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Lin Boynton

Research Assistant
Research Summary:

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

Min Chen

Research Scientist

Room Number: 318
(713) 348-2515


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.

Gelu Costin


Room Number: 329
713 348 2054
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EPMA, Mineralogy, Thermodynamic modelling, Mantle petrology, Eclogites, Bushveld Complex

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Mineralogy, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology (basic layered intrusions, mantle petrology and geochemistry, kimberlites, orogenic eclogites)

Xiaodong Gao
Room Number: 201
(713) 348-4114


charcoal, carbon cycle & sequestration, aqueous-solid interfacial reactions, contaminant speciation, spectroscopic techniques (e.g., NMR, FTIR).

Research Summary:

Biogeochemical processes controlling carbon cycling in geomedia; biochar soil amendment; surface and colloid chemistry of aqueous systems; multi-faceted approaches to contaminant speciation in environmental media; mineral-contaminants interfacial reactions

Angela N. Seligman

Stable Isotope Lab Manager

Room Number: 330B
(713) 348-4054
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isotope geochemistry, mass spectrometry, volcanology, paleoclimatology, analytical technique and method development, aqueous geochemistry

Kyusei Tsuno

Research Scientist/Lab Manager

Room Number: 222
(713) 348-5098


Experimental petrology, Earth's deep interior, Deep volatiles cycling, Earth's and Planetary differentiation