David Shuster


Noble gas geochemistry, thermochronometry, and cosmogenic nuclide observations applied to problems involving alpine glacial erosion, chemical weathering, lunar impacts and magnetism, and thermal conditions of Martian meteorites; Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission and sample collection.


Daniel Stolper

Associate Professor

I’m a geochemist with interests in a variety of problems related to the rock record, microbiology, and biogeochemical cycles in the present and past. My approach to scientific problems is centered around linking experiments and physically based models to natural observations in an integrated fashion and, when necessary, developing new methods and techniques. My lab is centered around mass spectrometric measurements of experimental and environmental samples. I addition to being a professor at UC Berkeley, I also am a Faculty Scientist in the Earth & Envrionmental Sciences Area at...

Nicholas Swanson-Hysell

Associate Professor

Nicholas Swanson-Hysell is an Earth scientist whose research seeks to place quantitative constraints on the long-term evolution of Earth through integrating geophysical and geochemical data sets that are developed within a rigorous geologic context. A major focus of this research is on paleomagnetic and rock magnetic data sets, often from stratigraphic sequences, that his research group develops in order to test hypotheses about the migrating positions of continents (paleogeography), changes to the surface environment (particularly planetary climate change), and the evolution of...

Chi-Yuen Wang

Professor of the Graduate School

Hans-Rudolf Wenk

Professor of the Graduate School

Rudy Wenk joined the Department in 1967. His research is in crystallography, mineralogy, structural geology and rock deformation. Most recently (see research interests and publications), emphasis has been on understanding seismic anisotropy in the earth by investigating the development of preferred orientation under expreme conditions (temperature and pressure) with neutron diffraction, synchrotron x-rays and electron microscopy. The research is funded by NSF and DOE. He wrote an introductory mineralogy book, published by CambridgeUniversity Press. A new edition has appeared in 2016...

Penny Wieser

Assistant Professor

I am an igneous petrologist and volcanologist using erupted melts, crystals, gases and volcanic aerosols to understand volcanic systems. My research group at the moment are trying to find better ways to work out the depth of magma storage in volcanic systems, and to better understand the release of volatile elements such as S into the Earth's atmosphere. We use a combination of state-of-the art microanalysis (e.g. Raman spectroscopy, SEM, EPMA, LA-ICP-MS) and Open-source Python3 tools to model the data we get!

Weiqiang Zhu

Assistant Professor

Weiqiang Zhu (Way-Chyang)

My research focuses on understanding earthquake physics and statistics by applying cutting-edge artificial intelligence and scientific computing methods to gain new insights from large seismic datasets.

Machine Learning/Deep Learning for Geophysical Signal Discovery Applying deep learning to detecting hidden earthquake signals from large seismic datasets to understand complex earthquake sequences and fault zone structures. Applying cloud computing to large-scale data mining to build high-resolution earthquake catalogs for studying...