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Ryan J McCarty at Torrey Pines State Reserve

Ryan J McCarty, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Geological & Environmental Sciences

Department of Geological & Environmental Sciences

Ryan J McCarty is a graduate student pursuing research with the Silicate Materials and Solid State NMR Group, under the direction of Dr. Jonathan F. Stebbins.


Tess Menotti, Graduate Student, Department of Geological & Environmental Sciences

Department of Geological & Environmental Sciences

Tess is a 4th year PhD Candidate in the Basin and Petroleum System Modeling group, where she is studying the evolution of the Salinas Basin, California.  She is interested in exploring the potential of numerical basin models as means of defining the tectonic, diagenetic and thermal history in a complicated tectonic setting.  Her research delves in 1D thermal modeling, silica diagenesis, petroleum geochemistry, and 3D strike-slip basin modeling.  She received her B.S. in Geosciences from Penn State University in 2006, and worked in the natural gas industry in the Appalachian Basin prior to joining BPSM.


Andrew V. Mott, PhD Candidate, Department of Geological & Environmental Sciences

Department of Geological & Environmental Sciences

My main projects focus on: (1) Characterization of the newly discovered
Karrat REE deposit, West Greenland, (2) REE partitioning between zircon
and garnet in UHP/HP environments, North Qaidam terrane, China


PhD Candidate, Joey Nelson

Joey Michael Nelson, PhD Candidate

Department of Geological & Environmental Sciences


Nora Nieminski, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Geological & Environmental Sciences

Department of Geological & Environmental Sciences

I am a PhD student (currently in my 3rd year) working with Steve Graham and Don Lowe, in the Sedimentary Research Group. My research investigates the evolution of sedimentary basins and their source terranes. My dissertation is focused on field studies in both Namibia and New Zealand where I am studying the interaction of tectonics with stratigraphic architecture, sediment transport pathways, and provenance of two very different deep-water depositional systems. Please click on my profile for more information.


Aaron Palke, PhD Candidate, Department of Geological & Environmental Sciences

Department of Geological & Environmental Sciences