Blueschists of Syros Island, Greece
High pressure subduction complexes preserved on Syros Island in Greece record different deformational processes and mechanisms as they transition from subduction to exhumation.
Valle Santo Thomas, Baja California, Mexico
The Agua Blanca and San Miguel-Vallecitos faults in Baja California accommodate ~14% of plate boundary motion at this latitude. We are investigating their rates of slip and kinematic linkages with other faults within the San Andreas system and the Gulf of California Rift Zone.
Mantle xenoliths from the Cima Volcanic Field, California
Xenoliths erupted from young volcanoes in the Mojave region are clues to understanding the present-day rheology of the lithospheric mantle and the nature of the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary.
Rio Grande del Norte, New Mexico
Terraces along the Rio Grande River in northern New Mexico constrain incision rates for this steeply incised gorge.
Olivine deformation experiments
Experiments on olivine aggregates are being used to track the mechanics of strain localization operative in Earth's deep lithosphere.
Research in the BRG focuses on the mechanics and kinematics of deformation at plate boundaries and spans a wide range of spatial and temporal scales. We examine the geomorphic expression of young, active faults, and we also study older remnants of deep-seated ductile shear zones exhumed from greater depth within Earth’s lithosphere. BRG students apply a wide range of field, structural, geochronological and analytical methods. To find out more about some of our active projects, check out our Research page. If you’re a prospective graduate student, please feel free to check out the Student Opportunities page and don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Behr or anyone else in the BRG if you have questions about the graduate program at UT Austin.
BRG Mailing Address: Dept. of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences, 2275 Speedway Stop C9000, Austin TX, 78712-1722
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