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Farah Ashraf
Graduated May 2016
Hans Ave Lallemant

Emeritus Professor

(713) 348-4889


structural geology

Research Summary:

Hans is a structural geologist interested in how the crust deforms during mountain building and along transform margins.

Austin Blaser
Graduated August 2016

volcanism, Hawaii, two-phase flow, bubbles, solubility, numerical modeling, deformation

Research Summary:

My thesis focused on how magma is transported from depth to the surface at Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii. A great natural laboratory for this is Hawaii, where a long-lived eruption is ongoing (1983-present).

Lin Boynton

Research Assistant
Research Summary:

Using synthetic biology to develop a microbial biosensor for use in soil systems.

Rachel Buissereth
Svetlana Burris
Wenrong Cao


Magmatism-tectonism-climate interaction, evolutions of continents

Research Summary:

I am interested in the structures and evolutions of continental arcs and how the geological processes (e.g. magmatism, tectonism, erosion) contribute to the formation of continents and their impacts on global climate.

Jianxiong Chen
Min Chen

Research Scientist

Room Number: 318
(713) 348-2515


Geophysics, full waveform tomography, ambient noise, earthquakes, tectonics, lithospheric structure, mantle melt

Research Summary:

Seismic tomography of the crust and the upper mantle. Interpretations of seismic images regarding the formation of tectonic units such as plateaus, basins, and orogens.

Xu Chu
Room Number: 325
Google Scholar Link
Summer 2016

Petrology, Metamorphism, Thermodyanmics, Decarbonation

Research Summary:

I have a long-standing research interest in developing petrological thermodynamics and kinetics. I combine the modeling tools with field geology and geochemistry, to understand the histories recorded in natural rocks and the tectonic evolution of orogenic belts.

Kelsey Crocker
Joshua Crozier
Graduated May 2016
Steve Danbom
Adeene Denton

Former President of Rice Undergraduate Geosciences Society (RUGS)
Current Co-Vice President of RUGS

(210) 834-7472
Research Summary:

Field and structural geology + numerical modeling applied to terrestrial and planetary science questions

Megan Duncan
Ziqian Fan
Fall 2015 - Graduated May 2017

Energy Industry, Oil & Gas, Finance, Energy Consulting

Research Summary:

Highly motivated students with direct analytical and results-driven experience in industry and academy. Seeking professional development opportunities to leverage and to improve my skills in energy consulting and industry analysis.

Meron Fessahaie

Graduated May 2015
Elizabeth Finley
Graduated May 2016
Anna Ruth Halberstadt
Room Number: 230A
(919) 810-6946


Antarctica, sedimentology, glacial dynamics, geomorphology

James Harris
Clinton R. Heider

Linux /Unix Systems Administrator

Room Number: 309 Keith Wiess Geology Lab
(713) 348-5639
Bonnie L L. Hoffman

Senior Technology Support Specialist
Alexandra K. Holmes
Graduated May 2018
Brian Jordan
Patricia G. Jordan

Eric Kiser
Larisa LaMere
(832) 941-2181
Cin-Ty Lee
Yuan Li
Google Scholar Link


Geochemistry of Volatiles C-N-S-H & Chalcophile-Siderophile Elements; Planetary Magma Oceans; Geofluids; Ore Deposits

Shuning Li

Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Room Number: 318
Jingxuan Liu
Graduated May 2016
Lexi Malouta
Graduated May 2017

serpentinite, igneous and metamorphic petrology, geochemistry, arcs

Iliana McCloud
Joseph McGlone
Rebecca Minzoni
Audrey Odwuor
Graduated May 2017
Emily Paine
Graduated May 2016
Immaculada Palomeras Torres
Left Rice in Summer 2015 for Spain
Xiaojiao Pang
Mani Pirouzbakht
Graduated May 2016
Fatma Rekik
Victor Remishevsky
Julia Ribeiro
End Date: 1 March 2017 Research Summary:

My research combines radiogenic isotope and trace element geochemistry, volatile and sulfur isotope analyses in mineral-hosted melt inclusions, petrology, field work (i.e., marine expeditions) and simple geodynamic equations to investigate the geochemical cycles of the deep Earth. In particular, I examine the deep cycles of sulfur and water to investigate whether or not volatiles are lost during subduction or fluxed back from the mantle to the surface through magmatism and degassing. My research also focusses on the petrogenesis of subduction zone magmas, the composition of the fluids released during subduction processes and mantle heterogeneities.

Elli Ronay
Research Summary:

Geochemical characterization of ash beds in the Cretaceous Eagle Ford Formation with interest in dissolved ash serving as a biological nutrient.

Angela N. Seligman

Stable Isotope Lab Manager

Room Number: 330B
(713) 348-4054
Google Scholar Link


isotope geochemistry, mass spectrometry, volcanology, paleoclimatology, analytical technique and method development, aqueous geochemistry

Ben P. Skrla
Fall 2016 - Graduated May 2017

geology, geoscience, energy, oil, gas, business, graduate, masters

Travis Swanson
Room Number: 209
Fall 2016
William Symes

Noah Harding Professor (Computational and Applied Mathematics), Professor (Earth Science)


Inverse problems, computational geophysics, software engineering

Research Summary:

computational methods for simulation and inverse problems in geophysics, mathematical and numerical analysis of partial differential equations governing wave propagation, software for simulation and optimization.

Anna C. van Brummen
Research Summary:

I have done two independent projects. For the first I examined stromatolite growth and distribution to determine paleoclimate of the area and for the second I imaged the depth of the Moho beneath Princeton.

Wenshan Yu
Fall 2015 - Graduated May 2017
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Beineng Zhang



geophysics, seismology, crust and lithosphere

Zuyue Zhang
Fall 2015 - Graduated May 2017
Zhenchen Zou
Graduated May 2016