Research Team

Research at the Center for Advanced Subsurface Earth Resource Models is conducted by an interdisciplinary team of researchers from the Colorado School of Mines and Virginia Tech with expertise in economic geology, geochemistry, geophysics, spatial statistics, high-performance computing, mining, minerals engineering, and mechanical engineering.

Academic Leadership Team

Thomas Monecke

CASERM Director, Mines
Professor
Economic Geology, VMS Deposits, Hydrothermal Geochemistry, Archean Geology
tmonecke@mines.edu
303-273-3841

Erik Westman

CASERM Site Director, VT
Professor
3-D Seismic Time-Lapse Imaging, Reserve Estimation with Geographic Information Systems
ewestman@vt.edu
540-231-7510

Elizabeth Holley

CASERM Site Director, Mines
Associate Professor
Mineral Exploration, Production, Processing, and Reclamation
eholley@mines.edu
303-273-3409

Mary Carr

CASERM Manager, Mines
Research Assistant Professor
Sedimentology, Eolian Systems
mcarr@mines.edu
303-273-3107

Research Team

Zhaoshan Chang

Professor, Mines
Economic Geology, Skarn Deposits, Porphyry Deposits, LA-ICP-MS, Magma Fertility
zchang@mines.edu
303-384-2127

Sebnem Düzgün

Professor, Mines
VR and Gaming for Earth Sciences; Uncertainty Analysis and Risk Assessment for Rock Slopes; Mine Environmental Monitoring; Infrastructure Resilience
duzgun@mines.edu
303-384-2357

Elizabeth Holley

Associate Professor, Mines
Mineral Exploration, Production, Processing, and Reclamation
eholley@mines.edu
303-273-3409

Yaoguo Li

Professor, Mines
Geophysical Inverse Theory; Gravity, Magnetic and Electrical Methods in Resource Exploration
ygli@mines.edu
303-273-3510

Eileen Martin

Assistant Professor, Mines
Analysis of Large Sensor Networks; Fiber-Optic Sensing; Passive Seismic Methods; Data-Intensive High Performance Computing
eileenrmartin@mines.edu

Thomas Monecke

Professor, Mines
Economic Geology, VMS Deposits, Hydrothermal Geochemistry, Archean Geology
tmonecke@mines.edu
303-273-3841

Katharina Pfaff

Research Associate Professor, Mines
Mineralogy and Mineral Chemistry of Hydrothermal Systems
kpfaff@mines.edu
303-384-2487

Luis Tenorio

Associate Professor, Mines
Quantification of Uncertainty; Design Methods for Inverse Problems
ltenorio@mines.edu
303-273-3878

Hua Wang

Associate Professor, Mines
Machine Learning and Data Mining
huawang@mines.edu
303-384-2326

Gabriel Walton

Associate Professor, Mines
Rock Mechanics; Numerical Modeling of Slopes and Underground Works; Rockmass Characterization;
Applications of Geophysics and Remote Sensing in Geological Engineering
gwalton@mines.edu
303-384-2235

Erik Westman

Professor, VT
3-D Seismic Time-Lapse Imaging, Reserve Estimation with Geographic Information Systems
ewestman@vt.edu
540-231-7510

Wendy Zhou

Professor, Mines
GIS Applications; Environmental Impact Studies and Geohazard Zonation; SAR and PSInSAR Applications in Ground Movement Monitoring
wzhou@mines.edu
303-384-2181

Virginia Tech Faculty Team Members

NameDepartmentField of Study
John ChermakGeosciencesGeochemistry of fluid-mineral interactions
Matthias ChungMathematicsComputational applications of inverse problems; machine learning
Robert GramacyStatisticsApplied computational statistics; spatial statistics; machine learning
John HoleGeosciencesSeismic and radar subsurface imaging; inversion
Leanna HouseStatisticsBayesian statistical modeling with an emphasis in model averaging, kernel regression, and Bayes linear; uncertainty analysis of computer models/experiments; data mining coupled with data visualization
Ryan PollyeaGeosciencesGeostatistics and machine learning; multi-component fluid flow; fracture systems
Nicholas PolysAdvanced Research ComputingIntersection of visualization, virtual environments, and perception

Graduate Students

NameSite (Department)
Hakan AyazMines (Mining Engineering)
Ryan ChristiansonVT (Department of Statistics)
Alexandra Joseph Mines (Computer Science)
Michael KirschbaumMines (Geology and Geological Engineering)
Miranda Lehman Mines (Geology and Geological Engineering)
Sage Langston-Stewart Mines (Geology and Geological Engineering)
Daniel SchmidtMines (Geology and Geological Engineering)
Hoon Seo Mines (Computer Science)
Alexander VidalMines (Applied Mathematics and Statistics)

Undergraduate Students

NameSite (Department)
Mamadou BaVT (Mining Engineering)
Elizabeth BruceMines (Geophysical Engineering)
Kane BruceMines (Computer Science)
Garek ElieVT (Mining Engineering)
Joseph FlemingVT (Mining Engineering)
Nina GuizzettiMines (Geological Engineering)
Ryland HansonVT (Computational Modeling and Data Analytics)
Ben HarringtonVT (Mining Engineering)
Owen PottsVT (Mining Engineering)
Joshua RummelhartMines (Computer Science)