Ethan M Conrad

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



I am a second year PhD advised by Dr. Claudio Faccenna and Co-advised by Dr. Nicola Tisato and Dr. Thorsten Becker. 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 climactic 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. These materials will be implemented into a state-of-the-art tectonic sandbox model at the Pickle Research Campus as part of a large scale and interdisciplinary landscape evolution project.

Current Research Projects

Tectonic Development of the Northern Caribbean Plate Boundary

Rotary Shear Experiments and their Insight into Fault Lubrication Mechanisms

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

Estwing Award - University of Florida (2019)

Lead Major - University of Florida (2019)

Officer, Graduate Student Executive Comittee (2020 - Present)

Vice President, Texas Geophysical Society (2020 - 2021)