Current Research in EEPS: Dr. Madeleine Youngs, NOAA Climate & Global Change Postdoctoral Fellow, NYU Courant

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Current Research in EEPS: Dr. Madeleine Youngs, NOAA Climate & Global Change Postdoctoral Fellow, NYU Courant Southern Ocean Circulation and Climate: The Localizing Effect of Topography Abstract: The Southern Ocean plays a major role in the global air-sea carbon fluxes, with some estimates suggesting it takes up 40\% of the oceanic anthropogenic carbon dioxide. Understanding […]

Current Research in EEPS: Dr. Anna Ruth Halberstadt, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Current Research in EEPS: Dr. Anna Ruth Halberstadt, University of Massachusetts Amherst Antarctic ice sheet stability during warm periods: integrating numerical modeling with geologic data Abstract: Sea level rise is one of the major social and environmental challenges that threatens modern civilization, yet the response of polar ice sheets to future warming is deeply uncertain. […]

Current Research in EEPS: Dr. Nicole Nie, Carnegie Institution for Science

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Current Research in EEPS: Dr. Nicole Nie, Carnegie Institution for Science Lunar Volatile Loss in the Aftermath of the Giant Impact Abstract: The Moon is severely depleted in volatile elements compared to the Earth, from which the Moon received its most materials. Identifying the causes of the volatile depletion is critical for our understanding of […]

Thesis Proposal Defense: Holly Fortener, 2/17/2022, 1 p.m.

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Thesis Proposal Defense Details Student: Holly Fortener Date: Thursday, February 17, 2022 Time: 1:00 p.m. In Person: KWGL 123 On Zoom: https://riceuniversity.zoom.us/j/94838230396?pwd=ajNHcWl0RGxEWWNEN2xyQU54Ny9VUT09 Meeting ID: 948 3823 0396 Passcode: 254272   Proposal:   Kilauea Volcano: Influence of Morphology on Slip Behavior at the South Flank The mobile south flank of Kilauea Volcano on the island of […]

Qualifying Exam: Tanner Shadoan, 2/15/22, 1 p.m.

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Qualifying Exam Details Student: Tanner Shadoan Date: Tuesday, February 15, 2022 Time: 2:00 p.m. In Person: KWGL 306 On Zoom: https://riceuniversity.zoom.us/j/94797283067?pwd=WURmYU1hT2UrL2hoZkpXQW1uZlcrUT09 Meeting ID: 947 9728 3067 Passcode: 782455     Proposals:   1: Continuous Active-Source Seismic Monitoring of Reactivated Faults in Geological Carbon Storage Caprocks   Geologic carbon storage (GCS) is an increasingly important component […]

Current Research in EEPS: Dr. Dustin Schroeder, Departments of Geophysics and (by courtesy) Electrical Engineering

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Exploring the Subsurface Processes of Ice Sheets and Icy Moons with Ice Penetrating Radar   Radio echo sounding is a uniquely powerful geophysical technique for studying the interior of ice sheets, glaciers, and icy planetary bodies. It can provide broad coverage and deep penetration as well as interpretable ice thickness, basal topography, and englacial radio […]

Current Research in EEPS: Dr. Christo Buizert, Oregon State University

Current Research in EEPS: Dr. Christo Buizert, Oregon State University How cold was Antarctica during the last Ice Age? Abstract: The last ice age is the most recent natural example of large, global-scale climate change. It provides a natural experiment that we can use to learn more about the sensitivity of our climate system. Doing […]

Current Research in EEPS: Dr. Xinting Yu, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, UC Santa Cruz

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Planetary Materials In and Outside the Solar System In the past few decades, the fields of planetary science have seen tremendous growth by exploring new worlds both inside and outside the Solar System. Future missions will reveal exciting discoveries and potentially assess the habitability of these new worlds. Given the range of exotic conditions on […]

Current Research in EEPS: Dr. Giada Arney, NASA

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Current Research in EEPS: Dr. Giada Arney, NASA   Title: The DAVINCI Mission: Venus and Connections to Venus-like Planets Beyond the Solar System   Abstract: NASA’s recently selected DAVINCI mission (Deep Atmosphere of Venus Investigation of Noble Gases, Chemistry, and Imaging) will be the first mission to plunge through the Venus atmosphere since the USSR Vega landers […]

Current Research in EEPS: Dr. Grace Barcheck, Cornell University

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Current Research in EEPS: Dr. Grace Barcheck, Cornell University Abstract: The Whillans Ice Stream is a large stick-slipping glacier in West Antarctica that provides a unique opportunity to observe many repeats of a field-scale stick-slip cycle in just a few weeks. This ~100 km wide glacier has 1-2x daily “ice stream earthquakes”, in which the […]

Current Research in EEPS: Dr. Fred Ciesla, University of Chicago

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Current Research in EEPS: Dr. Fred Ciesla, University of Chicago Title: The Coupled Dynamical and Chemical Evolution of Pebbles in the Solar Nebula Abstract: Over the last decade, pebble accretion has been proposed as a possible pathway for the growth of planets in our Solar System and beyond. In this formation mode, planetary mass is […]

Current Research in EEPS Seminar: Dr. Yingcai Zheng, University of Houston

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Current Research in EEPS Seminar: Dr. Yingcai Zheng, University of Houston Title: Repeating episodic seismic signals from the January 2022 Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcanic activities Abstract: The Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai explosive volcanic eruption that occurred during January 13-15, 2022 UTC was one of the most energetic volcanic eruptions in recent decades (Global Volcanism Program, 2022). The first […]

Thesis Defense: Wenpei Miao, Ph.D. Candidate

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Thesis Defense: Wenpei Miao, Ph.D. Candidate Department: Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences Defense Date: April 14, 2022 Time: 1:00 p.m. Location: KWGL 123 Title: Constraining crustal velocity and anisotropic structures of basins and margins with surface wave and receiver function data Abstract: My four projects focus different regions in the world, including the passive margin […]

Current Research in EEPS: Dr. Christine Regalla, Boston University

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Current Research in EEPS: Dr. Christine Regalla, Boston University Title: The northeast Japan margin: an example of slow accretion rather than tectonic erosion? Abstract: Nearly half of the world’s subduction zones have been classified as “non-accretionary” and are thought to experience net forearc mass loss over geologic time scales. In Northeast Japan, a type example […]

Thesis Defense: Neng Xiong, Ph.D. Candidate

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Thesis Defense: Neng Xiong, Ph.D. Candidate Location: KWGL 123 Department: Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences Defense Date: April 12, 2022 Time: 2:30 p.m. Data driven and machine learning based methods for Coulomb failure stress calculation, velocity model evaluation and automated receiver function selection Abstract: In recent years, machine learning has become a very popular field […]

Current Research in EEPS: Dr. Peyton Smith, Texas A&M University

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Current Research in EEPS: Dr. Peyton Smith, Texas A&M University The multi-omics of organic matter – Linking molecules with microbes to measure soil carbon capture Microorganisms are the prevailing agents of change when it comes to determining the fate of carbon (C) and nutrients in soils. However, linking microbial structure, function and activity to whole […]

Thesis Defense: Daniel Woodworth, Ph.D. Candidate, April 22 @ 2 p.m.

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Thesis Defense: Daniel Woodworth, Ph.D. Candidate, April 22 @ 2 p.m. Student: Daniel Woodworth Department: Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences Defense Date: April 22, 2022 Time: 2:00 p.m. Location: KWGL 123 Thesis Title: High-Resolution Pacific Apparent Polar Wander Since the Paleocene: Evidence for Two Episodes of True Polar Wander and Two True Polar Stillstands Abstract: […]

Current Research in EEPS: Dr. Clara Deser, NCAR

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Current Research in EEPS: Dr. Clara Deser, NCAR   Projected Changes in Unforced Modes of Atmospheric Circulation Variability over the North Pacific in a Coupled Model Large Ensemble   While much attention has been given to understanding how anthropogenic radiative forcing influences the mean state of the climate system, far less scrutiny has been paid […]

Thesis Defense: Ao Cai, Ph.D. Candidate

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Thesis Defense: Ao Cai, Ph.D. Candidate Department: Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences Defense Date: May 9, 2022 Time: 1:00 p.m. Location: KWGL 123 Thesis Title: Advances in seismic time-domain early-arrival waveform inversion and deep-learning-based surface wave tomography Abstract: There are three main contributions in this thesis. For near-surface velocity estimation, I develop a robust time-domain […]

Qualifying Exam: Valeria Sobolevskaia, 5/25 @ 3 p.m.

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Qualifying Exam:Valeriia Sobolevskaia   Date: Wednesday, May 25th, 2022 Time: 3:00 p.m. Zoom Link: https://riceuniversity.zoom.us/j/3609157539?pwd=OTVjcjJ1N2FBZkNueHcrRStCTjJCUT09 Meeting ID: 360 915 7539 Passcode: 871708   Proposal Briefs:     Proposal 1:   Monitoring of the Gulf coast aquifer system: an alternative geophysical perspective Freshwater is one of the key natural resources critical for human survival. Groundwater provides […]

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