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Farah Ashraf
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 May 2017

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

Research Summary:

I'm interested in how magma is transported from depth to the surface. A great natural laboratory for this is Hawaii, where a long-lived eruption is ongoing (1983-present).

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
Kelsey Crocker
Joshua Crozier
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

Elizabeth Finley
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
Brian Jordan
Eric Kiser
Larisa LaMere
(832) 941-2181
Cin-Ty Lee
Yuan Li
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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
Joseph McGlone
Rebecca Minzoni
Audrey Odwuor
Graduated May 2017
Emily Paine
Immaculada Palomeras Torres
Left Rice in Summer 2015 for Spain
Xiaojiao Pang
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.

Ben P. Skrla
Fall 2016 - Graduated May 2017

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

Travis Swanson
Room Number: 209
Fall 2016
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.

Guangchi Xing
Wenshan Yu
Fall 2015 - Graduated May 2017
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geophysics, seismology, crust and lithosphere

Zuyue Zhang
Fall 2015 - Graduated May 2017
Zhenchen Zou