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Name Thesis Advisor & Contact
Emily Allen Emily Spatial distribution of percolation rate in an artificial groundwater recharge system using Fiber-Optic Distributed Temperature Sensing (FODTS) to monitor the effects of basin stage on infiltration rate. Advisor: Dr. Matt Becker
Email: emilymarieallen@gmail.com
David Arellano David Arellano The Henderson Fault at Lone Mountain and Devils Gate, Roberts Mountains, Nevada. Advisor: Dr. Tom Kelty
Email: davidarellano55@gmail.com.com
Michelle Baroldi Michelle Application of infrared sensors and Radon-222 samples to detect fresh water seeps off the coast of Volcanic Islands in the Pacific Ocean.

Advisor: Dr. Matt Becker
Email: mbaroldi@yahoo.com
Bayanaa Bayarjargal Bayanaa Bayarjargel Use of strain analysis and stable isotopic systematics to examine the gold-mineralizing self-organized critical system of the Olon Ovoot, Southern Mongolia.

Thesis completed August 2017.

Advisor: Dr. Tom Kelty
Email: bayanmunkh.bayarjargal@gmail.com
Daniel Boyd TBD Advisor: Dr. Jayne Bormann
Email: TBD.com
Scott Brito Scott Identification of the concentrations and relative mobility of major and minor elements in Easter Island groundwater and principal component analysis on the aquifer and estimation of the mean annual groundwater recharge rate. Advisor: Dr. Ben Hagedorn
Email: sjamesbrito@gmail.com
Nolan Blackford Nolan Evaluation of vertical-axis rotation during Miocene large magnitude extension in the central Mojave Desert, California.

Thesis completed Spring 2017.

Advisor: Dr. Nate Onderdonk
Email: mrblackford672@gmail.com
Vural Cakir TBD Advisor: Dr. Greg Holk
Email: TBD.com
Chris Ciervo Chris Distributed Acoustic Sensing to measurement fracture displaced in a crystalline rock aquifer during periodic well tests at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, New Hampshire. Advisor: Dr. Matt Becker
Email: christopherciervo@gmail.com
Brandy Coats Brandy on Lake My research focuses on the Quaternary rock record of Lake Maharlou in Iran. Using geochemical analyses, I am reconstructing paleoclimate in this region as response to rapid global cooling and warming. Advisor: Dr. Lora Stevens-Landon
Email: brandy.coats@student.csulb.edu
Matt Cole Matt Periodic hydraulic testing to characterize fractured rock aquifers to better understand concepts like flow channelization and short circuiting for geothermal energy production. Advisor: Dr. Matt Becker
Email: mccole72@gmail.com
Emily Daubenmire Emily Fracture analysis of multiple lithologies of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Advisor: Dr. Tom Kelty
Email: emdaubenmire@gmail.com
Ben Davidson Ben Davidson Deformation along the Henderson thrust at Henderson Summit, Vinini Creek, Mineral Hill, and Lone Mountain in Eureka County, Nevada using Dr. Stan Finney's tectonic erratic model: large carbonate masses of underlying autochthonous succession were plucked and carried along in the base of the upper plate of the Henderson thrust. The style of deformation paired with any observed kinematics should provide insight as to whether or not these locations fit the new model. Advisor: Dr. Stan Finney
Email: ben_davidson13@yahoo.com
Maia Davis Maia Spatial and geochemical characterization of anomalous, map-scale carbonate bodies in the Monterey Formation, Santa Maria Basin, California. Advisor: Dr. Rick Behl
Email: maiac.davis@gmail.com
Derik Debaun Derik Stable isotope analysis of silica deposits within the Currant Gap Detachment fault in the southernmost White Pine Range, East Central Nevada. Advisor: Dr. Greg Holk
Email: greeneyedtwin@gmail.com
Daniel Dolan Danny D Structural Evolution of Martian Crater Thaumasia Planum, Mars.

Thesis completed Summer 2017.

Advisor: Dr. Tom Kelty
Email: dannydolan@g.ucla.edu
Kelsey Doiron Kelsey D Compound-specific isotope analysis of biomarkers in lacustrine sediments from Vietnam for paleoclimate reconstruction. Advisor: Dr. Lora Stevens-Landon
Email: kedoiron@gmail.com
Jack Donelan Andrew Elucidating groundwater surface water interaction along the Kern River using Radon-222 mass balance methods. Advisor: Dr. Ben Hagedorn
Email: j.donelan@hotmail.com
Andrew Farris Andrew Investigation of Quaternary deformation of the northern Santa Ynez Valley using fluvial terraces along Zaca Creek. My research focuses on quantifying Quaternary deformation in a strath chronosequence in the Santa Ynez Valley using OSL and a variety of field and GIS based methods.

Thesis completed Spring 2017.

Advisor: Dr. Nate Onderdonk
Email: acfarr54@gmail.com
Jack Farrell Jack Lateral Variation of Siliceous Sedimentary Lithofacies in the Monterey Formation, Belridge-Lost Hills Oil Field Area, Kern County, California. Use of well logs and cores to better understand modes of fine-grained sediment transport in the upper Monterey Formation, Belridge oil field area. Advisor: Dr. Rick Behl
Email: Farrell.john.c@gmail.com
Kristen Faulkner Kirsten Recharge analysis of the Indian Wells Basin, California, using groundwater modeling with geochemical analysis of tritium, radiocarbon, and chloride mass balance Advisor: Dr. Ben Hagedorn
Email: kirstenfaulkner@gmail.com
Leo Giannetta TBD Advisor: Dr. Rick Behl
Email: TBD.com
Matthew Graves Matt Graves Microgravity survey of southwest Long Valley caldera, Mammoth Lakes, California. Department Graduate Advisor: Dr. Lora Stevens-Landon
Email: mg919209@gmail.com
Jeanette Harlow Jeanette I am doing a pioneering study using the USGS soil water balance model on Santa Catalina Island to examine the spacial and temporal recharge patterns of groundwater recharge. Advisor: Dr. Ben Hagedorn
Email: jeanette_harlow@hotmail.com
Carolyn Hillman Carolyn Exploring heterogeneities in a stressed alluvial aquifer using Radon-222 concentrations in groundwater. Advisor: Dr. Ben Hagedorn
Email: carolynalba@gmail.com
Jonathan Jordan Seismic exploration and identification of cryptic faults. Advisor: Dr. Jayne Bormann
Email: jaime.jordan@csulb.edu
Ian McGregor TBD Advisor: Dr. Nate Onderdonk
Email: TBD.com
Cesar Mejia Cesar Mapping in north-central Nevada to study the deformation of Mineral Hill along the Henderson thrust. Searching for kinematic indicators of thrusting to test the Henderson thrust model (Finney et al., 2015). Research has significant implications for geologic mapping and new economic and oil exploration in the region. Advisor: Dr. Stan Finney
Email: cesar.mejia@student.csulb.edu
James Minor James Conducting controlled in situ chemical oxidation experiments, utilizing Fiber Optic Distributed Temperature Sensing (FODTS) to trace oxidant movement through contaminated groundwater. Advisor: Dr. Matt Becker
Email: James.Minor@student.csulb.edu
Megan Mortimer-Lamb TBD Advisor: Dr. Rick Behl
Email: TBD.com
Brendan Neel Wanjiru Application of geochemical methods (major ions, 222Rn, 14C, 13C, 18O, and 2H) to test and further develop a conceptual hydrogeologic model of the Newport Mesa. Advisor: Dr. Ben Hagedorn
Email: brendan.neel@hotmail.com
Ashley Newman Wanjiru I am using fiber optic distributed temperature sensing and geophysical logs from six boreholes to characterize active fracture networks and groundwater flow paths in the San Gabriel Mountains. My research will aid in developing a conceptual framework of the regions hydrogeology for the California High Speed Rail Authority. Advisor: Dr. Matt Becker
Email: ashleynewman981@gmail.com
Wanjiru Njuguna Wanjiru Detailed examination of the lithology of the Miocene Monterey Formation exposed in the sea-cliffs of Malibu, California between Point Dume to Paradise Cove. The ~2400' section is subdivided into four members, each with distinct characteristics and properties. This is the first detailed stratigraphic section to be constructed in this area and furthers understanding of the evolution of the LA Basin and the deposition of the siliciclastic and siliceous succession of the Miocene Monterey Formation.

Thesis completed Spring 2017.

Advisor: Dr. Rick Behl
Email: wanjirunjuguna@hotmail.com
Mo Nonu Mo My thesis is a multi-proxy analyses including total organic carbon (TOC), delta 13C and delta 15N composition of bulk organic material, normal-alkane distribution and biogenic silica of lake sediment that attempts to discern shifts in the North American Precipitation Dipole (NAPD) between the early and late Holocene (~7.5 to 10.8 ka BP and ~1-2 ka BP) at Eagle Lake, CA (40.6540N, 120.7439W). A secondary objective is to determine if human-induced drops in lake level during the 20th century (e.g. the construction of the Bly Tunnel) can be separated from drought-induced drops (e.g. the 1930s drought). Advisor: Dr. Lora Stevens-Landon
Email: mounga.nonu@gmail.com
Patrick O'Connell Patrick Characterizing spatially and temporally heterogeneous infiltration rates at a groundwater recharge basin using distributed temperature sensing, hydraulic, geophysical and sediment data. Assisting Dr. Matt Becker with the development of a long-term infiltration monitoring program for OCWD. Advisor: Dr. Matt Becker
Email: pjoconnell4@gmail.com
Ani Pytlewski Ani Quantifying slip along the Santa Ynez fault using OSL dating of deformed fluvial terraces. Advisor: Dr. Nate Onderdonk
Email: ani.pytlewski@student.csulb.edu
Jeremiah Rose Alex Geophysical interpretation of the Poverty Hills, Northern Owens Valley Fault Zone, Eastern California. Department Graduate Advisor: Dr. Lora Stevens-Landon
Email: jeremiah_rose@hotmail.com
Alex Sedlak Alex Chemostratigraphy of the Miocene Monterey Formation, San Joaquin Basin, California. Advisor: Dr. Rick Behl
Email: alexsedlak@yahoo.com
Peter Shimer Peter I am looking at the Palos Verdes fault on the San Pedro shelf both for oil and gas resources and imaging to determine potential earthquake hazards due to faulting. Advisor: Dr. Robert Francis
Email: pshimer@gmail.com
Mehgan Shimizu Lithological and geochemical characterization of the Alamos Canyon Member of the Peace Valley Formation, California. Advisor: Dr. Lora Stevens-Landon
Email: TBD.com
Casey Slatten Casey Mapping, describing and dating terraces of the lower Santa Ynez River to evaluate the Quaternary activity of the Santa Ynez River fault and other structures at the southern edge of the Santa Maria Basin. Advisor: Dr. Nate Onderdonk
Email: caseyLslatten@gmail.com
Ryan Stewart Ryan S Paleomagnetic study of Santa Catalina Island to test models of vertical-axis rotation in southern California. Advisor: Dr. Nate Onderdonk
Email: rstewy2@gmail.com
Michael Thompson Michael A revised map and tectonic model of the Palos Verdes Fault Zone offshore Southern California using seismic reflection profiles, well logs, and bathymetry data.

Thesis completed Fall 2016.

Advisor: Dr. Robert Francis
Email: mthompson22@gmail.com
James Uroff TBD Advisor: Dr. Greg Holk
Email: TBD.com
Liz Vasquez Michael I'm doing a fault study for potentially active faults in north central Mongolia using both field measurements and geomorphic indices. Advisor: Dr. Tom Kelty
Email: labyrinth083@gmail.com
Ryan Weller Ryan W Compositional and diagenetic relationships and controls of mechanical behavior in siliceous mudstones of the upper Monterey Formation, Belridge Oilfield, San Joaquin Basin, California. Advisor: Dr. Rick Behl
Email: ryweller@gmail.com
AJ White Ryan W Fecal stanol analysis of sediment from Horseshoe Lake, IL to construct 1000-year population proxy of the Cahokia archaeological complex. Advisor: Dr. Lora Stevens-Landon
Email: ajwhitesemail@gmail.com
Yannick Wirtz Yannick Measuring the amount of shortening across the Santa Maria Basin at a variety of scales. Thesis completed Fall 2017. Advisor: Dr. Nate Onderdonk
Email: ywirtz@earthconsultants.com