My research is focused on understanding the role of mafic enclaves in the construction of felsic plutons. I am mainly interested in understanding the nature of geochemical interaction (e.g. mixing, metasomatism, assimilation) between enclaves and their host magmas and whether it is a dominant processes in the formation of granitic rocks.

I am also interested in using metamorphic rocks as a way of understanding the pressure-temperature (P-T) conditions of magma emplacement, batholith formation within continental crust, and construction of granitic rocks.

In addition to the research topics described above I have worked on several other projects in western North America prior to starting my doctorate.These projects include the following: Magma mixing at Chaos Crags, Lassen Volcanic National Park; Tectonics and paleomagnetism of the Walker Lane Belt; Magnetostratigraphy of the Stanislaus Group type section, Sierra Nevada, California.

Research Statement

Michael J. Farner

Ph.D. student

Advisor: Dr. Cin-Ty Lee

Mailing Address

Dept. of Earth Science

Rice University MS-126

6100 Main Street

Houston, TX 77005



Ph.D. student, Earth Science (2012-present), Rice University

B.S. Geology (2012), California State University - Fresno

Research Areas

Igneous and metamorphic petrology, high-temperature geochemistry, tectonics

Michael J. Farner

Farner, M.J., Lee, C.-T.A., Putirka, K.D. (in review) Mafic-felsic magma mixing limited by reactive processes: a case study of biotite-rich rinds on mafic enclaves.

Carlson, C.W., Pluhar, C.J., Glen, J.M.G., Farner, M.J. (2013) Kinematics of the west-central Walker Lane: Spatially and temporally variable rotations evident in the Late Miocene Stanislaus Group. Geosphere, v. 9., p. 1530-1551.