Julia K. Morgan

Professor


Room Number: KWGL 315
(713) 348-6330
morganj@rice.edu
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Biographical Info

Born and raised in New York State on a re-activated section of the Grenville Orogeny. Having rocks outside my bedroom window guaranteed my career as a geologist, although I trespassed into several other fields before settling in. I love to travel, with a history or archaeology guide in one hand and geologic map in the other. Both passions provide plenty of opportunities to hike and explore all the corners of the world.

Education

A.B. Geology, (1987) Vassar College
Ph.D. Geological Sciences, (1993) Cornell University

Awards & Honors

Paul G. Silver Award for Outstanding Scientific Service, AGU (2013)
Fellow, Geological Society of America (2004)
Distinguished Lecturer, Joint Oceanographic Institutions (2003-2004)

Keywords

geomechanics, structural geology, tectonics, discrete element method

Research

Fault & shear zone mechanics, localization processes, and fault slip behavior.

Formation and evolution of fold and thrust belts and accretionary prisms.

Volcanotectonics on Earth and Mars

Gravitational spreading along continental margins

Slope instability and landsliding

Selected Publications

Morgan, J.K., 2015, Effects of cohesion on the structural and mechanical evolution of fold and thrust belts and contractional wedges: Discrete element simulations, J. Geophys. Res., 120, doi:10.1002/2014JB011455.

Denlinger, R.P., and Morgan, J.K., 2014, Instability of Hawaiian Volcanoes, in 100 Years of Observatory Science at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, Edited by Poland, M.Okubo, P., and Kauahikaua, J., USGS Professional Paper 1801, pp. 149-176.

Katz, O., Morgan, J.K., Aharanov, E., and Dugan, B., 2014, Controls on the geometry and size of landslides: Insights from DEM computer simulations, Geomorphology 220, 104-113.

Gray, G.G., Morgan, J.K., and Sanz, P.F., 2014, Review Article: Overview of continuum and particle dynamics methods for mechanical modeling of contractional geologic structures, J. Struct. Geol., 59, 19-36.

Dean, S., Morgan, J.K., Fournier, T., 2013, Geometries of frontal fold and thrust belts: Insights from discrete element simulations, J. Struct. Geol., 53, 43-53.

Fournier, T., and Morgan, J.K., 2012, Insights to slip behavior on rough faults using discrete element modeling, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L12304, doi:10.1029/2012GL051899.

Morgan, J.K., J. Park, and C. Zelt, 2010, Rift zone abandonment and reconfiguration in Hawaii: Mauna Loa's Ninole Rift Zone, Geology, 38, 471-474.

Park, J., J.K. Morgan, C.A. Zelt, and P.G. Okubo, 2009, Volcano-tectonic implications of 3-D velocity structures derived from joint active and passive source tomography of the island of Hawaii, J. Geophys. Res., 114, B09301, doi:10.1029/2008JB005929.

Guo, Y, and J.K. Morgan, 2008, Fault gouge evolution and its dependence on normal stress and rock strength - Results of discrete element simulations: Gouge zone micromechanics, J. Geophys. Res., 113, B08417, doi:10.1029/2006JB004525.

Guo, Y, and J.K. Morgan, 2007, Fault gouge evolution and its dependence on normal stress and rock strength - Results of discrete element simulations: Gouge zone properties, J. Geophys. Res., 112, B10403, doi:10.1029/2006JB004524.

Morgan, J.K., E.B. Sunderland, M.V.S. Ask, 2007, Deformation and mechanical strength of sediments at the Nankai subduction zone: Implications for prism evolution and décollement initiation and propagation, in The Seismogenic Zone of Subduction Thrust Faults, edited by Dixon, T.H, and J.C. Moore, MARGINS Theoretical and Experimental Earth Science Series, Columbia University Press, p. 210-256.

Morgan, J.K., D.A. Clague, D. Borchers, A. Davis, and K.L. Milliken, 2007, Mauna Loa's submarine western flank: Evidence for deep volcanic spreading and hydrothermal alteration, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst. 8, Q05002, doi:10.1029/2006GC001420.

Morgan, J.K., and P.J. McGovern, 2005, Discrete element simulations of gravitational volcanic deformation: 1. Deformation structures and geometries, J. Geophys. Res., 110, B05402, doi: 10.1029/2004JB003252.

Morgan, J.K., and P.J. McGovern, 2005, Discrete element simulations of gravitational volcanic deformation: 2. Mechanical analysis, J. Geophys. Res., 110, B05403, doi: 10.1029/2004JB003253.

Morgan, J.K., 2004, Particle dynamics simulations of rate and state dependent frictional sliding of granular fault gouge, Pure Appl. Geophys., 161, 1877-1891.

Morgan, J.K., G.F. Moore, D.A. Clague, 2003., Slope failure and volcanic spreading along the submarine south flank of Kilauea volcano, HI, J. Geophys. Res., 108, B9, 2415, doi:10.1029/2003JB002411.

Morgan, J.K., G.F. Moore, D.J. Hills, and S.C. Leslie, 2000, Overthrusting and sediment accretion along Kilauea's mobile south flank, Hawaii: Evidence for volcanic spreading from marine seismic reflection data, Geology, 28, 667-670.

Morgan, J.K. and M.S. Boettcher, 1999, Numerical simulations of granular shear zones using the distinct element method: I. Shear zone kinematics and micromechanics of localization, J. Geophys. Res. B., 104, 2703-2719.

Morgan, J.K., 1999, Numerical simulations of granular shear zones using the distinct element method: II. The effect of particle size distribution and interparticle friction on mechanical behavior, J. Geophys. Res. B., 104, 2721-2732.

Morgan, J.K., and D.E. Karig, 1995. Décollement processes at the Nankai accretionary prism: propagation, deformation, and dewatering. J. Geophys. Res. B. 100, 15,221-15,231.

Morgan, J.K., D.E. Karig, and A. Maniatty, 1994. The estimation of diffuse strains in the toe of the Nankai accretionary prism: A kinematic solution. J. Geophys. Res. B, 99, 7019-7032.