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Meet Our Officers (2021-2022)


Catherine is a first year Master's student working with Dr. Hiroko Kitajima on the Hikurangi Margin studying rock strength as it develops with depth through the subduction zone. She graduates from Texas A&M in August with her B.S. in Geology with a minor in Geophysics. Catherine spent a lot of time involved in undergraduate research with both Dr. Kitajima and with Dr. Denise Kulhanek at IODP. In her spare time, Catherine enjoys baking, hiking, and reading.

Catherine Lloyd


Emily is a 3rd year PhD student working with Dr. Nicholas Perez, studying tectonic and inherited, pre-orogenic, controls on upper crustal deformation in North America and the Central Andes using various geochemical techniques. She obtained a B.S. in Geology from Sonoma State University and a Master’s in Geology from the University of Idaho. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in the mining industry. In her spare time, Emily enjoys mountain biking, skiing, and hiking.

Emily White



Casey is a 2nd year Masters student working with Dr. Hiroko Kitajima, studying the effect of pore pressure on extension and hybrid fractures . He obtained a B.S. in Geological Engineering and B.S. in Geology/Geophysics from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. After graduation, he hopes to pursue a career in the energy industry in geophysical exploration. In his spare time, he enjoys hockey, rugby, and hiking.

Casey Ruplinger


Tim is a sophomore undergraduate student, pursuing a B.S. in geophysics. He transferred from the Lone Star College system in the spring of 2021, and before that served six years in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear electronics technician, including three years on the USS Alabama. His interests include hiking, camping, and fishing.

Timothy Nix


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