William C. FarrellRoom Number: KWGL 232B
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
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.
Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences
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Houston, TX 77005 USA