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


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teaching: UT GEOL: [303], [371]; other classes
[CIDER] [C] [UNIX/GMT] [SEATREE] [visuals]
My teaching interests include Natural Hazards, Planetary Evolution, Geophysics, Geodynamics, Seismology, Deep Earth Dynamics, Quantitative Methods including Inverse Theory, Numerical Modeling, and the Solid Earth Research and Teaching Environment (SEATREE) (part of UGESCE).

Teaching at UT (GEOL codes)

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Classes taught at USC (GEOL codes)

Summer schools and short courses

Computing and scientific visualization in the Earth Sciences

Community and outreach activities

  • Guest lecturer, Computer Science and Modeling of Earth Systems Cate School, Carpenteria, November 2014.
  • Leader for "Michael Heizer: Actual Size, Gallery Walkthrough" at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, September 2012.
  • Meeting of Young Researchers in the Earth Sciences (MYRES)
    I used to be involved with getting the Meeting of Young Researchers in the Earth Sciences (MYRES) off the ground.

Mentoring and Training

  • Advising (superscript numerals refer to joint publication)
    • Summer undergraduate interns:
      • Dorothy Linnemann (2017, Scripps College, with Lavier); Fabienne Stockmann (2014, Münster University); Simon Schneider (2013, Münster University); Kevin Milner37 (2008, USC); Jared Sain37 (2008, USC); Hannah Waterhouse37 (2008, Bryn Mawr College); Katrin Plenkers (2005, Karlsruhe)
    • Undergraduate advisees:
      • Zel Hurewitz (2017-, UT Austin, physics)
      • Bradford Foley43 (BSc 2008; Assistant Professor, Penn State)
    • MSc students:
      • Zi-Yu Wu (MSc 2010; Guosen Securities)
      • Clare Steedman34 (MSc 2006; Iris Environmental)
    • PhD students:
      • directly supervised:
        • current: Kunpeng Liao (2016-), Wanying Wang (2016-).
        • Adam Holt89,91,92,94,107-109,115,117 (PhD 2016; post-doc, MIT)
        • Michael Kaplan (PhD 2015; medical school)
        • Mélanie Gérault64 (PhD 2014; post-doc, ENS Lyon)
        • Thomas Goebel63, 71, 77, 79, 82, 113 (PhD 2013; post-doc, UCSC)
        • Lisa Alpert53,65,75 (PhD 2012; Aera Energy Llc.)
        • Iain Bailey40,49,53,65 (PhD 2009; Swiss Re)
      • Committee member: Chang Lu (2018-), Brandon Schuck (2018-), Chujie Liu (2017-), Lily R. Serach (external chair, 2017-), Brooklyn Gose (2017-), Peter Nelson (2017-), Jessica Stellman95 (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 reviewer: Angela Maria Gomez Garcia (U Medellin, 2016), Juliane Dannberg (GFZ Potsdam, 2016), Raquibul Hassan (U Sydney, 2016), Rene Gassmöller (GFZ Potsdam, 2014), Sabin Zahirovic (U Sydney, 2014).
    • Member of the Board, International Graduate School, Department of Earth Sciences, Universit`a di Roma TRE, 2014-.
    • Post-docs:
      • current: Lukas Fuchs (2016-), Matt Weller (2016-), and Rob Porritt (2017-).
      • Attreyee Ghosh44, 70 (2008 - 2010; Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore)
      • Boris Kaus22,33-35,42,64 (2005 - 2006; Professor, Mainz University)
      • Jules Browaeys24 (2006; Geophysicist, Total E&P Norge AS)
  • Undergraduate and graduate research opportunities
    • Please see the News Page for undergraduate and graduate study opportunities and how to get involved with research at UT Geodynamics.

Updated: May 31, 2018. (c) JSG Geodynamics, 2018.