Devin Rand (UCSB) and Lori Willhite (UMD) at the AGU Fall Meeting 2018 in Washington D.C.

Background photo: a Re filament loaded for Sr isotopic analyses. Photo by Lori Willhite. 



2019 - present

University of Maryland, College Park

Department of Geology 

PhD student


Planetary geochemistry/geology

2017 - 2019

University of California, Santa Barbara

Department of Earth Science

Master of Science

2012 - 2016

University of California, Santa Barbara

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, B.A.

Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, B.S.

Department of Earth Science, minor

Novel instrumentation and analytical methods

Community Involvement & Service

Kids Excelling in Math and Science (KEMS) mentor

  • After school science program for middle school students

Geological Society of America Planetary Geology Division Student Representative

  • Student representative and student advisor on GSA student advisory committee 

Health and Wellness Chair, UCSB Earth Science

  • Created the Health and Wellness Chair within the Department of Earth Science graduate student government at UCSB. Organized mental health workshop for graduate students

Goldschmidt Conference Convener 2021

  • Serving as a primary convener in the upcoming Goldschmidt Conference 

Department Service & Leadership

Science Nights

  • Teaching elementary school students about rocks, minerals, fossils, and earthquakes  

ACE Chemistry Tutoring Program

  • Helped start the Academic Community of Excellence Chemistry tutoring program at UCSB, aimed at teaching both chemistry and academic success skills to historically excluded groups of students in STEM 

IDEA Communications Committee, UMD Geology

  • Committee with the goal of communicating department opportunities and activities to the greater community and connecting with UMD Geology alumni 

IDEA Outreach Committee, UMD Geology

  • Committee with the goal of reaching out to the greater community to create an inclusive and accessible future for the geosciences 

"How to Apply to Graduate School" Panel, UMD Geo

  • Organized a panel of grad students for our undergraduates to ask questions about the graduate school application process (as well as alternate career paths)

Women's Lunches, UMD Geology

  • Organized women's lunches to foster informal mentorship and a strong sense of community support within the department

Mental Health Peer

  • Liaison for student organizations to find and access mental health resources on campus and in the community at UCSB 

Alumni Chair, UCSB Earth Science

  • Helped maintain database of alumni, organize alumni weekend, etc

"Applying to Graduate School" Panel, UMD Geo

  • Served on a panel for undergraduates to ask questions about the graduate school application process 

Awards, Grants, Fellowships

  • Geological Society of America CARES Grant, 2020

  • Dean’s Fellowship Award, University of Maryland College Park, 2019

  • Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC) Student Travel Award, 2019

  • George Tunnel Endowed Fellowship, Department of Earth Science, UCSB, 2019

  • Global Field Travel Award, Department of Earth Science, UCSB, 2019

  • Service to Undergraduate and Graduate Well-Being Award, Royal Geologic Society of Goleta, 2019

  • Grad Slam! Winner for best oral presentation, Department of Earth Science, UCSB, 2018

  • Preston Cloud Award, Department of Earth Science, UCSB, 2018

  • Graduate Research Grant, Geological Society of America, 2018

  • Conference Travel Grant, Graduate Student Association, UCSB, 2018

  • Undergraduate Research and Creative Studies Grant, UCSB 2016

  • Phi Lambda Upsilon Award, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UCSB, 2016

Mentorship Experience

Teaching Experience

Gordon Williams

  • undergraduate research project, 2019

Maddy Raith

  • undergraduate research project, 2020

Mantle geochemistry

  • Introduction to Geology TA

    • UCSB Earth Science, Fall 2017​

  • Geologic Catastrophes TA

    • UCSB Earth Science, Winter 2017​

  • Field Methods TA

    • UCSB Earth Science, Spring 2018​

  • Mineralogy (Earth Materials) TA

    • UCSB Earth Science, Fall 2018

  • Introduction to Geology TA

    • UCSB Earth Science, Winter 2018​

Senior Dog Sanctuary

  • Volunteer at dog rescue shelter for senior dogs

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

  • Volunteered at the SPCA in Wellington, New Zealand while studying abroad in 2015



Geochemical Society

Geological Society of America

American Geophysical Union

European Geosciences Union

Association of Women Geologists

Europlanet Society

Earth Science Women's Network

Females in Mass Spectrometry  

IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society

IEEE Women in Engineering

Canine Training Association

Former memberships:

Mineralogical Society of America

Women in Science and Engineering Club

Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit 

Guest Appearance on "Volcano Moments with Dr. Janine Krippner" YouTube Episode: Fancy Rock Party

  • Talked about lava bombs for outreach via YouTube! 

Willhite, L. N., Jackson, M. G., Blichert‐Toft, J., Bindeman, I., Kurz, M. D., Halldórsson, S. A., et al. (2019). Hot and heterogenous high‐3He/4He components: New constraints from proto‐Iceland plume lavas from Baffin Island. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 20.


M.G. Jackson, J. Blichert-Toft, S.A. Halldórsson, A. Mundl-Petermeier, M. Bizimis, M.D. Kurz, A.A. Price , S. Harðardóttir, L.N. Willhite, K. Breddam, T.W. Becker, R.A. Fischer (2020). Ancient helium and tungsten isotopes preserved in mantle domains least modified by crustal recycling. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 202009663; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2009663117


Willhite, L. N., Ni, Z., Arevalo Jr., R. D., Southard, A., Bardyn, A., Danell, R., Grubisic, A., Gundersen, C., Minasola, N., Fahey, M., Yu, A., Briois, C., Thirkell, L., Colin, F., Hernandez, E., Ersahin, A., and Makarov, A. (2021). CORALS: A Laser Desorption /Ablation Orbitrap Mass Spectrometer for In Situ Exploration of Europa. 2021 IEEE Aerospace Conference. (in press)

Peer-reviewed Publications 

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