Graduate Bulletin

Spring 2018

Faculty of Geosciences Department

Distinguished Professors

McLennan, Scott M., Ph.D., 1981, Australian National University: Geochemistry of sedimentary rocks; sedimentary petrology.

Parise, John, Ph.D., 1980, James Cook University of North Queensland: Synthesis and characterization of zeolites for use as selective catalysts; characterization using normal X-ray and neutron diffraction techniques; investigation of crystallizing gels using small-angle neutron scattering; structural modeling of silicates.

Weidner, Donald J., Ph.D., 1972, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Structure of the Earth’s interior as revealed by seismic waves and laboratory determinations of physical properties.

Distinguished Service Professors

Hanson, Gilbert N., Ph.D., 1964, University of Minnesota: Application of radiometric and geochemical methods to petrologic and tectonic problems.


Davis, Daniel M., Department Chair, Ph.D., 1983, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Quantitative geophysical modeling of fold and thrust belts; Field geophysics.

Holt, William E., Ph.D., 1989,University of Arizona: Seismotectonics; kinematics and dynamics of crust and mantle deformation; earthquake source parameter studies.

Nekvasil, Hanna, Undergraduate Program Director, Ph.D., 1986, Pennsylvania State University: Experimental and thermodynamic investigations of mineral/melt equilibria in silicic magmas.

Phillips, Brian L., Ph.D., 1990, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Aqueous geochemistry, NMR spectroscopy, mineralogy and structural chemistry of silicates and other oxides.

Reeder, Richard J., Ph.D., 1980, University of California, Berkeley: Low-temperature geochemistry; mineralogy; crystal chemistry.

Schoonen, Martin A.A., Ph.D., 1989, Pennsylvania State University: Kinetics and thermodynamics of low-temperature and hydrothermal water-rock interaction; theoretical geochemical modeling; geochemistry of natural waters.

Wen, Lianxing, Ph.D., 1998, California Institute of Technology: Mantle rheology and dynamics; seismic structures of the Earth’s mantle; new techniques for calculating viscous flow and seismic wave propagation

Associate Professors

Glotch, Timothy, Graduate Program Director, Ph.D., 2004, Arizona State University: Planetary geology; remote sensing; Martian surface mineralogy.

Rasbury, E. Troy, Ph.D., 1998, Stony Brook University: Sedimentary geochemistry; geochronology; chronostratigraphy.

Rogers, Andrea Deanne, Ph.D., 2005, Arizona State University: Remote sensing; planetary surface processes; GIS.

Assistant Professor

Henkes, Gregory A., Ph.D., 2014, The Johns Hopkins University: Stable isotope geochemistry, paleoclimatology, biogeochemistry

Hurowitz, Joel, Ph.D., 2006, Stony Brook University: Planetary geology, planetary exploration, Sedimentary geochemistry.

Shen, Weisen, Ph.D., 2014, University of Colorado Boulder: Seismic tomography


Lindsley, Donald H., Emeritis, Ph.D., 1961, Johns Hopkins University: Application of phase equilibrium studies of silicate and oxide minerals to metamorphic and igneous petrology.


Stidham, Christiane Wilson, Ph.D., 1999, University of California, Berkeley: Geophysics.

Affiliated Faculty

Distinguished Professor

Aller, Robert C.1, Ph.D., 1977, Yale University: Marine geochemistry; early marine diagenesis

Distinguished Service Professor

Bokuniewicz, Henry J., Ph.D., 1976, Yale University: Marine geophysics.

Krause, David W., Ph.D., 1982, University of Michigan: Vertebrate paleontology; mammalian evolution, including primates.


Cochran, J. Kirk , Ph.D., 1979, Yale University: Marine geochemistry; use of radionuclides as geochemical tracers; diagenesis of marine sediments.

Flood, Roger D., Ph.D., 1978, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution: Marine geology; sediment dynamics; continental margin sedimentation.

Associate Professor

O’Leary, Maureen, Ph.D., 1997, Johns Hopkins: vertebrate paleontology, phylogenetic systematics, mammalian evolution.

Research Professor

Li, Baosheng, Ph.D., 1996, SUNY Stony Brook: mineral physics, elasticity of minerals, high-pressure research.

Liebermann, Robert C., Emeritus, Ph.D., 1969, Columbia University: Mineral physics; elastic and anelastic properties of rocks and minerals and their applications to the Earth’s interior. 

Oganov, Artem, Ph.D., 2002, University College London: Theoretical and computational physics; simulation of minerals at high pressures and temperatures; structure and properties of solids.

Wong, Teng-fong, Ph.D., 1980, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Experimental rock physics; fault mechanics. 

Research Associate Professors

Sperazza, Michael, Ph.D., 2006, University of Montana, Paleoclimatic change over the Pleistocene and Holocene.

Vaughan, Michael T., Ph.D., 1979, SUNY Stony Brook: experimental geophysics, crystallography, synchrotron X-ray studies

Research Assistant Professor

Ehm, Lars, Ph.D., 2003, Christian­-Albrechts University zu Kiel, Germany


1) School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences

2) Department of Anatomical Sciences

3) Brookhaven National Laboratory

4) Mineral Physics Institute



NOTE: The course descriptions for this program can be found in the corresponding program PDF or at COURSE SEARCH.