Earth Evolution

Ryoko Oono

Ryoko Oono is an evolutionary ecologist focusing on plant-microbe interactions. Dr. Oono earned her BA degree at Carleton College and her PhD in plant biology at the University of Minnesota where she studied the evolutionary stability of the legume-rhizobia symbiosis. As a postdoctoral fellow of NIH’s Molecular Mycology and Pathogenesis Training Program at Duke University and NC State University, she studied foliar fungal endophytes and their relationship with pine hosts in southeastern U.S.

Morgan Raven

Morgan is an organic geochemist and geobiologist. Since finishing her PhD at Caltech in 2016, she has worked as an Agouron Geobiology Fellow at Washington U. in St Louis and joined the UC Santa Barbara Earth Science faculty in July 2018.

Kristin Morell

Dr. Morell's research looks at how and why deformation is actively accumulating, using a combination of methods in field geology, river longitudinal profile analysis, low temperature thermochronology and erosion rate estimation. We are particularly focused on how the Himalaya are potentially seismically segmented along strike and are interested in the forcings that might drive this segmentation.

Samantha Stevenson

My research goals relate to understanding how large-scale climate variability responds to changes in climate, how we can improve our inferences of those changes using paleoclimate archives, and using that information to improve the representation of climate variability in climate models.

Zachary Eilon

My research covers several aspects of structural seismology, with a focus on answering fundamental questions about tectonic processes using seismic tools. I have worked on research projects in Papua New Guinea, Iceland, Greece, Cascadia, and Ethiopia. My primary areas of expertise are seismic tomography, anisotropy, and attenuation.

Stanley Awramik

My research interests center on understanding the early history of life on Earth. The major focus is on the fossil record during the Archean and Proterozoic, specifically on microbial fossils and stromatolites.

Roberta Rudnick

My research focuses on the origin and evolution of the continents, including the continental lithospheric mantle. Emphasis is placed on integration of data from a wide diversity of sources, including petrography, petrology, major and trace element geochemistry, isotope geochemistry, and geophysics in order to determine the bulk crust composition of the crust, the processes that have influenced its composition through time and why the Earth has continents. I have also been investigating the lithium isotope system as a tool for tracing fluid flow, continental weathering and crustal recycling.

Phil Gans

My interests lie in the general fields of structural geology and tectonics and are focused on deformational and thermal processes within the continental lithosphere. My research is mainly in the field of Extensional Tectonics and is focused on exactly how continents rift and the relationship between extension and magmatism. I make most of my observations and draw much of my scientific inspiration from field-based investigations.

Bodo Bookhagen

Understanding Quaternary climate change, geomorphic processes, landscape evolution, and tectonic processes through integrated studies involving cosmogenic radionuclide dating, recent and past climatic records, remote sensing, numerical modeling, and field observations


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