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Current Group Members

Min Gao, PhD student, August 2012 - May 2017 (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).

Dissertation title: Subsidence evolution, sediment provenance, and sandstone reservoir quality recorded in the Paleozoic sedimentary rocks in the Forth Worth Basin, north-central Texas.
Lin Li, postdoc, August, 2016-December 2017

Project: Basin subsidence and mountain uplift in the Rockies and central Tibet.
YiQuan Ma, Visiting PhD student

Dissertation project: Lacustrine shale stratigraphy and early Eocene climate recorded in the Jiyang depression in east China.
Lu Zhu, PhD student, August 2015 - May 2019 (expected)

Dissertation title: Calibration of isotope proxies used for paleoaltimetry and middle to late Cenozoic surface uplift in the southern Rocky Mountains.
Conan Godfrey, MS student, August 2014 - December 2016 (expected).

Thesis title: Middle to late Cenozoic continental carbonate: their characteristics and paleoclimate significance.

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 Fans'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. Now with Energy and Exploration Partners
  7. 7. Sara Ayyash, MS student, August 2013 - December 2015.
    Thesis title: No major changes in paleoclimate and paleoenvironment during the Eoceneā€“Oligocene transition in the central Rocky Mountains.
  8. 8. Elizabeth Brown, onors BS student, December 2015-May 2016.
    Thesis title: Constraining the timing and provenance of Cenozoic fluvial sandstone in south Texas using detrital zircon geochronology.