Melodie E. French

Assistant Professor

Room Number: 203
(713) 348-5088
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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)


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

Selected Publications

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.