PhD students

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Asmita Banerjee
Room Number: KWGL 322
ab98@rice.edu
Fall 2017
Eric A. Barefoot
Room Number: 230B
(336) 416-3323
eric.barefoot@rice.edu
Fall 2016
Katherine Begland
Room Number: KWGL 305
klb@rice.edu
Fall 2017
Ben Belzer
Room Number: KWGL 210
bb33@rice.edu
Fall 2017
Joyeeta Bhattacharya
Room Number: 212
(832)705-5499
jb79@rice.edu
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Keywords:

Sedimentology, Stable Isotope Geochemistry, Carbon cycle, Marine Geology


Research Summary:

I am currently working on deep marine sediments to understand what impact climate changes (especially through Eocene) had on ocean floor sedimentation.

David G. Blank
Room Number: 232B
713-348-2631
dgb3@rice.edu
Fall 2015
Ao Cai
Room Number: 320
ac98@rice.edu
CV
Fall 2016
Keywords:

Seismology, Seismic Imaging, Inversion


Brandee Carlson
Room Number: 230B
brandee.carlson@rice.edu
Laura B. Carter
Room Number: 213
laura.b.carter@rice.edu
CV

Keywords:

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

Proteek Chowdhury
Room Number: 213
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 that constrain the stability and mobility of sulfides and sulfates hosted in subducting crust and sediments.

Trevor Cole
Room Number: KWGL 230A
Trevor.L.Cole@rice.edu
Summer 2017
John Cornthwaite
jpcorn@rice.edu
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Sizhuang Deng
Room Number: 320
sd62@rice.edu
Resume
Fall 2016
Keywords:

Seismology, Geophysical inverse problems


Tian Y. Dong
Room Number: 230B
tian.dong@rice.edu
CV

Keywords:

Geomorphology, Sedimentology, Stratigraphy


Research Summary:

The broad aim of my scientific research is exploring sediment transport processes and channel dynamics in rivers and deltas by coupling field observations and measurements with existing theories in geomorphology.

James Eguchi
Room Number: 222
(909) 263-9255
james.eguchi@rice.edu

Keywords:

carbon cycle, carbonates, calcite solubility, brines, graphite, eclogite, high P-T experiments


Research Summary:

I use high pressure experiments to study how carbon is moving around and where it eventually ends up within our planet.

William C. Farrell
Room Number: 232B
(732) 865-2388
wcf2@rice.edu
website
CV

Keywords:

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.

Celine Fliedner
Room Number: KWGL 210
cf16@rice.edu
Fall 2017
Maria Furtney
Room Number: 211
mf38@rice.edu
website
CV

Keywords:

volcanology, geophysics


Research Summary:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/maria-furtney-62a49263

Kevin Gaastra
Room Number: KWGL 232A
kmg9@rice.edu
Summer 2017
Damanveer S. Grewal
Room Number: 218
dsg10@rice.edu

Keywords:

Experimental Petrology, Geochemistry, Planetary Sciences


Zhe Guan
Room Number: 301
zg10@rice.edu
Featured Publication / Poster

Keywords:

Multi-scale and Multi-phase Seismic imaging, Migration, Wave Propagation, Data Processing


Research Summary:

My research in seismology mainly consists of multi-scale and multi-phase seismic imaging of earth structures, such as common conversion point (CCP) imaging, full waveform adjoint tomography, etc. I focus on improving the imaging techniques to suppress imaging artifacts, enhance the resolution and so on. Besides, I also utilize reflection data (e.g, water column multiples) to study oceanic earthquakes which reveal critical clues for the tectonics of oceanic plates.

Sahand Hajimirza
Room Number: 211
sahand@rice.edu

Keywords:

Physical Volcanology, Multiphase Flow, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Fluid Flow in Porous Media


Hope Jasperson
haj2@rice.edu
Hehe Jiang
hehe.jiang@rice.edu

Keywords:

geochemistry; U-Pb geochronology; pseudotachylite; arc unroofing; agate;


Pankaj Khanna
Room Number: 230 A
pankaj.khanna@rice.edu
CV
Resume

Keywords:

Carbonate Sedimentology, Sequence Stratigraphy, Microbial Reefs, Photogrammetry, Coral Reefs, Reef Morphologies


Research Summary:

Pankaj Khanna is currently working on three projects in his PhD at Rice University. Utilizing latest data-sets (multibeam bathymetry and high resolution drone imagery) the ultimate goal of the PhD is to understand morphological evolution of reefs in different localities around world (Gulf of Mexico - Uppermost Pleistocene Reefs, Maldives - Uppermost Pleistocene/Holocene reefs. and Central Texas - Upper Cambrian Microbial Reefs) and to compare the modern and ancient carbonate systems.

Michael Lara
Room Number: KWGL 212
mal15@rice.edu
Fall 2017
Boda Li
Room Number: 212
bl21@rice.edu

Keywords:

Clumped isotopes


Research Summary:

I am now measuring the kinetic fractionation factor for clumped O2 gas exchange between water and air.

Wenpei Miao
Room Number: Room 319
281-928-8366
wm12@rice.edu
Clint M. Miller

Ph.D. Candidate


Room Number: 212
512-934-0670
clint.m.miller@rice.edu
website
Google Scholar Link
CV
Resume

Keywords:

Oceanography, Geochemistry, Biogeochemistry, Arctic, Environmental


Research Summary:

Hello! My name is Clint Miller. I am a geochemist at Rice University. My research focuses on understanding the biogeochemistry of shallow organic-rich ocean sediments. These sediments undergo complex alteration prior to deep burial. Specific locations of study include Arctic East Siberian continental shelf/slope, offshore Peru, and Sea of Japan.

Andrew J. Moodie
Room Number: 230B
andrew.moodie@rice.edu
website

Keywords:

sediment transport, geomorphology, stratigraphy, bedforms


Papia Nandi-Dimitrova
papia.nandi@rice.edu

Keywords:

Velocity analysis, seismic processing, seismic imaging, seismic interpretation


Research Summary:

My thesis subject is implementing velocity analysis in the surface offset domain. Like other variants of velocity analysis (shot, plane-wave based), I use offsets as an additional dimension to allow the inversion to avoid cycle skipping. This algorithm required developing reverse-time migration (RTM) in the common offset domain, and its extension to a least-squares migration, both currently in preparation for publication.

Luan Nguyen
Room Number: 307
lcn3@rice.edu
Fall 2016
Chris Ike. Odezulu
Room Number: 212
christopher.I.odezulu@rice.edu
Google Scholar Link
Resume

Keywords:

Coastal Geology, Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, Paleotempestology.


Patrick Phelps
Room Number: KWGL 325
prp2@rice.edu
Fall 2017
Lindsay O. Prothro
Room Number: 230A
lindsay.prothro@rice.edu
Google Scholar Link
CV

Keywords:

Glacial geology, marine geology, sedimentology, stratigraphy


Research Summary:

My research is motivated by the need for an understanding of complex ice-ocean interactions that influence ice sheet stability. Using detailed sedimentology coupled with high-resolution bathymetric data, I define paleo-environments that are critical in determining timing, rates, style, and processes involved in past ice sheet retreat. My work is centered on Antarctic glacial margins, primarily in the Ross Sea and Marguerite Bay.

Lacey A. Pyle
Room Number: 210
lacey.a.pyle@rice.edu
website
Google Scholar Link
CV
Resume

Keywords:

charcoal, black carbon, soils, carbon cycle, fire, pyrogenic carbon


Research Summary:

My research focuses on the effect that wildfire has on both short and long term soil carbon storage, and on how soil properties affect charcoal created during these fires.

Sriparna Saha
Room Number: 213
7132981542
sriparna.saha@rice.edu

Keywords:

Experimental petrology ; Igneous processes ; Continental lithospheric mantle


Research Summary:

Metasomatic processes in the continental lithospheric mantle and their role in physical and chemical properties beneath continents

Cemile Nur Schuba
Room Number: 305
cnk2@rice.edu
website

Keywords:

Seismic data interpretation, attribute analysis, structural geology, seismic reflection data processing, hyper-extension


Research Summary:

I currently focus on the Galicia-Newfoundland conjugate margins and how the extension factor (β) is related to narrow and wide rifting modes, and oceanic core complexes.

Johnny D. Seales
713-557-2600
jds16@rice.edu
Research Summary:

Coupled surface/interior processes of planets within and external to our solar system. Numerical and physical modeling of convective processes -- planetary to magma chamber scale -- occurring in planetary bodies.

Alana G. Semple
Room Number: KWG 211
ags7@rice.edu
Google Scholar Link
Resume

Keywords:

geophysics, modeling


Research Summary:

Geophysics, Mantle dynamics

Eytan Sharton-Bierig
Room Number: KWGL 325
es45@rice.edu
Jia Shi
Room Number: DH 3133
jia.shi@rice.edu
website

Keywords:

seismology, geophysics


Research Summary:

I am developing new parallel computational algorithms for full-waveform inversion and normal modes problems.

Juliana Spector
Room Number: KWGL 211
jules.spector@rice.edu
Fall 2017
Keywords:

biogeochemistry, aqueous geochemistry


Loredana Suciu
lgs4@rice.edu

Keywords:

pyrogenic organic carbon, atmospheric chemistry, biosphere-atmosphere-climate interactions


Harsh Biren Vora

PhD student


Room Number: 212
hv6@rice.edu
CV

Keywords:

petrophysics, compaction trends, pore structure evolution, Lattice-Boltzmann, fracture propogation


Research Summary:

My research focus lies in understanding petrophysical responses of shale and pore-structure evolution upon fluid injection and expansion.

Chengzu Wang
Room Number: 232A
chengzu.wang@rice.edu
Resume

Keywords:

Geodynamics, Paleomagnetism, Tectonophysics.


Research Summary:

Plate velocities relative to global hotspot reference frame;
Hotspot motion from surface observation of hotspot track trends;
Pattern of seismic anisotropy and relationship with absolute plate motion.

Xiaoyu Wang
Room Number: 201
xw33@rice.edu
CV

Keywords:

Structural Geology; Reservoir Characterization; Well logging; Discrete Element Method; Geomechanics


Research Summary:

Numerical Simulations of Forearc Deformation and Stress Switching

Daniel Woodworth
Room Number: 232A
(682) 553-9699
daniel.t.woodworth@rice.edu
Resume

Keywords:

Tectonics, Tectonophysics, Paleomagnetism


Chenliang Wu
+868322911353
wuchenliang1@gmail.com
Google Scholar Link
Resume
Neng Xiong
Room Number: 230A
nx2@rice.edu
Fall 2016
Chenhao Yang
chenhao.yang@rice.edu
Ruichao Ye
ry12@rice.edu
Tuo Zhang
Room Number: 232A
tuo.zhang@rice.edu
Resume
Research Summary:

1. Investigated the Cocos-Nazca-Pacific Plate circuit non-closure from latest bathymetry dataset. Identified the new Malpelo and Coiba plate from Nazca plate separated by diffuse plate boundary.

2. Conducted structural modeling of North America and South America plate, and Qaidam Basin, by fluid mechanics methods. Applied thin viscous sheet models to diffuse plate boundaries of both oceanic crust and continental crust, estimated the strain rate and investigated deformation in this region.

3. Investigated oblique spreading of mid-ocean ridges by comparing the strikes with directions determined from best-fitting angular velocity. Built geodynamic models to analyze plume effects and the stress and strain field of the oceanic lithosphere.

Julin Zhang
jz57@rice.edu