Current Students and Postdocs
Molly is coming to WHOI as a prestigious NSF postdoctoral fellow, with a PhD from the University of Florida. As a seagoing marine scientist and geochemist, Molly studied the elemental and isotopic variability of mid-ocean ridge basalts to explore spatial and temporal changes in the oceanic mantle. At WHOI, she will focus her research on mantle-derived rocks from the East Pacific rise and the Mariana trench region to decipher the origin and distribution of volatiles in the solid Earth using primarily nitrogen and noble gases (under Pete Barry's mentorship) and other geochemical techniques.
Namitha first came to WHOI in 2022 as a a Summer Student Fellow (undergraduate student) from the University of Michigan. She worked on investigating the processes that control deformation in the lower oceanic crust and its role in plate tectonics (collaborative project with postdoctoral investigator Rellie Goddard and WHOI scientist Andy Cross). Namitha entered the MIT-WHOI Joint Program in 2023 and is now working on volatile distribution in abyssal peridotites by SIMS for her phD, as well as on noble gas projects with Pete Barry.
Emmanuel started his PhD in June 2017. Emmanuel works on the role of mélange-peridotite interaction in the generation of arc magmas by performing high-pressure high-temperature experiments. With Frieder Klein, he works on hydrothermal alteration of ultramafic and mafic rocks. Emmanuel uses a combination of field, experimental and modeling approach to pursue his research.
Emmanuel started a prestigious Carnegie postdoctoral scholarship at the end of 2022.
Ben graduated from the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Feb 2021 and worked on volatile distribution in hydrous and anhydrous mantle minerals using ion microprobe technique in order to understand fluid cycling in the mantle and crust.
Ben was a postdoctoral investigator at WHOI for a few months. He was offered a prestigious NSF fellowship and is now a postdoctoral fellow at University of Michigan.
Emily came in 2017 as a Doherty Postodoctoral scholar at WHOI and was working on (U-Th)/He thermochronology and trace element geochemistry to 1) date magnetite that form during fluid alteration, 2) investigate the geochemical fingerprints of serpentinization at different tectonic settings, and 3) constrain the thermal history of mantle peridotites.
She is now Assistant professor at USC.
Ayla had been a visiting postdoc based at Brown University and Princeton University before starting a postdoctoral fellowship at WHOI in the Fall of 2017. We collaborated on micro-CT acquisition of faceting experiments and melt inclusion work in Antartica.
She is now Assistant Professor at Stanford university.
Alicia 'Cici' Cruz-Uribe
Cici came in 2015 as a postdoctoral fellow sponsored by Horst Marschall and Glenn Gaetani to work on melting of pure melange materials from Syros (Greece). We collaborated on experiments that she conducted throughout her stay at WHOI.
She is now the Edward Sturgis Grew Assistant Professor School of Earth and Climate Science at the University of Maine.
Taylor came in 2017 as a Summer Student Fellow working on the formation of pyroxenites in the Josephine Ophiolite (Oregon). He used EPMA, LA-ICP-MS, REE closure temperatures and Nd isotopes by MC-ICP-MS to decipher the timing of vein formation in the mantle. Taylor pursued this project as part of his master thesis at Brown University.
He is now Research Assistant at Rice University (Houston, TX).
Keiji came as a Northeastern University's Co-op program student (Jan-June 2015) to work on secondary-ion mass spectrometry measurements at WHOI (NENIMF). Keiji's project was to measure low concentrations of volatiles in mantle rock minerals to understand fluid cycling and hydrous melt percolation in subduction zones.
He is now Senior Museum Specialist at the American Museum of Natural History
Marienel applied to work in Le Roux's laboratory with the Partnership Education Program during summer 2014. Her internship was eventually extended with a guest student appointment. She performed high-pressure high-temperature experiments to investigate the fate of seawater in the deep Earth.
Ning was a MIT/WHOI Joint Program student (supervisor L. Keigwin) who temporarily abandoned his beloved foraminifera to performed high-pressure high-temperature experiments and ion microprobe analyses for one of his pre-generals projects in 2013.
Ning is now a professor at East China Normal University.