Scientists & Academic Federation Members

Academic Personnel Scientists & Academic Federation

Irina Delusina photo portrait

Irina Delusina
Assistant Project Scientist
Ph.D., Tallinn Institute of Geology, Estonia (1989)
3242 Earth & Physical Sci | 530-752-1861

High-resolution records of climate change from ocean and lake environments as determined by palynological analyses. Reconstruction of vegetational history of late-glacial environment and its paleoclimatic implications. Evidence for the response of plant communities to climatic oscillations and analysis of environmental parameters responsible for vegetational alteration. Current research projects encompass California and the Caribbean region, including the palynological study of vegetation evolution and optimal conditions for the formation of peat in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and marine sediments of the Cariaco Basin of Caribbean Sea as a source of information for paleoclimate reconstruction in a Neotropical region during late-glacial/Holocene transition.

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Lorraine Hwang
Academic Coordinator for CIG
Ph.D., California Institute of Technology (1990)
2215 Earth & Physical Sci | 530-752-3656
Computational Infrastructure for Geodynamics (CIG)

Seismology, geologic carbon sequestration and induced seismicity.

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Hiroaki Matsui
Associate Research Scientist
Ph.D., Tohoku University
1227 Math Sciences | 530-752-0547
Computational Infrastructure for Geodynamics (CIG), Geophysics

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Ann Russell
Associate Research Scientist, retired on recall
Ph.D., University of Washington (1994)
2211 Earth & Physical Sci | 530-752-3311

Paleoceanography and chemical oceanography. Dr. Russell's research focuses on development and application of geochemical tracers of changes in ocean chemistry, including metals and stable isotopes in foraminiferal shells, and redox-sensitive metals in bulk sediments. Ann uses these geochemical tracers to reconstruct changes in ocean temperature, carbon chemistry, and redox environment from deep-sea sediment cores.

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Dylan Spaulding
Assistant Project Scientist
Ph.D., UC Berkeley (2010)
104 Shockwave Lab | 530-754-7014
Planetary Science, Geophysics

Planetary formation and evolution. Dr. Spaulding conducts shock compression experiments on light gas gun platforms to investigate material properties at high pressures and temperatures. In the laboratory, Dylan investigates how materials change under extreme conditions, including the aftermath of large impact events and in the deep interiors of planets. This may include measuring equations of state, phase relations, pressure-induced chemistry and shock-induced changes in samples, all of which seek to constrain the question of how to make a habitable planet.

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Peter Thy
Project Scientist
Ph.D., University of Aarhus (1982)
2234 Earth & Physical Sci | 530-752-1802

Igneous petrology of gabbros and basalts. Detailed petrographic, mineralogical and chemical studies to understand petrogenesis and crystallization. Current research includes gabbroic intrusions and plateau basalts of the North Atlantic province (Skaergaard intrusion, East Greenland, Iceland). Ocean gabbros and crustal formation (Indian Ocean). Ophiolites (Cyprus and Turkey). Formation of ash and slag in biomass-fueled power plants.