Institute for Geophysics and
Department of Geosciences
Jackson School of Geosciences
The University of Texas at Austin

Geodynamics Team

Geodynamics Team, June 2020

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Our research focus is on improving our understanding of the lithosphere-mantle system, including the general workings of plate tectonics and Earth's evolution. We are always looking for motivated undergraduate and graduate students and highly talented post-docs.
  • Current team members


  • Former team members

    • Summer undergraduate interns:
      • At UT Austin: Dorothy Linnemann (2017, Scripps College, with Lavier)
      • At USC: Fabienne Stockmann (2014, Münster University), Simon Schneider (2013, Münster University), Kevin Milner35 (2008, USC), Jared Sain35 (2008, USC), Hannah Waterhouse35 (2008, Bryn Mawr College), and Katrin Plenkers (2005, Karlsruhe).
    • Undergraduate advisees:
      • At UT Austin: Jake Goins (research committee member, 2020), Zel Hurewitz (BSc 2019, Physics; grad school SIO)
      • At USC: Bradford Foley41 (BSc 2008; Assistant Professor, Penn State)
    • MSc students:
      • At UT Austin: Antoine Demont (visiting from ENS Paris, 2020), Kunpeng Liao (MSc 2018; CGG)
      • At USC: Zi-Yu Wu (MSc 2010; Guosen Securities) and Claire Steedman32 (MSc 2006; Iris Environmental)
    • PhD students:
      • Supervised:
        • current: Wanying Wang125 (2016-), Erin Heilman (2018-), Simone Puel128 (2018-), Ethan Conrad (2019-, co-advisor), Edward Clennett (2020-)
        • At USC:
          • Adam Holt87,89,90,92,105-107,113,115 (PhD 2016; Assistant Professor, U Miami)
          • Michael Kaplan (PhD 2015; post-doc, Duke)
          • Mélanie Gérault62,121 (PhD 2014; post-doc, MIT)
          • Thomas Goebel61, 69, 75, 77, 80, 111 (PhD 2013; Assistant Professor, U Memphis)
          • Lisa Alpert51,63,73 (PhD 2012; Aera Energy Llc.)
          • Iain Bailey38,47,51,63 (PhD 2009; Swiss Re).
      • Committee member/examination chair:
        • At UT Austin: Eric Hiatt (external chair, 2020-), Chenyu Tian (2020-), Keith Minor (external chair, 2019-), Alexandra Lachner (2019-2020), Yanyao Zhang (2018-), Kristina Butler (external chair, 2018-), Chang Lu (2018-), Brandon Schuck (2018-), Lily R. Serach (external chair, 2017-), Brooklyn Gose (2017-2020), Chujie Liu (2017- 2020, Phd 2020), Peter Nelson (2017-2020, PhD 2020).
        • At USC: Jessica Stellman93 (2014-), William Schmidt (2015-2016), Xinjiang Xiang (2015), Xin Song (2014-2015), Xin Liu (2014-2015), Beth Paulson (2014-2016), Chris Milliner (2013-2015), Haoran Xia (2013-2015), Francoix Cadieux (PhD 2015), Feng Wang (PhD 2013), Prabu Sellappan (PhD 2013), Whitney Behr (PhD 2011), Zheqiang Shi (PhD 2008), Adam Fischer (PhD 2008), Jeremy Zechar (PhD 2008).
    • External PhD reviewer: Christopher Mathews (ANU, 2021), Angela Maria Gomez Garcia (U Medellin, 2020), Juliane Dannberg (GFZ Potsdam, 2016), Raquibul Hassan (U Sydney, 2016), Rene Gassmöller (GFZ Potsdam, 2014), and Sabin Zahirovic (U Sydney, 2014).
    • Member of the Board, International Graduate School, Department of Earth Sciences, Universita di Roma TRE, 2014-.
    • Post-docs:
      • Antoniette Grima (2020-)
      • Silvia Brizzi (2020-)
      • Eivind Straume (2021-)
      • Rob Porritt88,100,124 (2017-2019; research associate, UT Austin).
      • Matt Weller122 (2016-2019; post-doc, Brown)
      • Lukas Fuchs122,125 (2016-2018; post-doc, U. Frankfurt)
      • Attreyee Ghosh44, 68 (2008-2010; Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore)
      • Boris Kaus20,31-33,40,62 (2005-2006; Professor, Mainz University)
      • Jules Browaeys22 (2006; Geophysicist, Total E&P Norge AS)
    (Superscript numerals refer to joint publications.)
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