Geology Department Research Seminar - Tenure Track Faculty Candidate - Dr. N. Phillips

Event Date: 
Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 1:00pm EST
Event Location: 
Zoom Event
Event Contact Name: 
Dr. Peter Hollings
Event Contact E-mail: 

presented by
Tenure Track Faculty Candidate

Postdoctoral Research Associate,
Department of Geology & Geophysics, Texas A&M University

"Zooming in to see the big picture: Case studies in using micro-scale observations to understand tectonic processes"

Thursday, FEBRUARY 18, 2021
1:00 PM Zoom Event 

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Contact: Dr. Peter Hollings

Tectonic plates slide past one another along faults and shear zones through a mixture of brittle fracture, frictional sliding, and ductile flow. These faults and shear zones host the world’s largest earthquakes, are zones of enhanced permeability and fluid flow through the crust, and serve as traps for mineral, water, and hydrocarbon resources. There are many ways rocks and minerals can deform. At shallow crustal levels minerals fracture and slide frictionally past one another, while at greater depths minerals deform internally by reorganizing imperfections and diffusing elements through the crystal lattice. In this presentation, I will show how micro-scale observations of grain-scale deformation elucidate the mechanics of rock deformation and inform geodynamic models of tectonic processes.

BIO:  Dr. Noah John Phillips is a structural geologist who studies how rocks and minerals deform from the field- to nano-scale to better understand the movement of tectonic plates, the earthquake cycle, and the structural controls of mineral, water, and hydrocarbon resources. Noah completed his PhD at McGill University in 2019, his MSc at the University of New Brunswick in 2015, and his BSc at the University of British Columbia in 2012. He is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Texas A&M University where he develops free applications and databases for field, microstructural, and experimental observations as part of his research (the StraboSpot initiative).