Melodie E. French

Assistant Professor


Room Number: 203
(713) 348-5088
mefrench@rice.edu
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Education

Ph.D. Texas A&M University (2014)
M.S. University of Wisconsin - Madison (2009)
B.A. Oberlin College (2006)

Awards & Honors

Editor’s Citation for Excellence in Refereeing – JGR – Solid Earth, 2018
EarthScope Speaker Series (2015-2016)
National Science Foundation EAR Postdoctoral Fellowship (2015-2017)
Outstanding Student Paper Award, AGU fall meeting (2008)

Keywords

structural geology, rock deformation, rheology, fault zones, earthquake physics

Selected Publications

French, M.E., G. Hirth, and K. Okazaki (2019), Fracture-induced pore fluid pressure weakening and dehydration in serpentinite, Tectonophysics, doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2019.228168.

French, M.E. and J. S. Chester (2018), Localized slip and associated fluidized structures record seismic slip in clay-rich fault gouge, J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, doi: 10.1029/2018JB016053.

French, M. E. and W. Zhu (2017), Slow fault propagation in serpentinite under conditions of high pore fluid pressure, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 473, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2017.06.009.

French, M. E., W. Zhu, and J. Banker (2016), Fault slip controlled by stress path and fluid pressurization rate, Geophys. Res. Lett., 43, 4330–4339, doi:10.1002/2016GL068893.

French, M. E., F. M. Chester, J. S. Chester, and J. E. Wilson (2016), Stress-dependent transport properties of fractured arkosic sandstone, in press for Geofluids, doi: 10.1111/gfl.12174.

French, M. E., F. M. Chester and J. S. Chester (2015), Micromechanisms of creep in clay-rich gouge from the Central Deforming Zone of the San Andreas Fault. J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 120:827–849. doi: 10.1002/2014JB011496.

Coble, C. G, M. E. French, F. M. Chester, J. S. Chester, H. Kitajima (2014), In situ frictional properties of San Andreas Fault gouge at SAFOD, Geophys. J. Int., 199 (2), doi:10.1093/gji/ggu306.

French, M. E., H. Kitajima, J. S. Chester, F. M. Chester, and T. Hirose (2014), Displacement and dynamic weakening processes in smectite-rich gouge from the Central Deforming Zone of the San Andreas Fault, J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 119, doi:10.1002/2013JB010757.

French, M. E., D. F. Boutt, and L. B. Goodwin (2012), Sample dilation and fracture in response to high pore fluid pressure and strain rate in quartz-rich sandstone and siltstone, J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 117, doi:10.1029/2011JB008707.