Scientists & Academic Federation Members

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Irina Delusina
Paleoclimate and Paleoenvironmental Change
office: 3242 Earth and Physical Sciences
phone: (530) 752-1861
email: idelusina@ucdavis.edu

Irina Delusina

Assistant Project Scientist
Ph.D., Tallinn Institute of Geology, Estonia, formerly Academy of Science of USSR (1989) 

High-resolution records of climate change from ocean and lake environments as determined by palynological analyses. Reconstruction of vegetational history of late-glacial environment and its paleoclimatic implications. Evidence for the response of plant communities to climatic oscillations and analysis of environmental parameters responsible for vegetational alteration. Current research projects encompass California and the Caribbean region, including the palynological study of vegetation evolution and optimal conditions for the formation of peat in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and marine sediments of the Cariaco Basin of Caribbean Sea as a source of information for paleoclimate reconstruction in a Neotropical region during late-glacial/Holocene transition.

Geophysics

Donna Eberhart-Phillips
GeophysicsStructural Geology and Tectonics
office: 2209 Earth and Physical Sciences
phone: (530) 752-0350
email: eberhartphillips@ucdavis.edu

Donna Eberhart-Phillips

Research Scientist
Ph. D. Stanford University (1989)

Modelling of three-dimensional seismic velocity structure and material properties; and seismotectonic analysis of active deformation. Motivated to integrate 3-D velocity and attenuation models with other geophysics and to use 3-D velocity models to understand the effects of heterogeneous material properties, to extend beyond simply interpreting crustal structure. Current research efforts have focused on New Zealand and Alaska, with emphasis on understanding subduction processes and the transition from subduction to collision. Recent work with imaging 3D attenuation structure is valuable for interpreting tectonic processes that involve fluids, and also has application to engineering response spectra.

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William E. Glassley
phone: (505) 795-6709
email: wglassley@ucdavis.edu

William E. Glassley

Researcher
Director of the California Geothermal Energy Collaborative
Ph.D., University of Washington, Seattle (1973)

Primary interests are in metamorphic processes, fluid/rock interaction and continental growth. Research involves combining detailed field studies of rock features and structural data with whole rock and mineral geochemistry, microstructural studies, petrography and geochronology, to resolve the details of processes that affect crustal evolution. Also interested in using these same methods to understand the nature and evolution of geothermal systems. Current research efforts focus on the evolution of deep continental crust in West Greenland, as well as geothermal systems in California, New Mexico and other parts of the world.

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Lorraine Hwang
office: 2215 Earth and Physical Sciences
phone: (530) 752-3656
email: lorraine@geodynamics.org

Lorraine Hwang

Academic Coordinator for Computational Infrastructure for Geodynamics (CIG)
Ph.D., California Institute of Technology (1990) 

Seismology, geologic carbon sequestration and induced seismicity.

http://www.geodynamics.org

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Oliver Kreylos
office: 2306 Academic Surge
phone: (530) 754-5655
email: okreylos@ucdavis.edu

Oliver Kreylos

Associate Research Computer Scientist
Ph.D., University of California, Davis (2003) 

Scientific visualization, computer graphics, virtual reality, human-computer interaction. Research focuses on the development of techniques to apply virtual reality display systems and human-computer interaction devices such as the KeckCAVES to scientific research, primarily in the Earth and physical sciences. Concretely, this involves development of visualization software to create three-dimensional renderings of scientific data, development of interaction techniques to extract observations and quantitative derived data from these data, and development of support software to drive novel display and user interface hardware. Current projects include: interactive exploration of 3D gridded data from numerical simulation or tomography; interactive analysis of massive 3D point cloud data from high-resolution laser scanning; tele-presence with holographic 3D video to support distributed collaborative scientific analysis.

http://idav.ucdavis.edu/~okreylos

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Hiroaki Matsui
office: 1227 Math Sciences Bldg.
phone: (530) 752-0547
email: hrmatsui@ucdavis.edu

Hiroaki Matsui

Associate Research Scientist
Ph.D., Tohoku University

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John Naliboff
Geophysics; Structural Geology and Tectonics
office: 1227 Mathematical Sciences Building
email: jbnaliboff@ucdavis.edu

John Naliboff

Assistant Project Scientist
Ph.D., University of Michigan (2009)

Computational geodynamics, geophysics, tectonics and structural geology. My research focuses on determining the relative influence of plate driving forces and lithospheric rheology on tectonic deformation patterns over a wide range of spatial and temporal scales. To investigate the origins of observed deformation patterns, I use forward modeling of lithospheric and mantle convection processes to constrain existing or newly obtained structural and geophysical observations. Active projects include investigations of the global lithospheric stress field, outer rise deformation in the Tonga subduction system and continental extension in the North Atlantic and Gulf of California. I am also beginning projects associated with the development and testing of long-term tectonics software capable of simulating high-resolution, 3-D lithospheric deformation processes.

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Susann Pinter
Mathematics and Science Teaching Program
office: 104 Everson Hall
phone: (530) 754-1056
email: spinter@ucdavis.edu

Susann Pinter

Academic Coordinator/Lecturer, Mathematics and Science Teaching Program (MAST)

http://mast.ucdavis.edu

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Ann D. Russell
Paleoclimate and Paleoenvironmental Change
office: 3242 Earth and Physical Sciences
phone: (530) 752-3311
email: adrussell@ucdavis.edu

Ann D. Russell

Associate Research Scientist, retired
Ph.D., University of Washington (1994)

Paleoceanography and chemical oceanography. Research focuses on development and application of geochemical tracers of changes in ocean chemistry, including metals and stable isotopes in foraminiferal shells, and redox-sensitive metals in bulk sediments. She uses these geochemical tracers to reconstruct changes in ocean temperature, carbon chemistry, and redox environment from deep-sea sediment cores.

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Dylan Spaulding
Planetary Science
office: 104 Shockwave Lab
phone: (530) 754-7014
email: dkspaulding@ucdavis.edu

Dylan Spaulding

Assistant Project Scientist
Ph.D., UC Berkeley (2010)

Planetary formation and evolution. My research includes using static (diamond anvil cell) and dynamic (shock wave compression) to investigate material properties at high pressures and temperatures. In the laboratory, I investigate how materials change under extreme conditions, including the aftermath of large impact events and in the deep interiors of planets. This may include measuring equations of state, phase relations, pressure-induced chemistry and shock-induced changes in samples, all of which seek to constrain the question of how to make a habitable planet.

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Mary-Betty Stevenson
Mathematics and Science Teaching Program
office: 104 Everson Hall
phone: (530) 754-9148
email: mbstevenson@ucdavis.edu

Mary-Betty Stevenson

Academic Coordinator/Lecturer, Mathematics and Science Teaching Program (MAST)

http://mast.ucdavis.edu

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Peter Thy
Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, NEAT
office: 1105 Earth and Physical Sciences
phone: (530) 752-1802
email: pthy@ucdavis.edu

Peter Thy

Project Scientist
Ph.D., University of Aarhus (1982)

Igneous petrology of gabbros and basalts. Detailed petrographic, mineralogical and chemical studies to understand petrogenesis and crystallization. Current research includes gabbroic intrusions and plateau basalts of the North Atlantic province (Skaergaard intrusion, East Greenland, Iceland). Ocean gabbros and crustal formation (Indian Ocean). Ophiolites (Cyprus and Turkey). Formation of ash and slag in biomass-fueled power plants.

http://mygeologypage.ucdavis.edu/thy

M. Burak Yikilmaz

Assistant Research Scientist
Ph.D., University of California, Davis (2010) 

Structural geology, tectonics, geodynamics, and geoinformatics. Research interests include fault interaction and crustal deformation using geodetic data and numerical simulations, application of machine learning techniques to Earth Sciences with an emphasis on classification and anomaly detection. Also interested in 2D/3D data visualization, statistical data analysis, and low cost virtual reality systems. Primary collaborator on the Augmented Reality Sandbox project (https://arsandbox.ucdavis.edu). Currently working with informal science education centers on an NSF funded project to improve STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) education by providing 3D visualizations of the major lakes and reservoirs of the world to enhance public awareness and increase understanding and stewardship of freshwater lake ecosystems, habitats, and earth science processes.