Current Research Opportunities
This page last updated November 2019.
NSF REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) opportunities in mineral physics, planetary interiors, and methane hydrate research.
Additionally, Dr. Lin helps connect students with summer research internships in Japan, Taiwan, Korea, and China
The response of creek ecosystems to restoration efforts in Urbanized watersheds
Using Waller creek as a case study, we synthesize data from environmental sensors, measures of organic matter dynamics, and surveys of algal biomass and production to assess whether large-scale restoration efforts lead to “sustainable” creek ecosystems – meaning that the energy produced within the creek ecosystem (including riparian) can provide enough energy to sustain diverse creek communities. I currently need upper division students to conduct research on 1) spatio-temporal dynamics of dissolved organic matter, 2) seasonal shifts in algal production in relation to anthropogenic nutrient influxes, and 3) work with environmental sensor data to assess whether/how specific hydrologic changes alter metabolic regimes in creeks – as measured by dissolved oxygen dynamics.
The Stockli research group has a long tradition of involving undergraduate students in field and laboratory based research. For example:
- “Long-term cooling history of Llano Uplift” – Claire Andrews (2017)
- “Detrital Provenance of Pennsylvanian Strawn and Cisco sandstones in central Texas” – P. Standring and T. Ditges (2020)
2019 Undergraduate Research Opportunities (more possibilities)
- Libyan Glass – Geochronology of meteorite Impact Glass the Sahara Desert (lab)
- U-Pb of calcite veins in the Oman ophiolite by LA-ICP-MS (lab)
- Detrital Provenance of the Permian Delaware Mountain Group in West Texas (field and lab)
Below are details of current research projects with opportunities for undergraduate students. Please contact the lead PI (Principal Investigator) for more information.
|Principal Investigator(s)||Project||hours / week||Timing||Field component|
|Thorsten Becker||Numerical modeling of flat slab subduction and slab-continental plate interactions||~10||summer project, with continued work in the semester||Potential for field work in Colombia, but numerical modeling focused|
|Thorsten Becker||Fault localization in southern California from broadband seismic data – analysis of receiver function and shear wave splitting data||10||summer project, with continued work in the semester||Potential for field work in southern California, but seismological data analysis focused|
|Ian Dalziel & Brian Horton||Detrital zircon studies bearing on paleogeographic reconstructions of the South Atlantic region||15||Jan-August 2020||No field work; the samples will be collected in the Falkland/Malvinas Islands by Ian Dalziel during November 2019.|
|Ginny Catania||Outlet glacier terminus changes||10||flexible – summer or in semester||None|
|John Snedden||Gulf of Mexico Depositional Systems||~10-20||flexible – summer or in semester||None|
|Jud Partin||Help to micro-milk samples and prepare machines for analytics measurements||~10-20||summer||Yes|
|Nick Hayman (lead), Matthew Balhoff (Petroleum Engineering)||Experimental investigation of viscoplastic polymeric gels||10||Fall-spring 2020-2021||None – lab based|
|Chris Lowery||Picking foraminifera for stable isotope analysis of End Cretaceous Mass Extinction.||10||summer||None|
|Chris Lowery||Grain size analysis of sediments to reconstruct plankton size distribution after End Cretaceous Mass Extinction||10||spring||None|
|Steve Phillips, Chris Lowery||Sea level rise on the Texas coast and response of salt marsh greenhouse gas cycling||10||summer||Yes- sediment coring, gas flux measurements, and core analysis|
|Sean Gulick, Gail Christeson||Mapping the infilling of the Chicxulub crater using geophysical data||~5-10||summer and/or in semester||Possible|
|Duncan Young, Don Blankenship||Reconciling Antarctic englacial layers using the Landmark seismic package||20||spring-summer||None|
|Duncan Young, Jamin Greenbaum, Cyril Grima||Documenting 30 years of radar data interpretations for release to a international compilation of Antarctic ice thickness data||20||spring-summer||None|