About us

Who we are

The structural geology and tectonics research group addresses topical problems in structural geology, regional geology and tectonics, and how rocks deform--at the atomic to the plate tectonic scale. The goals of our research are to contribute to our basic knowledge of deformation at the lithospheric scale, how deformation at depth is coupled to that  at the surface, and to better understand the driving forces for this deformation.  We utilize a variety of approaches, both traditional and innovative.  Our work is field-based, involving an important component of geologic mapping in addition to structural and microstructural analysis, stratigraphic and sedimentologic studies, metamorphic and igneous petrology, cross-section balancing, modeling and geophysical data.  Timing and the rates of deformational events based on geochronologic and thermochronologic data sets are key to our research. 

Our multidisciplinary approach to regional geology and tectonics relies on many kinds of data and on the interaction with many other faculty in GES and Geophysics.    Geologists and geophysicists at the nearby U.S. Geological Survey (a short bike ride away) represent a great additional resource.


Raft field trip

 Field trip to Albion-Raft River-Grouse Creek core complex, summer 2007.  Elba Quartzite and Schist of Upper Narrows


How to contact us:

Elizabeth L. Miller (Professor):  elmiller@stanford.edu

Dept. Geological and Environmental Sciences, Braun 320, Serra Mall 450, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305 tel: 650.723.1149

Facebook:  Friends of Stanford Structural Geology and Tectonics


Current Graduate students:  

Eric Gottlieb:  esgeo@stanford.edu

Carl Hoiland:  hoiland.carl@gmail.com

Tim O'Brien:  timothy3@stanford.edu

Stephen Pearcey: spearcey@stanford.edu

Mark Raftrey:  markraftrey@gmail.com

Recently Graduated:  

Abigail Rukzsnis

Jens Eric Lund-Snee:  Ph.D. student, Geophysics, Stanford U.

David Sheu:   StatOil

Alexandros Konstantinou:   Exxon-Mobil, Houston

Ariel Strickland:  Geologist and professor, Houston

Anne Egger:  Associate Professor, Central Washington University:  annegger@geology.cwu.edu

Nick Van Buer:  Assistant Professor, Cal Poly Pomona njvanbuer@ccp.edu

Current  and past  visitors and more:

Sandra Wyld (Blaustein visiting scholar)

Kris Meisling, Adjunct Professor  GS Tectonics and Basin Analysis

Trevor Dumitru, Adjunct Professor GS Thermochronology and Geochronology, western U.S. tectonics

Victoria Pease  (University  of Stockholm)

Jeffrey Lee (Blaustein visiting scholar)

Vyacheslav Akinin (Russian Academy of Sciences, NEISRI, Magadan, Russian Far East)

Anna Soboleva (Russian Fulbright Scholar)

Oaxana Udoratina

Alex Soloviev