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Graduate Research

Andrew Canada

Ph.D. Candidate
Field of Interest: Basin Analysis
Advisor: Elizabeth Cassel

I am pursing a doctorate in geology at the University of Idaho. My research focuses on lake basin development and evolution in the Cordilleran hinterland of northeastern Nevada. During the Paleogene, a >3 km high orogenic plateau was situated across the Cordilleran hinterland. My goal is to assess the tectonic drivers for basin formation on this high-elevation plateau and to broadly reconstruct the topography and hydrology of this orogen. I am currently working on combining sedimentology and stratigraphy, from fieldwork I completed over the past two summers, with Ar/Ar geochronology and (U-Th)/(He-Pb) double dating of detrital zircon.

Andrew Canada conducts sed/strat analyses to understand basin formation in northeastern Nevada.

Daisuke Kobayashi

Ph.D. Candidate
Field of Interest: Geophysics/tectonics
Advisor: Ken Sprenke

I earned my bachelor of Science in geological sciences at the University of Idaho in 2009, and then attended Pennsylvania State University where I received my Masters of Science in 2012. Upon graduation, I returned to UI to pursue a doctorate in geophysics. The main theme of my research is seismotectonics in the Northern Rockies. In one facet of this research, I am exploring the possible linkage between the spatial distribution of the Idaho-Montana seismicity and the upper mantle structure. Another facet is to determine if hypothetical large earthquakes around Yellowstone enhance the potential for a Yellowstone eruption by modeling normal stress change due to those events.

Patterns of regional seismicity in the inland northwest.
Patterns of regional seismicity in the Inland Northwest

Thomas Morrow

Ph.D. Candidate
Field of Interest: Geodynamics
Advisor: Eric Mittelstaedt

I received my Bachelor of Science in geology from the University of Florida in 2010 and my Master of Science from the University of Idaho in 2014. I'm currently working on my doctorate at the University of Idaho. My research centers on the origin and evolution of mid-ocean ridge transform faults, transform fault segmentation, and the effects of intra-transform volcanism on these processes. I am currently working on incorporating melt transport models into existing geodynamic models in order to explore how melting processes may affect oceanic transform fault evolution.

Pacific Ocean bathymetry: Bifurcated fracture zones record a complex history of mid-ocean ridge transform fault segmentation and re-unification.


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