Faculty Members

Marianne Karplus, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

mkarplus at utep dot edu

317 Geological Sciences

Marianne leads the Lithospheric Geophysics group at UTEP, which is focused on using seismic and geophysical methods to better understand tectonics, earthquakes, geothermal areas, and glaciers. Marianne received her Ph.D. from Stanford University crustal geophysics group in 2012. She received her B.A. (double major) in Mathematics and Earth Sciences, with a minor in Physics from Dartmouth College in 2004. When she is not doing geophysics, she enjoys hiking with her dogs, playing ultimate frisbee, and baking geologically accurate cakes.

Stephen Veitch, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor

Steve completed his Ph.D. in 2016 from Columbia University / LDEO. His research there focused on using seismology to understand the (calving) dynamics of the large outlet glaciers that drain the Greenland Icesheet. At UTEP (since 2017) Steve has been working with an active-source data set collected on nodal seismometers in Southeast Alaska. He has also been working as part of the Pecos seismicity team. He completed a postdoc working with the Lithospheric Geophysics Group from Oct. 2017 to Sept. 2019

Graduate Students

Mohan Pant

Ph.D. Student

Mohan started his Ph.D. during Fall 2015. He participated in almost 4 months of field work deploying short-period and broadband seismometers in Nepal as part of the NAMASTE project during 2015-16. Mohan is now using those data to investigate the state of stress in the central Nepalese Himalaya.

Jenna Faith

Ph.D. Student

Jenna started her Ph.D. during Fall 2017. She is currently maintaining a 24-node seismic network around Pecos, TX in the Delaware Basin to study seismicity and faults. She will be using earthquake tomography to map shallow structure and faults and compare them to earthquake locations in the Pecos area. 

Jordan Caylor

M.S. & Ph.D. Student

Jordan started his M.S. & Ph.D. in Fall 2018. He is interested in active source seismology and exploration geophysics. He earned a B.S. in Geology from Southern Illinois University while working as a geoarcheaology researcher using shallow geophysical methods. Jordan loves outdoor sports, especially rock climbing at Hueco Tanks. Jordan is processing active seismic data collected at Yellowstone National Park to image and interpret the evolving magma chambers.

Lucia Gonzalez Rodriguez

Masters Student

Lucia started her M.S. degree in Fall 2018, after working in the Lithospheric Geophysics group as an undergraduate during Spring 2018. She is processing active-source seismic data to image the structure and bed of Lemon Creek Glacier, part of the Juneau Icefield in Southeast, AK.  

Undergraduate Students

David Simpson,


David worked on seismic imaging of the Main Himalayan Thrust with the NAMASTE data from Nepal. During summer 2020, he is working on using seismology to track desert weather phenomena.


Jordan Caylor, M.S., Spring 2020, now pursuing a Ph.D. at UTEP

Marc Garcia, B.S., Spring 2020, now pursuing an M.S. in Geophysics at UTEP

Aimee Garcia, B.S., Spring 2019, now pursuing an M.S. in Geophysics at UTEP

Juan Ochoa Chavez, Ph.D., Spring 2019

Jessica Dozal Cruz, B.S., Spring 2018

Sonam Lhamo, B.S., Spring 2018, now teaching physics in Bhutan

Alan Jacquez, M.S., Fall 2018, now at Fugro

Kelly Koehler, B.S., Spring 2017, now a graduate student at Oregon State Univ.

Alan Vennemann, M.S., Fall 2017, now at DrillingInfo

Susana Garcia, M.S., Fall 2017

William Seelig, M.S., Spring 2016, now at U.S. Geological Survey

Assistant Coaches


Natives of the El Paso border region, Chase (the larger dog) and Willow (the smaller dog) joined the group in spring of 2015 and spring of 2018, respectively, from the Animal Rescue League of El Paso. Both have enjoyed a number of geology field trips and camping expeditions.