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Atmospheric Sciences
The Atmospheric Science Group focuses on formation and evolution of severe storms and utilizes field, theoretical and numerical studies to evaluate hurricanes, tornadoes and global climate change.

For more information go to the Atmo Group Web Site.

Faculty:

  • Dr. Sukanta Basu - Assistant Professor, atmospheric boundary layer processes, turbulence modeling (large-eddy simulation), wind power meteorology, numerical weather prediction, dispersion modeling, and nonlinear time series analysis.
  • Dr. Chia-Bo Chang - Associate professor, numerical prediction of severe weather systems including tornadoes and coastal cyclones.
  • Katharine Hayhoe - Research Associate Professor, environmental impacts of energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and control policies, numerical modeling of the earth-atmosphere system, and regional assessments of climate change impacts.
  • Dr. Colleen Leary - Professor, mesoscale processes associated with convective cloud systems.
  • Dr. Richard Peterson - Professor, dynamic meteorology as applied to mesoscale high wind phenomena.
  • Dr. John Schroeder - Associate Professor, Wind flow characterization and boundary layer structure in extreme events, instrumentation, wind engineering, wind power meteorology, statistical and time series analysis.
  • Dr. Chris Weiss - Assistant Professor, convective initiation, dryline dynamics, supercell structure and tornadogenesis.

Geochemistry
Research in geochemistry includes experimental aqueous studies, stable isotopic studies of water, rocks, and minerals, SEM analysis of clays, and the geochemistry
of igneous and metamorphic rocks.

For more information go to the Geochemistry Research Web Site.

Faculty:

  • Dr. Calvin Barnes - Professor, igneous petrology, metamorphic petrology, and geochemistry as applied to arc systems and collisional orogens.
  • Dr. Necip Guven - Professor, clay mineralogy.
  • Dr. Haraldur Karlsson - Associate Professor, isotope geochemistry including paleoclimatic history using carbonates from soils (caliche); geochemistry of zeolites and hydrous minerals; origin of Martian hydrosphere and atmosphere; meteorites.
  • Dr. Moira Ridley - Associate Professor, aqueous, experimental and environmental geochemistry.

Geographical Information Systems & Remote Sensing
Includes research on arid & arctic land forms, planetary geology, and Gulf Coast petroleum systems.

For more information go to the GIS/Remote Sensing Research Web Site.

Faculty:

  • Dr. David Leverington - Assistant Professor, planetary surface processes, Quaternary studies, geological remote sensing, & geomorphology.
  • Dr. Seiichi Nagihara - Associate Professor, application of GIS and remote sensing to petroleum and geomorphic systems.

Geophysics
Researchers in geophysics utilize seismology, gravity, heat flow, and electrical/magnetic methods to study the deep mantle as well as crustal phenomena.

Faculty:

  • Dr. George Asquith - Professor and Pevehouse Chair, petroleum reservoir characterization using well log analysis, carbonate petrology, petrophysics as applied to petroleum systems and high temperature deformation.
  • Dr. Harold Gurrola - Associate Professor, active/passive seismic study of the asthenosphere and lithosphere.
  • Dr. Seiichi Nagihara - Associate Professor, application of heat flow studies to basin analysis, petroleum systems.
  • Dr. Hua-wei Zhou - Pevehouse Chair & Professor of Geophysics & Seismology, Mantle & exploration geophysics.

Paleontology
Paleo studies at TTU utilize traditional field work as well as modern analytical tools (SEM, stable isotopes) to understand the evolution of diverse fauna on Earth. Researchers utilize facilities at the TTU Museum as well as labs in the Geoscience Department.

Faculty:

  • Dr. Jim Barrick, Professor, invertebrate paleontology and biostratigraphy with special emphasis on conodonts.
  • Dr. Sankar Chatterjee - Horn Professor, vertebrate paleontology with special emphasis on early birds.
  • Dr. Tom Lehman - Professor, vertebrate paleontology with special emphasis on the Big Bend region of west texas and the Triassic of the southwestern U.S.

Igneous Petrology
Petrologic studies involve field and laboratory analyses to understand the evolution of the Earth's lithosphere. Strong collaborative ties exist between students & faculty in petrology and structure/tectonics groups.

For more information go to the Petrology Research Web Site.

Faculty:

  • Dr. Cal Barnes, Professor, petrology and field studies as applied to arc systems and collisional orogens in the Klamath Mountains (CA/OR), Ruby Mountains (NV), Proterozoic of the southwestern U.S., and central Norway.
  • Dr. Melanie Barnes, Research Scientist, geochemistry and field studies of arc systems and collisional orogens.

Petroleum Geology
Research in petroleum geology studies at TTU focus on the hydrocarbon systems of the Gulf Coast and Permian basin regions and utilizes heat flow studies, petrophysics, and carbonate petrology to characterize these systems.

For more information go to the Petroleum Geology Research Web Site.

Faculty:

  • Dr. George Asquith - Professor and Pevehouse Chair, well log analysis and carbonate petrology.
  • Dr. Seiichi Nagihara - Associate Professor, heat flow studies as applied to the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Dr. Pete Holterhoff - Assistant Professor, carbonate petrology, sedimentology, sequence stratigraphy.

  • Dr. Hua-wei Zhou - Pevehouse Chair & Professor of Geophysics & Seismology, Exploration geophysics.

Sedimentology, Stratigraphy & Geomorphology
Stratigraphy and sedimentology studies at TTU involve both field and lab work and focus on the Paleozoic and Mesozoic of the southwestern U.S.

Faculty:

  • Dr. Jim Barrick - Professor, paleontology and biostratigraphy with particular emphasis on conodont studies.
  • Dr. Pete Holterhoff - Assistant Professor, Carbonate petrology, sedimentology, and sequence stratigraphy.
  • Dr. Tom Lehman - Professor, sedimentology and stratigraphy studies of the U.S. southwest.
  • Dr. David Leverington - Assistant Professor, planetary surface processes, Quaternary studies, geological remote sensing, & geomorphology
  • Dr. Aaron Yoshinobu - Associate Professor, tectonic geomorphology of the Klamath Mountains Province.

Structural Geology & Tectonics
Research in structure and tectonics includes field and lab based studies of collisional belts (U.S. Cordillera, central Norway), fold and thrust belts (Big Bend region, west Texas, Klamath Mountains, CA/OR), oceanic spreading centers, and the nature of the mantle transition zone and the implications to global tectonics.

For more information go to the Structure/Tectonics Group Web Site.

Faculty:

  • Dr. George Asquith - Professor and Pevehouse Chair, petrophysics as applied to petroleum systems and high temperature deformation.
  • Dr. Cal Barnes, Professor, petrology and field studies as applied to arc systems and collisional orogens in the Klamath Mountains (CA/OR), Ruby Mountains (NV), Proterozoic of the southwestern U.S., and central Norway.
  • Dr. Harold Gurrola - Associate Professor, active/passive seismic study of the asthenosphere and lithosphere, including the mantle transition zone beneath southern California and the Klamath Mountains (CA/OR).
  • Dr. Aaron Yoshinobu - Associate Professor, structural analysis of arcs (Sierra Nevada, CA, central Norway), fold and thrust belts in the U.S. Cordillera (Klamath Mountains, OR/CA, Big Bend region, TX, and central Norway), and oceanic spreading centers/ophiolites.
  • Dr. Hua-wei Zhou - Pevehouse Chair & Professor of Geophysics & Seismology, Mantle geophysics.
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