Michael E. Oskin
As a structural geologist and geomorphologist, I specialize in active crustal deformation and its relationships to surface processes and topography. My research program addresses three themes:
- Quantifying variation of deformation rates and their relationship to earthquakes.
- Constraining the forces and processes that govern continental deformation.
- Predicting topographic responses to the growth of geologic structures.
These themes build toward a common framework for understanding active crustal deformation and its expression in landscapes. The first two research themes differ largely by time scale, with the first focused on short-term deformation processes over one or more earthquake cycles, and the second concerned with longer-term accumulated deformation and time-averaged processes. The third theme includes the development of new tools to quantify deformation from topography. I also pursue the inverse problem of quantifying surface processes from geomorphic responses to crustal deformation.
Gold, PO, ME Oskin, AJ Elliott, A Hinojosa-Corona, MH Taylor, O Kreylos, ES Cowgill (2013) Coseismic slip variation assessed from terrestrial lidar scans of the El Mayor-Cucapah surface rupture. EARTH AND PLANETARY SCIENCE LETTERS. 366(3013):151-162. DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2013.01.040
Selander, J, ME Oskin, C Ormukov and K Abdrakhmatov (2012) Inherited strike-slip faults as an origin for basement-cored uplifts: Example of the Kungey and Zailiskey ranges, northern Tian Shan. TECTONICS. 31(4) DOI: 10.1029/2011TC003002
Blisniuk, K, ME Oskin, K Fletcher, T Rockwell and W Sharp (2012) Assessing the reliability of U-series and 10Be dating techniques on alluvial fans in the Anza Borrego Desert, California. QUATERNARY GEOCHRONOLOGY. 13:26-41. DOI: 10.1016/j.quageo.2012.08.004