John Oldow

John Oldow


  • tsunami
  • earthquakes
  • structural geology
  • regional tectonics
  • active plate margins


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John Oldow, Ph.D. School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Head of Geosciences Program

Dr. John Oldow is professor of structural geology and tectonics, specializing in regional tectonics and processes related to active plate margins. His work includes projects in the Aleutian Volcanic Arc, Arctic Alaska, northwestern Canada, the northern Puget lowland and central Cascades of the Pacific Northwest, the western Great Basin, and the circurn-Tyrrhenian region of the central Mediterranean. Primary emphasis is placed on deciphering the three-dimensional geometry and kinematics of transpressional and transtensional deformational belts. His work is largely field-based and includes geologic mapping and the application of structural and stratigraphic analysis, potential-field geophysics, GPS geodesy, and Terrestrial Laser Scanning to regional tectonic problems.

His research activities of the last two decades have been funded by the National Science Foundation, the United States Geological Survey, the Petroleum Research Fund of the American Chemical Society, the Department of Energy, NATO, and both domestic and foreign petroleum and mineral exploration companies.

He earned his PhD in geology from Northwestern University in 1978.


Updated: March 11, 2011