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Future Group Member(s)


I am looking for talented and enthusiastic students. I also welcome any dedicated visiting scientist or postdoc to discuss potential collaborations and proposals with me.






Current Group Members

Min Gao, PhD student, August 2012 - December 2016 (expected).

Dissertation title: Tectonic processes of Laramide deformation: constraints from basin subsidence modeling and sedimentary record.
Ohood B Al Salem, PhD student, August 2012-December 2017 (expected).

Thesis title: Late Paleozoic subsidence evolution of the Forth Worth Basin in north-central Texas.
Juan Zamora, MS student, August 2013 - May 2015 (expected)

Thesis title: Provenance of Pennsylvanian deltaic sandstone in the Fort Worth Basin: constraints from detrital zircon U-Pb geochronology and sandstone petrography.
Sara Ayyash, MS student, August 2013 - May 2015 (expected)

Thesis title: Late Eocene-early Oligocene Paleoclimate and Paleoenvironment recorded in the White River Formation near Douglas, Wyoming.

Former Group Members

  1. 1. Dr. Xiangquan Li, visiting scholar, Dec. 2012 - Jan. 2014.
    Project title: Tectonic evolution of the East China Sea Basin and detrital zircon record of the Junggar Basin. Dr. Li is currently an associate professor in China University of Geosciences (Wuhan).
  2. 2. Jillian Rowley, MS student, August 2011 - Dec. 2013.
    Thesis title: Timing, provenance, and paleoclimate implications of the Cenozoic eolian deposition in the Central Rocky Mountains. Jill is with ExxonMobil now.
  3. 3. Dr. Brain Hough, Postdoc scholar, July 2011 - Feb. 2013.
    Project title: Calibration of soil carbonate clumped isotope geothermometer and evaluation of influence of climate change on river water stable isotope ratios in Wyoming and Nebraska.
    Dr. Hough is currently a visiting professor in Hamilton College.

  4. 4. Daniel Kirkwood, BS student, Jan. 2013 - August 2013. Daniel made thin sections, and applied sandstone petrography to understand the provenance of sedimentary rocks.
  5. 5. Sarah Allen, BS student, May 2011 - May 2012. Sarah was Fan’s field assistant in the summer of 2012. She worked on processing volcanic ash samples to separate volcanic glass and the hydrogen isotope compositions of volcanic glass. Sarah went to TCU for graduate school.
  6. 6. Alex Mankin, MS student, August 2011 - August 2014
    Thesis title: Provenance and tectonic implications of the middle-late Cenozoic fluvial deposits in the central Rocky Mountains.