University of California, Riverside

Earth Sciences

Department of Earth Sciences

Nicolas C. Barth

Nicolas C. Barth

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Geology University of Otago, New Zealand 2013

Phone: (951) 827-3183
Office: Geology 454A

Research Interests:

Neotectonics / Tectonophysics / Geomorphology / Structure / Natural Hazards / Landscape Evolution

Though my research interests span almost all aspects of geology, at the core I aim to improve our understanding of active faults and the evolution of landscapes. I strive to employ a multi-disciplinary field-based, lab-supported, collaborative approach to explore far-reaching, broader picture research that is widely beneficial and societally relevant. My research is currently focused on the New Zealand and California plate boundaries.

Recent Projects:

Current research projects include characterizing earthquake deformation and fault anatomy from outcrops along the southern Alpine Fault (sAF), reoccupying a 1976 survey network spanning the sAF with GPS to test for evidence of fault creep, and a drainage reorganization study of the Southern Alps. I am involved in the Deep Fault Drilling Project (DFDP) on the central Alpine Fault in New Zealand and anticipate involvement in Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC)'s Special Fault Study Area program.

Barth, N.C. 2014, Lidar reveals uniform Alpine fault offsets and bimodal plate boundary rupture behavior, New Zealand: COMMENT, Geology, (accepted), doi: 10.1130/G35816C.1.

Barth, N.C., D.K. Kulhanek, A.G. Beu, C.V. Murray-Wallace, B.W. Hayward, D.C. Mildenhall, and D.E. Lee 2014, New c. 270 kyr strike-slip and uplift rates for the southern Alpine Fault and implications for the New Zealand plate boundary, Journal of Structural Geology v. 64 39–52, doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2013.08.009.

Langridge, R.M., W.F. Ries, T. Farrier, N.C. Barth, N. Khajavi, and G.P. De Pascale 2014, Developing sub 5-m LiDAR DEMs for forested sections of the Alpine and Hope faults, South Island, New Zealand: Implications for structural interpretations, Journal of Structural Geology v. 64, 53–66, doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2013.11.007.

Barth, N.C., C. Boulton, B.M. Carpenter, G.E. Batt, and V.G. Toy 2013, Slip localization on the southern Alpine Fault, New Zealand, Tectonics v. 31, 1–21, doi: 10.1002/tect.20041.

Barth, N.C. 2013, The Cascade rock avalanche: implications of a very large Alpine Fault-triggered failure, New Zealand, Landslides, 15 p., doi: 10.1007/s10346-013-0389-1.

Barth, N.C., V.G. Toy, R.M. Langridge, and R.J. Norris 2012, Scale dependence of oblique plate-boundary partitioning: New insights from LiDAR, central Alpine fault, New Zealand, Lithosphere v. 4, no. 5, 435–448, doi: 10.1130/L201.1.

Barth, N.C., B.R. Hacker, G.G.E. Seward, E.O. Walsh, D. Young, and S. Johnston 2010, Strain within the ultrahigh-pressure Western Gneiss region of Norway recorded by quartz CPOs, in Continental Tectonics and Mountain Building: the Legacy of Peach and Horne, Geological Society of London, Special Publications, v. 335, 663–685, doi: 10.1144/SP335.27.

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