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Sydney Allen
Room Number: KWGL 325
sydney.m.allen@rice.edu
Fall 2018
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
CV
Featured Publication / Poster

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. 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.

David G. Blank
Room Number: 232B
713-348-2631
dgb3@rice.edu
Fall 2015
Jackson Borchardt
Room Number: KWGL 319
jsb13@rice.edu
Fall 2018
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
Proteek Chowdhury
Room Number: 213
8327052385
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.

Trevor Cole
Room Number: KWGL 230A
Trevor.L.Cole@rice.edu
Summer 2017
John Cornthwaite
Room Number: KWGL 307
jpcorn@rice.edu
website
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: KWGL 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.

Emily Falksen
Room Number: KWGL 213
emily.falksen@rice.edu
Fall 2018
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


Sahand Hajimirza
Room Number: 211
sahand@rice.edu

Keywords:

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


Jiayuan Han
jiayuan.han@rice.edu
Fall 2018
Yi Hou
Room Number: KWGL 322
yihou@rice.edu
Fall 2018
Debadrita Jana
Room Number: KWGL 211
debadrita.jana@rice.edu
Fall 2018
Hope Jasperson
haj2@rice.edu

Keywords:

seismology, machine learning


Michael Lara
Room Number: KWGL 212
mal15@rice.edu
Fall 2017
Boda Li
Room Number: 322
bl21@rice.edu

Keywords:

Clumped isotopes of O2
Ocean science
Primary production
O2/Ar


Research Summary:

Project1:
Kinetic isotope effects for O2 air-water gas transfer and implications for estimating marine gross oxygen productivity and clumped isotope signature during gas transfer.
Measured the first time triple oxygen kinetic fractionation factors and kinetic fractionation signals for clumped O2 like 36O2 and 35O2. We tried to apply the factors to calibrate the kinetic effects happened on the surface ocean in order to better estimate the GOP (Gross oxygen production) of the surface ocean.
Project2: The potential impact of bubble injection of air to the estimate of net oxygen production (NOP) in the surface ocean

Wenpei Miao
Room Number: Room 319
281-928-8366
wm12@rice.edu
Andrew J. Moodie
Room Number: 230B
andrew.moodie@rice.edu
website

Keywords:

sediment transport, geomorphology, stratigraphy, bedforms


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

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.

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

Keywords:

Experimental petrology ; Igneous processes ; Continental lithospheric mantle; Mid Lithospheric Discontinuity; Cratons ; Amphibole ; Phlogopite


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
Room Number: KWGL 232B
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-mode problems.

Juliana Spector
Room Number: KWG 230A
jjs12@rice.edu
Loredana Suciu
Room Number: KWGL 201
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
website
Google Scholar Link
Resume

Keywords:

Plate Tectonics, Geodynamics, 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
Room Number: KWGL 230A
+868322911353
wuchenliang1@gmail.com
Google Scholar Link
Neng Xiong
Room Number: 230A
nx2@rice.edu
Fall 2016
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
Lee Lab