Texas Tech University

Geology & Geophysics Faculty


George Asquith, Joe Pevehouse Chair Emeritus

Carbonate petrology and petrophysics.


Calvin Barnes, Professor Emeritus

Igneous petrology and geochemistry.

james e. barrick

James Barrick, Professor Emeritus

Micropaleontology and biostratigraphy.


Sankar Chatterjee, Horn Professor

Paleontology, mass extinction.


Harold Gurrola, Associate Professor

Geophysics and seismology.

callum j. hetherington

Callum Hetherington, Associate Professor

Mineralogy and geochemistry.

juske horita

Juske Horita, Professor  and Graduate Program Director

Stable isotope geochemistry.

haraldur r. karlsson

Haraldur Karlsson, Associate Professor

Stable isotope geochemistry.


Thomas Lehman, Professor Emeritus

Clastic sedimentology.

david leverington

David Leverington, Associate Professor

Remote sensing and planetary science.


Neo McAdams, Assistant Professor 

Micropaleontology, biostratigraphy, geologic correlation.


Seiichi Nagihara, Associate Professor 

Geophysics, geographic information systems.


Jeff Nittrouer, Associate Professor

Geomorphology, surface hydrology, sedimentology, and stratigraphy.


Moira Ridley, Professor

Aqueous geochemistry.


Branimir Segvic, Assistant Professor

Clay mineralogy and low-temperature geochemistry.


Dustin Sweet, Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Director

Sedimentology and stratigraphy.


Paul Sylvester, Pevehouse Chair, Professor

Mineral geochemistry and geochronology of sedimentary systems.


Aaron Yoshinobu, Professor

Structural geology and tectonics.

Post Doctoral Research Associates

 Xiaoqiang Li

Adjunt Faculty

William Asquith, Research Hydrogeologist and Adjunct Scientist, 213 Science Building.


David Bish, Haydn Murray Chair of Applied Clay Minerology, Indiana University.


Peter Holterhoff, Senior Geologic Advisor  Hess Corporation.

Carbonate petrology, sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy.

Kenneth S. Johnson, Assistant Professor, Geology & Geochemistry, University of Houston.

Igneous petrology.

Gregory P. McGovern, Instructor, West Texas A&M University.

Organometallic synthesis, nuclear magnetic resonance.

Nathan McSloy, Adjunct Scientist, U.S. Geological Survey.


Victor Polyak, Senior Research Scientist, Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences, University of New Mexico.


Kate Souders, Research Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, Colorado.

Isotope geochemistry and geochronology, in-situ microanalysis, mass spectrometry.

Veniamin B. Polyakov, Leading Scientist, Institute of Experimental Mineralogy RAS, Russia.


Erik Rasmussen, Rasmussen Systems LLC

Severe storm analysis.

John Stout, Physical Scientist, USDA Wind Erosion & Water Conservation Research Unit.

Aeolian Geomorphology.

Joint Faculty

Rainwater, Ken, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Texas Tech University.

Water resources management and groundwater hydrology.

Zhou, Hua-wei, Professor, University of Houston.