Please join us for Geomorphologist and Geophysicist Marin Clark, Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Michigan. Dr. Clark presents "Coseismic Landslides Associated with the 2015 Gorkha Earthquake Sequence in Nepal" at 4 PM in 022 Deike on December 1st.. A pre-talk Coffee & Cookies Speaker Reception takes place at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum on the ground floor of Deike. All are welcome.
Ph.D., Geosciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.A., Cornell University
Research Interests, Activities, and Awards
Marin Clark explores how the Earth’s topographic surface changes through time and how these changes relate to dynamic processes deep within the Earth. She looks at the evolution of rivers and other landforms because these systems are a sensitive record of vertical movement of the Earth's surface caused by deformation. Sometimes this deformation occurs very deep in the Earth's crust or upper mantle, making direct observation an impossible task. In order to study these deep processes, she develops ways of using topography as a proxy for motion at great depths beneath the continents. Dr. Clark uses a variety of tools including field geology, GIS modeling, geodynamic modeling, and thermo chronology.
Clark’s work on the mechanisms behind the growth--and deceleration--of the Himalayan Mountains and Tibetan Plateau, including Mount Everest, has been published in the journal Nature. When the movement of tectonic plates caused India to collide with Eurasia, starting around 50 million years ago, the result was the biggest mountain range on our planet: the Himalaya and the Tibetan Plateau. Her research suggests that the plateau has grown smaller in north-south extent as it has grown higher, rather than expanding northward as it uplifted as previously thought. More excitingly, the speed of slowdown of India’s collision, and ultimately the demise of mountain building, relate directly to the strength of the continent as it deforms by plate motion.
Dr. Clark and two colleagues assessed the landslide hazard in Nepal following the 2015 magnitude-7.9 earthquake. They looked for locations where landslides likely occurred during the earthquake, as well as places that were at high risk in the following weeks and months. The analysis found tens of thousands of locations at high risk. Information from this study was used to help prioritize both satellite observations and the analysis of data from those satellites as well as to guide rescue and recovery efforts by the U.S. and international agencies.
Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Michigan, Dr. Clark was a geophysicist with Schlumberger Technologies, a field technician with the U.S. Geological Survey, and a Texaco Prize Postdoctoral Scholar at the California Institute of Technology. In addition, she was awarded the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship while at Cornell and in 2003 was selected for Suburu of America's Outstanding Woman in Science Award.
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Our Colloquium Speaker on Tuesday, October 13th, 2015, is Dr. Reed Burgette, Assistant Professor. Department of Geological Sciences, New Mexico State University. On Tuesday, at 4 PM in Deike 022, Dr. Burgette presents "Ups and Downs of the U.S. West Coast: Implications of Eight Decades of Vertical Deformation Measurements of Seismic Hazards and Sea Level Impacts." A pre-talk Coffee & Cookies Speaker Reception takes place at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum on the ground floor of Deike.
Reed Burgette studies neotectonics on geodetic (years to decades) and geologic (thousands to hundreds of thousands of years) timescales. His research interests center around understanding how deformation is distributed spatially in plate boundary zones, and temporally through the seismic cycle associated with individual structures. For the shorter time scale, Reed uses historical leveling and tide gauge observations as well as GPS and satellite altimetry to measure vertical deformation rates. He uses high resolution observations of topography coupled with Quaternary dating methods to measure deformation rates averaged over multiple seismic cycles. Reed's group is working along the west coast of the U.S., in the Tien Shan mountains of central Asia, and locally in the Rio Grande Rift.
Prior to joining the faculty of New Mexico State University in 2013, Reed worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Tasmania, applying satellite geodesy to questions of crustal deformation, sea level rise, and Antarctic ice sheet mass balance. He is a 2015-2016 Earthscope speaker.
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