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School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment


Our expertise in tectonic problems extends from using satellite geodesy for understanding large scale plate motions to extracting the tectonic implications of small-scale fold and fracture features. Seismic imaging to depths of 700km in active tectonic provinces and sedimentary basins adds a third dimension to these studies.

Tectonics Faculty


David Barbeau

Associate Professor, SEOE. Clastic sedimentology, tectonics and sedimentation, basin analysis, thermochronology, sediment provenance, and tectonics of the southern Andes and Antarctica.


James H. Kellogg

Director of the Andean Geophysical Laboratory, at the University of South Carolina, and is Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of South American Earth Sciences. My research interests include geodetic, gravity and tectonic studies of active margins and the Andean orogenic belt where I haveworked for the last 30 years.


Andrew Leier

Clastic sedimentology, stratigraphy, sediment provenance, basin analysis, tectonics and sedimentation, stable isotopes, paleoelevation, paleoclimate, petroleum geology, reservoir architecture and characterization.


Thomas Owens

The collection and analysis of seismological data in order to better understand the structure and evolution of the continental lithosphere; K-12 Science Education, in particular the use of seismological data, especially real-time data, to help get students interested in science


Scott White

Most of the Earth's surface is hidden underwater, from the deep seafloor to wetland environments. Revealing the patterns and processes in these marine environments is the overarching theme of Scott's research group in marine geology and geophysics.


Gene Yogodzinski

Associate Professor, SEOE. My research combines geological field work with geochemical studies that focus primarily on the use of trace element and isotope geochemistry to understand igneous processes. I am particularly interested in understanding how the geochemistry of subduction-related magma is controlled by tectonics in different subduction settings.