Natural Source Seismic Imaging to Constrain Continental Evolution
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Geology, BA, Whitman College, 1985
Geophysics, PhD, University of Oregon, 1995
Seismology, Post-doc, University of Colorado, 1996-2000
Prospective students should visit my research website: Research website
Portland Lithosphere-Asthenosphere meeting September 2011 extend abstracts
Seismic Evidence for Intermittant Upwelling of Hot Lower Mantle beneath the Yellowstone Hotspot, Schmandt, B., Humphreys, E., Dueker, K., in review Dec. 2011.
Link to PDF of most of my publications: HERE
Steven M. Hansen - PhD Candidate
Katie Foster - PhD Candidate
Zhu Zhang – PhD Candidate
Joe McClenahan - MS
GEOL1001 – Earth Science and Society
GEOL2005 - Introduction to Geophysics Class website
Graduate Geophysics Syllabus
GEOL5215 - Inverse Theory and Parameter Estimation
GEOL5216 - Global Seismology
GEOL5217 - Computerized geologic problem solving
It is increasing clear that the mantle underlying continents is much more varied than the surface topography, crustal province boundaries, or active tectonics would suggest. Most of the mantle structure underlying tectonic mountain ranges is three-dimensional in form even though the mountain ranges are dominantly two dimensional chains. Often, post-orogenic uplift of these mountain ranges, in excess of that predicted by simple crustal thickening models, is required by geologic data (thermocron, river incision, sediments). This requires post-orogenic mechanisms that can create dynamic surface adjustments such as: the removal or retrograde metamorphism of eclogite; convective removal or delamination of over thickened thermal lithosphere; or diapiric invasion of the lithosphere by an upwelling asthenosphere (e.g., diapirs from a 410 km discontinuity partially molten layer). Constraining the relative effects of these different geodynamic processes is crucial to understanding continental orogens and continental evolution in general.
I teach two undergraduate courses every year: 1) Introduction to Geophysics (Geol2005) that is a required course for our BS degree ; 2) an Intellectual Community Geology and Society course (Geol1001). I teach two graduate level courses about every other year: Inverse Theory and Parameter Estimation (Geol5215) and Theoretical/Global Seismology (Geol5216). To truly understand the material, about half of the homeworks require MATLAB (or other language if you desire) coding of the mathematical physics.