Student Profile

Jackson School of Geosciences

Joshua K Davis

Joshua K Davis
Ph.D., Geology/Geophysics, The University of Texas at Austin, expected 2017


My research focuses on deciphering the break-up history of East India and East Antarctica. The project involves developing a holistic plate model for the breakup of East Gondwana (Antarctica, Australia, India, Madagascar, Seychelles, and Sri Lanka) and the subsequent seafloor spreading in the Mesozoic Indian Ocean. Then, coupling recent geophysical data from the margins with our plate model, I can develop a conceptualized tectonic model for the breakup of India and Antarctica. Via 3D numerical modeling we will test the plausibility of our tectonic model. Ultimately this work will seek to investigate the controls on margin development and segmentation during rifting and provide insight into the role that volcanism plays in the subsequent margin morphology.

Current Research Projects

Insights into the break-up of India and Antarctica from plate reconstructions, margin characterization, and numerical modeling ( view )