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Structure & Tectonics

Brittany award GSA 13Members of Structural Geology & Tectonics Group in the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences at the University of the Pacific explores a range of problems concerning tectonic processes, including deformation within foreland fold-thrust belts and accretionary wedges, the accumulation of penetrative strain within rocks, and the relationships among strain, magnetic, and primary (associated with deposition & compaction) fabrics. In recent years, we have focused our interests on ancient and active processes in the North American Cordillera, the northern Appalachian Mountains, the Nankai Trough of southeastern Japan, and most recently in western Ireland.

Research methods include geologic mapping, outcrop- and grain-scale strain analysis, and analysis of the anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility. Research by the Structural Geology & Tectonics Group also takes full advantage of evolving analytical and technological advances, including LiDAR airborne surveys, GPS-assisted and GIS-based geological mapping, and high precision ICP-MS U-Pb geochronology. We seeks undergraduate students with broad interests in geology, tectonics, physics, and chemistry. 

Structural Geology & Tectonics Group News
Pacific Newsroom article: "Geology Undergrads Get Graduate-level Research Experience"

Faculty Advisor
Dr. Kurtis C. Burmeister

Recent Student Members
Erik Fullmer
Andrew Dai Wilson
Brittany Klemm
Christina Colburn
Nikki Mainwaring
Luke Crawford
Andria Ellis
Kari McLaughlin
Shawn Kerns
Matthew Galon 

Recent Student Publications
(undergraduate authors in bold)

Klemm, B.M., Burmeister, K.C., Giorgis, S.D., and Vollmer, F.W., 2013, Post-folding vertical flattening strain fabrics in mechanically rigid rocks deformed under sub-metamorphic conditions in a foreland fold-thrust belt: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 45, No. 7. (Winner of Sigma Gamma Epsilon Austin A. Sartin Best Undergraduate Best Poster Award at 2013 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America (first place out of 100 entries)

Klemm, B.M., Vollmer, F.W., Burmeister, K.C., 2012, Preliminary finite strain and fabric analysis of conglomerate from the Shawangunk Formation; northern Appalachian fold-thrust belt, Hudson Valley, New York: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 44, No. 7, p. 241.

Gunderson, M., Vollmer, F.W., Mainwaring, N.E., Burmeister, K.C., Walker, J.R., Kuiper, Y.D., 2012, Kinematic Analysis of the Rosendale Thrust Fault; Northernmost Central Appalachian Fold-Thrust Belt, New York: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 44, No. 7, p. 240. (Winner of Sigma Gamma Epsilon Austin A. Sartin Best Undergraduate Best Poster Award at 2012 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America (first place out of 97 entries)

Crawford, L.E., Burmeister, K.C., Penfold, M., Wilkerson, M.S., and Marshak, S., 2010, Compiling a GIS-based geologic map from multiple legacy formatted data sources: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 42, No. 5, p. 274.

Galon, M.A., Kerns, S.M., Burmeister, K.C., Paterson, S.R., 2008, STRAIN3D: a new computer program for the graphical and statistical analysis of 2D and 3D strain: Abstracts with Programs - Geological Society of America, Vol. 40, No. 1, p. 65.