Ethan M Conrad

Ethan M Conrad
B.S., Geology, University of Florida, 2019

Mailcode: C1140



My research interests include structural geology, tectonics, fault mechanics, and tectonic geomorphology. I use field observations, thermochronology and laboratory experiments to study how landscapes deform in response to tectonic and climatic forces. The field component of my research is focused on the Cenozoic evolution of the Northern Caribbean Plate Boundary. In particular, using the geology of Hispaniola as a key record of plate boundary reorganization in the region. To better understand how faults grow, evolve, and uplift mountains, I conduct laboratory experiments aimed at testing the frictional behavior of rocks and crustal analog materials. I implement these materials in state-of-the-art landscape evolution experiments designed to investigate the evolution of topography during transpressional deformation.

Current Research Projects

Tectonic Development of the Northern Caribbean Plate Boundary

Rotary Shear Experiments and their Insight into Fault Strengthening and Weakening Mechanisms

Laboratory Modeling of Tectonic and Climatic Processes During Transpressional Deformation

Outstanding student presentation award (OSPA) - American Geophysical Union (2020)

Chair's Award - Best Undergraduate Thesis - University of Florida (2019)

Estwing Award - University of Florida (2019)

Lead Major - University of Florida (2019)

President, Texas Geophysical Society (2021 - 2022)

Officer, Graduate Student Executive Comittee (2020 - 2021)

Vice President, Texas Geophysical Society (2020 - 2021)

Cenozoic Evolution of the Northern Caribbean Plate Boundary: Insights from Thermochronometric, Kinematic and Geomorphic data (poster), Geological Society of America, Virtual (2020)

New data on the stick-slip mechanics of seismogenic faults from rotary shear experiments (poster), American Geophysical Union, Virtual (2020)

Geochemical Diversity of Lavas from the 8°20'N Seamount Chain Provides Insights into Seamount Evolution from a Heterogeneous Mantle, American Geophysical Union, Washington D.C. (2018)