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Doctor of Philosophy in Earth and Planetary Sciences - Neotectonics And Structural Geology


United States




6 Semester(s)


20 June 2024



This department has a long and successful history addressing questions concerning the development and history of the Transverse Ranges, Mojave Desert, and local basins to gain a better understanding of the offset history of the San Andreas Fault. This includes unraveling the timing of uplift and strike slip relative to the San Gabriel Mountains and paleogeographic evolution of the San Andreas fault based on cross-fault correlation.

Our current focus is on earthquake behavior and tectonic landscape response in southern California and New Zealand. Through a better understanding of associated natural hazards we can help mitigate risk and promote sustainable decisions.

The Alpine Fault on the South Island of New Zealand is a 900km-long, well-behaved (quasi-regular earthquake recurrence), long-lived, geometrically-simple strike-slip fault that forms an ideal natural laboratory for understanding continental plate-bounding fault systems. A component of reverse motion gives rise to the highly-active Southern Alps orogen (up to 12 mm/yr of uplift, up to 16 m/yr rainfall), which is believed to be a world-class example of a mountain range in dynamic equilibrium.

The San Andreas in California is a considerably more complex fault system exhibiting a wide range of earthquake behavior, slip partitioning, and interaction between multiple fault planes. Despite slightly larger strike-slip rates than the Alpine Fault, uplift rates along the San Andreas rarely exceed 2 mm/yr and rainfall rarely exceeds 1 m/yr. In southern California we have the additional complication of frequent wildfires such that earthquakes, floods, fires, and landslides all must be considered important landscape drivers. Despite lower tempos of landscape change than New Zealand, landscape changes in California can have considerable effects because of the comparatively large population and economic importance. There is much to learn from comparing and contrasting the feedback between tectonics and climate in New Zealand and in California

For both of the above systems our interests span the depths of both time and space: from long-term rates of uplift and fault motion to the effects of the last earthquake, from the earthquake source at depth to the natural hazards presented at the surface.

Some of the things we do:

Perform geological fieldwork to map geomorphic features (fault traces, landslides), document the anatomy of fault rocks exhumed from depth to better understand earthquake behavior, and collect geological and geochronological samples for further lab work and analysis
Utilize high resolution topography (lidar, structure from motion) for geomorphic interpretation and GIS analysis
Prepare samples for petrographic analysis in electron microscope and geochronologic dating
Respond to natural disasters to provide timely observations to emergency responders and city officials
Actively monitor and map mud and debris flows for risk assessment
Interact with the rest of UCR's Earthquake Processes & Geophysics group to produce geologically accurate numerical simulations


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Entry requirements for 加州大學河濱分校

To be admitted to graduate status, the basic requirement is a bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution, with a major appropriate to the proposed graduate program. Applications are considered as received. For consideration for our top fellowships, it is best to complete the application process by December 1st. All students are required to take the GRE. International students whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). For those international students, preference for admission and fellowships will be given to those taking and passing the Test of Spoken English (TSE). The minimum acceptable scores are: 550 for the revised TOEFL paper-delivered test and 80 for the TOEFL iBT. Ielts - The minimum acceptable overall score is 7 with no score less than 6 on any individual component.Send transcripts from all Colleges and Universities attended. Graduate programs require three (3) letters of recommendation.
Applicants must submit these essays directly into their online application. Please note that each essay should not duplicate the other. We also do not accept a personal resume or curriculum vitae as a response to either essay.

English language requirements

托福(TOEFL iBT)總分: 80.0




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