Dr. Hannah Riegel

Hannah earned her PhD in 2019 at the University of Camerino, Italy. In 2013, she earned her Bachelor's degree in geology at Appalachian State University. She then graduated with a Msc degree from California State University, Northridge, California in 2015. Her Masters project dealt with constraining rates of desertification of the northwestern Qaidam Basin, China, by means of magnetostratigraphic analysis. Her Ph.D. research focused on studying how mechanical stratigraphy and structural features control permeability across fault zones in multilayer packages, taking into account both diffuse and localized deformation across fault zones in a multilayer package. This has important implications for fluid flow in natural reservoirs. She incorporates deterministic (field-based) data with stochastic (DFN models and synchrotron analysis) in order to accurately characterize fault zones. 

Hannah is back in the department as a Visiting Assistant Professor to help cover Prep (GLY 2745) lecture and labs, field camp, and introductory labs.


  • B.S. Appalachian State University
  • M.S. California State University - Northridge
  • Ph.D.  - University of Camerino

Courses Taught

  • GLY 2745 - Preparation of Geologic Reports
  • GLY 1104 - Water: Mountains to Sea (labs)
  • GLY 1105 - Oceanography (labs)

Recent Publications

Visit Dr. Riegel's profile in Google Scholar.

  • Riegel, H., Balsamo, F., Mattioni, L., & Tondi, E. (2019). Petrophysical Properties and Microstructural Analysis of Faulted Heterolithic Packages: A Case Study from Miocene Turbidite Successions, Italy. Geofluids2019.
Title: Visiting Assistant Professor: Field Methods, (she/her/hers)
Department: Geological and Environmental Sciences

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Phone: (828) 262-8648