Hannah Riegel

Hannah is a PhD candidate 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. project is 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 teach Prep labs and introductory labs through Spring 2020.



  • B.S. Appalachian State University
  • M.S. California State University - Northridge
  • Ph.D. (in progress) - University of Camerino


Courses Taught

  • GLY 2745 - Preparation of Geologic Reports (labs)
  • GLY 1104 - Water: Mountains to Sea (labs)
  • GLY 1105 - Oceanography (labs)
Title: Visiting Assistant Professor: Field Methods
Department: Geological and Environmental Sciences

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-8648