Theses Defenses of 2020-2021

Summer 2021 Candidates
Xiomara Rosenblatt wearing a blue jacket and black leggings standing with hydrothermal rocks in the background
Xiomara Rosenblatt
Geophysical and sedimentological interpretation of a pop-up structure within the San Diego Bay pull-apart basin, San Diego, California 

MS Candidate
Advisor: Dr. Jillian Maloney

Defense: August 6th, 2021
10:30 am

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Zhifeng Hu wearing a blue button up shirt and glasses with his arms crossed standing in front of a wooded area
Zhifeng Hu
Toward high-frequency deterministic simulations: source, path and site effects

PhD Candidate
Advisor: Dr. Kim Olsen

Defense: July 27th, 2021
2 pm

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William Donnelly pictured with black framed rectangular glasses and a green collared shirt
William Donnelly
Quasistatic Modeling of Inelastic Deformation in the Sill Inflation and Caldera Floor Uplift of Sierra Negra, Galápagos Islands

MS Candidate
Advisor: Dr. Shuo Ma

Defense: June 30th, 2021 9 am

Spring 2021 MS Candidates
Eric Surratt
Eric Surratt
Gypsum/bassanite in a major southern California fault zone: observations from the Clark segment, San Jacinto fault zone, USA

MS Candidate
Advisor: Dr. Gary Girty

Defense: May 6th, 2021 10 am
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Michael Levenson standing in front of and unexploded bomb field with a GPR intena
Michael Levenson
Using an Integrated Surficial and Subsurface Approach to Understand Periods of Activity in the Dunes of Southern Bouquet Table, White River Badlands, South Dakota, USA

MS Candidate
Advisor: Dr. Allen Gontz

Defense: May 6th, 2021 10:45 am
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Spring 2021 BS Candidates
Athena Catanzaro standing on the rim of the Grand canyon in a red shirt and tan pants
Athena Catanzaro
Analysis of Arctic Beaufort Sea Cores using XRD Methods: Can Dolomite tell us Anything?

BS Candidate
Advisor: Dr. Jillian Maloney

Defense: May 10th, 2020 9:30 am
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Matthew Tinglof standing on the rim of the Grand Canyon in a grey hoodie
Matthew Tinglof
Sediment Core Analysis Using Visual and Numeric Datasets for Interpretation of Paleoenvironments

BS Candidate
Advisor: Dr. Jillian Maloney

Defense: May 10th, 2020 10 am
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Liam Schramm standing in a grassy field holding a yellow notebook wearing a full brimmed hat, sun glasses and a blue shirt
Liam Schramm
Using Seismic Refraction to map the Crown Cove Fault Zone in the San Diego Bay

BS Candidate
Advisor: Dr. Jillian Maloney

Defense: May 10th, 2020 10:30 am
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Scott Smith in a full brimmed hat, sunglasses and a flannel standing on the rim of the Grand Canyon
Scott Smith
Fault Controlled Paleochannels and their Implications for Submerged Groundwater Resources

BS Candidate
Advisor: Dr. Jillian Maloney

Defense: May 10th, 2020 11 am
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Jasmine Peach
Jasmine Peach
Petrology and Geochemistry of the Calingasta Caldera Complex, San Juan Province, Argentina

BS Candidate
Advisor: Dr. Dave Kimbrough

Defense: May 10th, 2020 11:30 am
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Fall 2020 MS Candidates
Robert Hernandez smiling with a dark blue suit on
Robert Hernandez
Fluid Pressure Modeling of Faults nd Simulation Optimization of Wastewater Injection in the Raton Basin, CO-MN

MS Candidate
Advisor: Dr. Matt Weingarten

Defense: December 11th, 2020 10 am

Ariella Goldstein smiling
Ariella Goldstein
Injection Induced Seismicity in the Raton Basin: Probabilistic Assessment of Fault Slip Potential with Application to Unmapped Faults

MS Candidate
Advisor: Dr. Matt Weingarten

Defense: December 11th, 2020 10:45 am

Neil Seitz with glasses on wearing a blue shirt and yellow tie
Neil Seitz
Analyzing Geophysical Electric Logs and Historical Geochemical Data for Regressions from Deep Resistivity to Total Dissolved Solids to Characterize the Shallow Freshwater Aquifer in the Fruitvale Oil Field, Kern County, California, USA

MS Candidate
Advisor: Dr. Gary Girty

Defense: December 11th, 2020 11:30 am
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Fall 2020 BS Candidates
Ross Grundler wearing a red had and mirrored sunglasses smiling and giving a thumbs up
Ross Grundler
A comparison of the relative taxonomic abundances of fossil seabirds from the early to late Pliocene of California

BS Candidate
Advisor: Dr. Tom Demere and Dr. Allen Gontz

Defense: December 11th, 2020 9:30 am
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