Degrees Awarded 2014/2015

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Degrees awarded during the 2014/2015 academic year. Degrees are conferred in September, February and June.

Doctoral Degrees

September 2014

Name Program Advisor Thesis Title
Julien de Wit Planetary Sciences Sara Seager Maps and Masses of Transiting Exoplanets: Towards New Insights into Atmospheric and Interior Properties of Planets
Alejandra Quintanilla Terminel Geophysics Brian Evans Strain Heterogeneity During Creep of Carrara Marble
Maria Gabriela Melo Silva Geophysics Allison Malcolm Using Relative Traveltimes: SVD-Enhanced Seismic Interferometry and Microseismic Location Uncertainty
Michael M. Sori Planetary Sciences Maria Zuber Judging a Planet by Its Cover: Insights into Lunar Crustal Structure and Martian Climate History from Surface Features
Britta M. Voss Chemical Oceanography Edward Boyle Spatial and Temporal Dynamics of Biogeochemical Processes in the Fraser River, Canada: A Coupled Organic-Inorganic Perspective
Di Yang Geophysics Allison Malcolm Full Wavefield Inversion Methods for Monitoring Time-Lapse Subsurface Velocity Changes
Ping Zhai Physical Oceanography

Amy Bower

& Lawrence Pratt


Buoyancy-Driven Circulation in the Red Sea

February 2015

Name Program Advisor Thesis Title
Sudhish K. Bakku Geophysics Michael Fehler Fracture Characterization from Seismic Measurements in a Borehole
Michael P. Byrne Climate Physics and Chemistry Paul O'Gorman Land-Ocean Contrasts Under Climate Change
Frank J. Centinello III Geophysics Maria Zuber Positioning in Geophysics: Applications to GPS Seismology, Airborne Gravimetry, and the Dawn Spacecraft at Vesta
Min Ding Marine Geology and Geophysics

Jian Lin


Lithospheric Dynamics of Earth's Subduction Zones and Martian Tectonic Provinces
Elizabeth J. Drenkard Marine Geology and Geophysics

Anne Cohen

& Daniel McCorkle


Exploring the Climate Change Refugia Potential of Equatorial Pacific Coral Reefs
Katherine L. French Chemical Oceanography Roger Summons Testing the Ancient Marine Redox Record from Oxygenic Photosynthesis to Photic Zone Euxina
Jill M. McDermott Chemical Oceanography

Jeffrey Seewald


Geochemistry of Deep-Sea Hydrothermal Vent Fluids from the Mid-Cayman Rise, Caribean Sea
Jean-Arthur L. Olive Marine Geology and Geophysics

Mark Behn


Mechanical and Geological Controls on the Long-Term Evolution of Normal Faults
Morgan E O'Neill Atmospheric Science Kerry Emanuel A Theory for Polar Cyclones on Giant Planets
Frederick D. Pearce Geophysics Clark Burchfiel Seismic Imaging of the Western Hellenic Subduction Zone: The Relationship Between Slab Composition, Retreat Rate, and Overriding Lithosphere Genesis
Andrew R. Whitehill Geology, Geobiology and Geochemistry Shuhei Ono Mass-Independent Sulfur Isotope Fractionation During Photochemistry of Sulfur Dioxide

June 2015

Name Program Advisor Thesis Title
Andrea R. Dubin Marine Geology and Geophysics




A Magmatic Trigger for the Paleocene Eocene Thermal Maximum?
Marilena Oltmanns Physical Oceanography

Fiamma Straneo


Strong Wind Events across Greenland's Coast and their Influence on the Ice Sheet, Sea Ice and Ocean
Alan Richardson Geophysics Bradford Hager Seismic Imaging Using Internal Multiples and Overturned Waves
Aaron L. Scheinberg Planetary Sciences Lindy Elkins-Tanton The Influence of Core Crystallization and Mantle Overturn on Ancient Dynamos
Andrey H. Shabelansky Geophysics Allison Malcolm Theory and Application of Source Independent Full Wavefield Elastic Converted Phase Seismic Imaging and Velocity Analysis
Aditi Sheshadri Atmospheric Science Alan Plumb Variability of the Stratospheric Polar Vortex and Its Impact on Surface Climate Patterns

Masters Degrees

September 2014

Name Program Advisor Thesis Title
Flora Min Atmospheric Science Susan Solomon Influence of Recent Asian SO2 and Asian NOx Emissions Change (2001 to 2010) on Particulate Matter: Shifts in Asian Sulfate Enhancement over US Surface, Major Production Pathway, and Lifetime
Elise M. Myers Earth and Planetary Sciences Roger Summons Complex Lipids in Microbial Mats and Stromatolites of Hamelin Pool, Shark Bay, Australia

June 2015

Name Program Advisor Thesis Title
Hao-Yu Derek Chang Atmospheric Science Kerry Emanuel Assessing Impact of the Sulfate Aerosol First Indirect Effect on Tropical Cyclone Activity
Neesha R. Schnepf Earth and Planetary Sciences Benjamin Weiss Sensing the Conductivity of the Upper Mantle and Lithosphere Using Ocean Tidal Magnetic Field Satellite Measurements
Sandra M. Shedd Climate Physics and Chemistry Kerry Emanuel Tropical Cyclone Precipitation Risk in the Southern United States
Ho Chit (Hosea) Siu Earth and Planetary Sciences Richard Binzel A Discrete Forward-Modeling Method for Characterizing Occultation Lightcurves of Tenuous Planetary Atmospheres

Bachelors Degrees

June 2015

Name Program Advisor Thesis Title
Casey C. Hilgenbrink Undergraduate Lodovica Illari Understanding the Spatial Distribution of the Southern Hemisphere Near-Surface Westerlies and Its Trends
Kelly A. Kochanski* Undergraduate Bradford Hager Ice and the Apparent Seasonal Variation of GPS Positions for Alaska
Molly R. Kosiarek Undergraduate Richard Binzel First Autonomous Telescope at Wallace Observatory: Impact and Preliminary Results
Hollie M. O'Brien Undergraduate Richard Binzel Variable Star Photometry in a Secondary School Curriculum
James R. Pershken Undergraduate Oliver Jagoutz Controlling Factors on Mesozoic and Cenozoic Metamorphism and Deformation in the Maria Fold and Thrust Belt and Colorado River Extensional Corridor, Southeastern California and Western Arizona
Ashley J. Peters* Undergraduate Richard Binzel A Near-Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Survey of B-Type Asteroids

* Double-Major