Adrian Lenardic


Room Number: 314
(713) 348-4883
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Biographical Info

Born in Zagreb. Early years in Croatia. Formative and skateboard years in Milwaukee & Madison WI. Grad student and surfing years in Los Angeles CA. Post Doc and snowboard years in Berkeley CA. Married, Real Job, Homeowner all in a day. Professorial and back to skateboard years in Houston TX.


Ph.D. (1995) University of California at Los Angeles

Awards & Honors

Jamail Park Most Improved Skateboarder, 30 and Over (2015)

Agassiz Visiting Lecturer, Harvard University (2010)

Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Prize for Most Effective Teacher Among Assistant Professors at Rice University (2005)

National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award (2005)

City of Houston Annual Art Car Parade First Prize, Musical Catagory (2004 and 2005)


geodynamics, geophysics, planetary

Selected Publications

Lenardic, A.,
A Super-Continental Boost for Plate Tectonics, Nature Geosciences, Submitted, 2016.

Moore, W.B., A. Lenardic, A.M. Jellinek, C. Johnson, C. Goldblatt, and R. Lorenz,
How Habitable Zones and Super-Earths Lead Us Astray, Nature Astronomy, Submitted, 2016.

Weller, M., and A. Lenardic,
On the Evolution of Terrestrial Planets: Implications of Evolving Lid-States, Evolutionary Paths, and Bi-stability, Geoscience Frontiers, Submitted, 2016.

Lenardic, A., M. Weller, and T. Hoink,
Booting Up Plate Tectonics: Feedbacks Between Mantle Viscosity, The Wavelength of Mantle Convection, and the Mode of Planetary
Tectonics, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst, In Revision, 2016.

Lenardic, A, A.M. Jellinek, B. Foley, C. O'Neill, and W.B. Moore, Tectonic-Climate Coupling: Variations in the Mean, Variations about the Mean, Variations in Mode, J. Geophys. Res. Planets, doi:10.1002/2016JE005089, 2016.

Weller, M., and A. Lenardic,
The Energetics and Convective Vigor of Mixed-mode Heating:
Velocity Scalings and Implications for the Tectonics of Exoplanets, Geophys. Res. Lett., In Press, 2016.

Weller, M., A. Lenardic, and W.B. Moore,
Scaling Relationships for Mixed Heating Convection in Planetary Interiors: Isoviscous Spherical Shells, J. Geophys. Res.-Solid
Earth, In Press, 2016.

Chen, M., F. Niu, J. Tromp, A. Lenardic, C.-T. Lee, W. Cao, and J. Ribeiro,
Lithospheric foundering and underthrusting imaged beneath Tibet, Nature Communications, Submitted, 2016.

Lenardic, A., J.W. Crowley, A.M. Jellinek, and M. Weller
The solar system of forking paths: Bifurcations in planetary evolution and the search for life bearing planets in our galaxy, Astrobiology, 16(7), doi: 10.1089/ast.2015.1378, 2016.

O'Neill, C., A. Lenardic, M. Weller, L. Moresi, and S. Quenette,
A window for plate tectonics in terrestrial planet evolution, Phys. Planet. Int., 255, 80-92, 2016.

Stamenkovic, V., T. Hoink, and A. Lenardic,
The importance of temporal stress variations for the initiation of plate tectonics, J. Geophys. Res. Planets, 121, doi:10.1002/-
2016JE004994, 2016.

Lee, C.-T., L. Yeung, N. McKenzie, Y. Yokoyama, K. Ozaki, and A. Lenardic,
Two-step rise of atmospheric oxygen linked to the growth of continents Nature Geoscience, doi:10.1038/NGEO2707, 2016.

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