Faculty and Staff

Michael Lamb
Professor of Geology

California Institute of Technology
MC 170-25
Pasadena, CA 91125
ph: 626-395-3612
Curriculum Vitae

Brian Fuller
Laboratory Manager and Staff Scientist

Earth Surface Dynamics Laboratory
Central Engineering Services Bldg.
MC 110-85
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA 91125
ph: 626-395-2465

Janice A. Grancich
Administrative Assistant

MC 170-25
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA 91125


Tom Ulizio
Staff Scientist

Postdoctoral Scholars

Marisa Palucis
Postdoctoral Scholar; NSF Fellow

Project: Debris flows


Mark Torres
Caltech Prize Postdoc; AGEP Postdoctoral Scholar

Graduate Students

Mathieu Lapotre
Graduate Student


Project: Waterfall erosion on Earth and Mars

Austin Chadwick
Graduate Student

Mechanics of river deltas and their response to sea-level changes

Alistair Hayden
Graduate Student

Rivers on Mars

Undergraduate Student Research Fellows

Kirby Sikes
Research Assistant

Delta Experiments

Brian Zdeb
SURF student

Debris flow modeling

Former Postdocs

Ben Mackey, Caltech Postdoc 2009-2011
Now Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Canterbury

Ryan Ewing, Caltech Postdoc 2009 - 2011
Now Assistant Professor at Texas A&M

Phairot Chatanantavet, Caltech Postdoc 2011 - 2013
Now Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Montana

Adam Booth, Caltech Postdoc 2012 - 2013
Now Assistant Professor, Portland State University

Roman DiBiase, Caltech Postdoc 2011 - 2014
Now Assistant Professor, Penn State University

Dirk Scherler, Caltech Postdoc 2012 - 2014
*main advisor J.-P. Avouac.  Now at GFZ-Potsdam.

Vamsi Ganti, Caltech Postdoc 2013 - 2015
Now Lecturer, Imperial College

Isaac Larsen, Caltech Prize Postdoc 2013 - 2015
Now Assistant Professor, U. Massachusetts Amherst

Florent Gimbert, Postdoc 2013 - 2015
*V. Tsai main advisor, Now at GFZ - Potsdam

Former Graduate Students

Ajay Limaye, PhD 2014, "Valley Evolution by Meandering Rivers"
Now postdoctoral scholar at U. Minnesota.

Joel Scheingross, PhD 2015, "Mechanics of Sediment Transport and Bedrock Erosion in Steep Landscapes"
Now postdoctoral scholar at GFZ, Potsdam.

Jeff Prancevic, PhD 2016, "Sediment Mobility in Steep Channels and the Transition to Landsliding"
Now postdoctoral scholar at ETH, Zurich.

Luca Malatesta, PhD 2016 (J-P Avouac main advisor), Now postdoctoral scholar at UC - Santa Cruz.

Former Undergraduate and High-School Research Fellows

Eric Keinsasser (Occidental College), SURF 2010, Boulder transport in steep channels.

Mariya Levina (Caltech), SURF 2010 - 2011, Sediment trapping by vegetation.

Cailan Halliday (Humbolt State), 2011, Waterfall hydraulic modeling.

Cindy Tran, 2010 - 2011, Debris flow initiation experiments.

Conor O'Toole (Harvard-Westlake high school, Bowdin College), 2010, 2011, Waterfall erosion experiments.

Odin Marc (Ecole Normale Superieure, France), 2010-2011, Permafrost and river stability.

Peter Buhler (Caltech), 2010-2011, Paleolake mapping on Mars.

Mathieu Lapotre (Université de Strasbourg, France), 2010, 2011, Numerical modeling of large floods on Mars.

Daniel Lo (Caltech), 2012, Experiments on waterfall erosion.

Aaron Tran (UC Berkeley), 2012, Multibeam laser scanning through air and water.

Khadijah Omerdin (Westridge high school), 2013, Bedrock erosion by suspended load.

Fanny Brun (Ecole Normale Superieure, France), 2013, Forces on boulders in steep channels.

Gheorghe Schreiber (Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies), 2013, Bedrock erosion with mixed particle sizes.

Michael Jensen (Caltech), SURF 2013, Meandering rivers in bedrock.

Hima Hassenruck-Gudipati (Caltech), SURF 2013-2014, Avulsions on deltas.

Juliane Preimesberger (Caltech), SURF 2014, Bedrock erosion in the big flume.

Eliiot Simon (Caltech), SURF 2014, Exposure age dating in Washington.

Jay Yalamanchili (high school), 2015, Pressure transducer calibration 

Sam Holo (Caltech), SURF 2015, Grain flow experiments

Kirby Sikes (Caltech), 2015-2016, River delta experiments

Former Visitors

Paul Myrow, 2012, Colorado College

Zhongxin Chu, 2013, Ocean University

Sergio Fagherazzi, 2014, Boston University

Jeremy Venditti, 2014, Simon Fraser University

Joshua West, 2014, USC