The processes that govern the formation and deformation of Earth’s crust are investigated through a combination of terrestrial and marine field studies, geodesy, seismic data acquisition and interpretation, physical and numerical modeling, petrology and geochronology. Research topics include the formation and evolution of oceanic and continental lithosphere and crust, plate reconstructions, basin formation, continental rifting, formation of accretionary prisms, and faulting dynamics.

Structural Geology

Morgan

Marine and global tectonics

Gordon, Morgan, Sawyer

Tectonophysics

Gordon, Lenardic, Sawyer, Gonnermann, Lee

Paleomagnetism and plate reconstruction

Gordon

Mountain building and basin evolution

Morgan, Sawyer, Gray (adjunct), Lee