is a classic magma-poor rifted margin, where slow crustal hyperextension allowed rising mantle to cool/harden instead of melting. A long, margin-parallel Peridotite Ridge (PR) separates the final prerift material from this trans. zone of exhumed mantle. The PR has been dredged, drilled, and imaged in 2D for over 40 years, but new 3D seismic finally reveals its inner structure and evolution.

Thesis Masters Student Tamunoisoala LongJohn
Room Number: 210 KWG Labs
(713) 348-2113


discrete element model, fractures, microstructural evolution

Research Summary:

My research focus is on numerical simulations of biaxial experiments using a discrete element model. I hope to understand the microstructural evolution in rocks from fracture initiation to failure and beyond.

Thesis Masters Student William C. Farrell
Room Number: KWGL 232B
(732) 865-2388


Particle-based modeling, numerical modeling, tectonics, geomorphology, surface processes, landscape evolution

Research Summary:

My doctoral research focuses on developing a particle-based numerical model of the coupled tectonic and geomorphologic processes along the Hikurangi margin on the Northern Island of New Zealand.

Thesis Masters Student Yen Sun
Room Number: KWGL 320

Thesis Masters Student Wey Yi Foo
Room Number: RM212


Structural geology; Geomechanics; Offshore Margins; Forearc evolution; Seismotectonics; Marine geology & geophysics

Research Summary:

I use numerical simulations to study the deformation a seamount can levy on a forearc, and its influence on the seismic potential of subduction zones. I explore how differing mechanical properties, and seamount geometries can control the extent of deformation.

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