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Structural Geology and Tectonics


Research in Structural Geology and Tectonics at the University of Georgia focuses on orogenesis (mountain-building) at active continental margins and on the dispersal pathways of tectonic terranes due to plate tectonics. Previous research focuses have been center around the study of the time-space relationship of magmatism to metamorphism and deformation, and the correspondence of plate motions to tectonic events preserved within the geologic record (Jim Wright’s). Research involves field-based studies of tectonostratigraphic terranes and their boundaries with particular emphasis on structural relations and links between deformation and plate tectonics. Faculty and student research in this program has most recently been in the western North American Cordillera, the southern Caribbean, and Far-East Arctic Russia.

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The Office of Research, in partnership with the Office of the Provost, provides “pre-seed” funding to facilitate the formation of faculty teams and collaboration around critical areas of research expertise or emerging research topics.


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