Dr. Michael Oskin
Professor of Geology
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Earth and Physical Sciences Building
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
Office: 3123 EPS
Lab: 2236 EPS
About My Research
As a structural geologist and geomorphologist, I specialize in active crustal deformation and its relationships to surface processes and topography. My research program addresses three themes:
- Quantifying variation of deformation rates and their relationship to earthquakes.
- Constraining the forces and processes that govern continental deformation.
- Predicting topographic responses to the growth of geologic structures.
These themes build toward a common framework for understanding active crustal deformation and its expression in landscapes. The first two research themes differ largely by time scale, with the first focused on short-term deformation processes over one or more earthquake cycles, and the second concerned with longer-term accumulated deformation and time-averaged processes. The third theme includes the development of new tools to quantify deformation from topography. I also pursue the inverse problem of quantifying surface processes from geomorphic responses to crustal deformation.
My current interests include the slip-rate behavior of strike-slip faults, the evolution of plateau landscapes, and the interaction of tectonics, erosion and sedimentation, with fieldwork focused on tectonically active areas of North America and China. My students and I make extensive use of high-resolution lidar topography and remote-sensing imagery in our research. Check out my blog for more information about my current research program.