Geology & Geophysics

Geology and Geophysics

motivated by the SPACE AROUND YOU

The Geology & Geophysics group at Purdue focuses on the dynamics of the processes that shape our planet, from the motion of tectonic plates, the development of mountain ranges and oil-bearing sedimentary basins, to the triggering of earthquakes. To do so, we use a combination of modern observational techniques (e.g., cosmogenic isotopes, space geodesy, basins analysis) and develop theoretical models that integrate these observations in consistent physical frameworks.

Affiliated Faculty & Research Area 


Larry Braile Seismology, crustal and upper mantle structure, inversion of geophysical data, intraplate earthquakes, Earth science education
Lucy Flesch Kinematics and dynamics of continental deformation, lithospheric rheology, shear wave splitting, mantle/lithosphere interaction
Andy Freed Finite element analysis of transient processes: earthquake triggering, viscous rheology, evolution of extraterrestrial surfaces, subduction zones
Hersh Gilbert Crust and upper mantle dynamics: continental lithospheric structure, upper mantle heterogeneity, crustal anisotropy, seismic imaging and waveform modeling
Darryl Granger Tectonic geomorphology, landscape evolution, cosmogenic nuclides applied to geomorphology and surface processes, environmental geosciences
Saad Haq Modeling of oblique collision and plateau growth, understanding mechanics of thin-skinned deformation in response to strain partitioning
Jay Melosh Tectonic deformation of planetary lithospheres, including the Earth's, and the physics of earthquakes, landslides and large, rapid mass movements
Bob Nowack Seismic imaging of the Earth's crust and upper mantle, geophysical inverse theory
Jim Ogg Paleomagnetics, ocean histroy, sedimentary geology
Ken Ridgway Basin analysis, tectonics, sedimentary petrology, petroleum geology
Eric Riggs Structural geology, rock deformation, fracture morphology and shear localization, mineral physics, geoscience education
Terry West Geologic hazards including slope stability, environmental and engineering geology, groundwater contamination

Useful Links


NCAR Community Climate System Model (CCSM)

PCCRC - Purdue Climate Change Research Center

PRIME Lab- Purdue Rare Isotope Measurement Laboratory