School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences
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Assistant Professor of Geological Sciences
BioProf. Lapôtre leads the Earth & Planetary Surface Processes group. His research focuses on the physics behind sedimentary and geomorphic processes that shape planetary surfaces (including Earth's), and aims to untangle what landforms and rocks tell us about the past hydrology, climate, and habitability of planets.
C.L. Peck, Class of 1906 Professor in the School of Engineering and Professor, by courtesy, of Geological Sciences
BioLeckie investigates chemical pollutant behavior in natural aquatic systems and engineered processes, specifically the environmental aspects of surface and colloid chemistry and the geochemistry of trace elements. New research efforts are focused on the development of techniques and models for assessment of exposure of humans to toxic chemicals. Specific attention has been paid to the evaluation of exposure of young children to toxic chemicals. Other interests include technology transfer and the development of environmental science programs in developing nations.
Assistant Professor of Geological Sciences
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsI am interested in morphological evolution. I approach this broad topic by investigating how interactions among form, function, and environment have influenced evolutionary patterns in plant reproductive structures over million-year time scales. This approach requires synthesizing information from different disciplines, and my work uses approaches from paleontology, biomechanics, phylogenetics, and biogeography.
Ph.D. Student in Geological and Environmental Sciences
BioXiaowei Li maintains broad interests in marine and lacustrine sedimentology, stratigraphy, and geochemistry. His current research is primarily focused on outcrop-based studies of reservoir-scale heterogeneity in carbonate platform architecture and porosity, dolomitization processes, and numerical modeling of stratigraphy and diagenesis.
Professor of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Emeritus
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsPetrochemical processes and tectonics of ultrahigh-pressure metamorphic terranes
Professor of Geological Sciences, Emeritus
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsRESEARCH (see PUBLICATIONS)
Process-based characterization of hydrologic response based upon field observation and numerical simulation.
TEACHING (courses taught, many times each)
Leland Stanford Junior University (8,431 days):
GES-43Q Environmental Problems, GES-130 Environmental Earth Sciences I, GES-131 Environmental Earth Sciences II, GES-130 Soil Physics and Hydrology, GES-131 Hydrologically-Driven Landscape Evolution, GES-140 Geomorphology, GES-230 Hydrogeology, GES-332b Seminar in Hydrogeology, GES-237 Surface and Near-Surface Hydrologic Response, GES-238 Soil Physics, & GES-239 Advanced Geomorphology
University of California - Berkeley (2,222 days):
FRM109 Wildland Hydrology, SS150 Soil Hydrology, SS235 Soil Science Seminar, SS250 Vadose Zone Modeling, & SS251 Hillslope Hydrology
University of Hawaii - Manoa (~ 1,000 days):
GG455 Groundwater Geology, GG654 Groundwater Contamination, GG655 Groundwater Modeling, & GG656 Transport Modeling
GROUP MEMBERS (with degrees earned):
John Griggs PhD, Jennifer Kleveno MS, Robert Miyahira MS, Ephraim Leon-Guerrero MS, Robert Abrams MS, Ricardo Diaz-Diaz Post Doctoral Fellow, Erik Wahlstrom MS, Robert Abrams PhD, Robert Abrams Post Doctoral Fellow, Jim Blanke MS CoTerm, Anona Dutton MS CoTerm, D’Artagnan Lloyd MS, Melissa Mills MS, Edzer Pebesma Visiting Scholar, Iris Stewart PhD, Luis Ugalde MS, Joel VanderKwaak Post Doctoral Fellow, Dennis Corwin Visiting Scholar, Leigh Soutter PhD, Robert Abrams Research Associate, Qihua Ran MS, Lauren Benson MS CoTerm, Qihua Ran PhD, Adrianne Carr PhD, Christopher Heppner PhD, Susan BeVille MS CoTerm, Brian Ebel PhD, Brian Ebel Post Doctoral Fellow, Benjamin Mirus PhD, Mollie Pettit MS, Kristin Mayer MS, Matthew Thomas PhD, & Matthew Thomas Post Doctoral Fellow
SERVICE (US Army - volunteer - 1,096 days active duty - Rank SP5)
Helicopter Crew Chief
MOS 67N20 - UH-1H Huey "slick"
MOS 67Y20 - AH-1G Cobra "snake"
"611th Delta Riggers" (crew chief, door gunner, rigger)
Saigon, Vung Tau, Vien Long Army Airfield (1st Aviation Brigade), Can Tho Army Airfield (1st Aviation Brigade), & Bien Hoa Air Base - Army side (1st Cavalry Division)
Fort Wayne (MI), Fort Knox (KY), Fort Eustis (VA), Fort Stewart (GA), Hunter Army Airfield (GA), Treasure Island (CA), Fort Carson (CO), & Fort Benning (GA)
Max Steineke Professor in Earth Sciences
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsClastic sedimentology, deep-water sedimentation mechanics and facies; Archean depositional systems and crustal development