Richard G. Gordon
Keck Professor of Geophysics
Room Number: 225
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BA, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1975
Awards & Honors
Shell Foundation Faculty Fellowship, 1982.
tectonophysics, paleomagnetism, space geodesy, marine geophysics, geodynamics
Quantitative Tectonics: Applications to regional and global tectonics of investigations of the horizontal kinematics of the crust and lithosphere inferred mainly from marine-geophysical, paleomagnetic, space geodetic, and earthquake-mechanism data. Analytical, numerical, and laboratory modeling of lithosphere deformation.
Mishra, JK & Gordon RG, The rigid-plate and shrinking-plate hypotheses: Implications for the azimuths of transform faults, Tectonics, 2016.
Gordon RG, & Houseman GA, Deformation of Indian Ocean Lithosphere: Evidence for a Highly Non-linear Rheological Law Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 2015
Kreemer C, & Gordon RG, Pacific plate deformation from horizontal thermal contraction Geology 42 (10): 847-850 2014
Zheng L, Gordon RG, & Kreemer C, Absolute plate velocities from seismic anisotropy: Importance of correlated errors Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 119 (9): 7336-7352 2014
Koivisto EA, Andrews DL, Gordon RG, Tests of fixity of the Indo-Atlantic hot spots relative to Pacific hot spots Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 119 (1): 661-675 2014
Argus, D.F., Gordon, R.G., DeMets, C. "Geologically current motion of 56 plates relative to the no-net-rotation reference frame." Geochemistry,Geophysics, Geosystems ( 2011)
Koivisto, E.A., Gordon, R.G., Dyment, J., Arkani-Hamed, J. "The spreading-rate dependence of anomalous skewness of Pacific plate magnetic anomaly 32: Revisited." Lithosphere (2011)
Argus, D. F., R. G. Gordon, M. B. Heflin, C. Ma, R. J. Eanes, P. Willis, W. R. Peltier, & S. E. Owen "The angular velocities of the plates and the velocity of Earth's centre from space geodesy." Geophys. J. Int. (2010)
DeMets, D. C., R. G. Gordon, D. F. Argus "Geologically current plate motions." Geophys. J. Int. (2010)
Horner-Johnson, B. C., & R. G. Gordon "True polar wander since 32 Ma B.P.: A Paleomagnetic Investigation of the Skewness of Magnetic Anomaly 12r on the Pacific Plate." J. Geophys. Res. (2010)
Kumar, R. R., & R. G. Gordon "Horizontal Thermal Contraction of Oceanic Lithosphere: The Ultimate Limit to the Rigid Plate Approximation." Journal of Geophysical Research, 114 (2009)
Gordon, R. G., D. F. Argus, & J.-Y. Royer "Space geodetic test of kinematic models for the Indo-Australian composite plate." Geology, 36 (2008): 827-830.
Horner-Johnson, B. C., R. G. Gordon, & D. F. Argus, Plate kinematic evidence for the existence of a distinct plate between the Nubian and Somalian plates along the Southwest Indian Ridge, J. Geophys. Res., VOL. 112, B05418, doi:10.1029/2006JB004519, 2007
David L. Andrews, Richard G. Gordon & Benjamin C. Horner-Johnson "Uncertainties in plate reconstructions relative to the hotspots; Pacific-hotspot rotations and uncertainties for the past 68 million years." Geophysical Journal International, 166 (2006): 939-951.
Jellinek, MA, Gordon RG, Zatman, S "Experimental tests of simple models for the dynamics of diffuse oceanic plate boundaries." Geophysical Journal International, 164 (2006): 624-632.
Horner-Johnson B.C., Gordon R.G., Cowles S.M., Argus D.F. "The angular velocity of Nubia relative to Somalia and the location of the Nubia-Somalia-Antarctica triple junction." Geophysical Journal International, 162 (2005): 221-238 .
DeMets C, Gordon R.G., Royer J.Y. "Motion between the Indian, Capricorn and Somalian plates since 20 Ma: implications for the timing and magnitude of distributed lithospheric deformation in the equatorial Indian ocean ." Geophysical Journal International, 161 (2005): 445-468 .
Zatman S., Gordon R.G., Mutnuri K. "Dynamics of diffuse oceanic plate boundaries: insensitivity to rheology." Geophysical Journal International, 162 (2005): 239-248 .
B. J. Horner-Johnson, Gordon, R. G. "Equatorial Pacific magnetic anomalies identified from vector aeromagnetic data." Geophysical Journal International, 155 (2003): 547-556.
Gripp, A. E. and Gordon, R. G. "Young tracks of hotspots and current plate velocities." Geophysical Journal International, 150 (2002): 321-361.
Zatman, S., R. G. Gordon, and M. A. Richards "Analytic models for the dynamics of diffuse oceanic plate boundaries." Geophysical Journal International, 145 (2001): 145-156.