William C. Farrell

(732) 865-2388

Biographical Info

I am currently a second year Earth Science doctoral student working under the advisorship of Dr. Julia Morgan. Prior to coming to Rice I graduated Cum Laude from the University of Miami with majors in Geology and Environmental Science and minors in Mathematics and Economics. While there I worked on research projects with both Geology and Environmental Science graduate students. I spent the summer after my junior year working in the Short Term Exploration department of Freeport McMoran Copper & Gold and the summer after my senior year I was chosen by the Miami Geology faculty to be the graduate teaching assistant on the undergraduate summer field course. In my free time I play on the Rice Men's Club Volleyball Team where I am the starting middle hitter. I also volunteer in the greater Houston area, working as a Big Brother through Big Brothers Big Sisters Houston to mentor an at-risk 10 year old in our community. Finally, I am involved in a Rice University summer outreach initiative where a high performing underprivileged high school students shadows me for 10 days, perform a research project under my mentorship, and presents a scientific poster in front of his or her classmates and teachers at the conclusion of the program.


Doctoral Student, Rice University Department of Earth Science, Entered August 2015
B.S. Geological Sciences and Ecosystem Science & Policy, The University of Miami, Completed May 2015

Awards & Honors

American Institute of Professional Geologists-Texas Section 2016 Graduate Scholarship Winner

W.A. Tarr Award for Academic Excellence in Earth Science, 2015- Given to one graduating senior per year in the Geological Sciences department at the University of Miami

University of Miami General Honors, 2015- Denotes completion of the Honors Program, requiring 24 credit hours of specially designated honors classes from both within and outside one's field of study and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5


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


I am broadly interested in the intersection between structural geology and surface processes. I seek to explore the feedbacks between plate boundary interactions and their related surface erosion responses to get a more complete idea of the landscape evolution forces at play in a given tectonically active region. Understanding these sorts of processes has major implications to defining the extent of a given region's geohazards, economic resources, and land use opportunities.

1 reply

Trackbacks & Pingbacks

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *