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Richard Henry Styron

Address and contact information

The University of Michigan

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Ann Arbor, Michigan

email: richard.h.styron at gmail

Google Scholar profile

Current Position

Post-doctoral Researcher

Crustal Mechanics and Lithospheric Dynamics Research Group

University of Michigan

Consultant

Ecopetrol, S.A., Colombia

Thermokinematic modeling of rifting and contractional basin inversion

Primary Research Interest:

Tectonic and volcanic deformation of lithosphere via field, geodetic, and thermochronologic methods

Specialties include field mapping, GPS geodesy and computer modeling of faulting and orogenesis

Personal Information

DOB: 15 Dec 1982, Tulsa, Oklahoma USA (US citizen)

Unmarried (engaged)

Education

University of Kansas                                      Geology                      Ph.D., 2012

Thesis: Estimating fault slip rates in the Indo-Asian Collision Zone over 10 to 106 yr timescales

Primary Advisor: Michael H. Taylor

University of Arkansas                                   Geology                      M.S., 2008

Thesis: Kinematics of the western margin of Nicaragua from GPS geodesy

Primary Advisor: Glen S. Mattioli

University of Arkansas                                   Geology                      B.S., 2005

Appointments

Fall 2011 – Spring 2012                                  Teaching Assistant, University of Kansas

Summer 2011                                                  Teaching Assistant, KU Field Camp

Fall 2010-Spring 2011                         Patterson Fellow, University of Kansas

Summer 2010                                                  Teaching Assistant, KU Field Camp

Spring 2010                                                     Teaching Assistant, University of Kansas

Fall 2009                                                         Patterson Fellow, University of Kansas

Summer 2009                                                  Teaching Assistant, KU Field Camp

Spring 2009 – Spring 2010                              Technician, KU Cosmogenic Nuclide Extraction Lab

Fall 2008 – Spring 2009                                  Teaching Assistant, University of Kansas

Fall 2007 – Spring 2008                                  Research Assistant, University of Arkansas

Summer 2007                                                  Geodesist, University of Arkansas Geodesy Lab

Summer 2006                                                  Geodesist, University of Arkansas Geodesy Lab

Spring 2006 – Spring 2007                              Teaching Assistant, University of Arkansas

Fall 2004 – Fall 2005                                      Technician, University of Arkansas Tree-Ring Lab

Courses Instructed (I) /Assisted (A)

Structural Geology Laboratory (KU, UARK) (I)

Earthquakes and Natural Disasters (KU) (A)

Environmental Geology (KU) (A)

Geology Field Camp (KU) (I/A)

Introduction to Geology (KU) (A)

Historical Geology (UARK) (A)

Advanced Field Mapping (KU) (I/A)

Introduction to Geology Laboratory (KU, UARK) (I)

Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology Laboratory (UARK) (I)

Honors and Awards

2010                Geological Society of America Outstanding Student Research Award, Structural Geology and Tectonics Division

2009-2011       Patterson Fellowship, University of Kansas

2012                Erasmus Haworth Award, top graduating Ph.D. student, Department of Geology, University of Kansas

Grants:

2012                University of Kansas Summer Research Fellowship, $5000

2010                Geological Society of America Student Research Grant, Late Quaternary slip rate on the southeast Karakoram Fault from Terrestrial Cosmogenic Nuclides, $3600

2010                Summer Support, KU Department of Geology, $1200

2009                Summer Support, KU Department of Geology, $1200

Field Experience

5 field campaigns for GPS geodesy in Nicaragua and Dominica, 2006-2008

2 field campaign for tectonics (mapping, geochronology, thermochronology), S. Tibet, 2009-2010

2 mapping projects along the Garlock Fault, California, 2009 and 2011

1 field campaign for LiDAR survey of the 4 April 2010 Mexicali earthquake rupture, 2011

3x Teaching Assistant, University of Kansas Geology Field Camp, Cañon City, Colorado, 2009-2010

3x Dendrochronology field campaigns, Utah-Idaho, Arkansas, Oklahoma, 2004-2005

University of Arkansas Geology Field Camp, Dillion, Montana, Summer 2003

Geoscience Research Skills

Field

Geology:         Structural mapping (bedrock and neotectonic), thermochronologic sampling, terrestrial cosmogenic nuclide sampling, instruction

Geodesy:         Campaign GPS site installation and monitoring, Terrestrial LiDAR surveying

Laboratory

Geochronology:       Zircon and apatite (U-Th)/He mineral separation, picking, noble as and ICP mass spectrometry, 10Be TCN sample preparation and Be isolation

Dendro:           Tree-ring specimen preparation, ring width measurements, chronology development

Computer

GIS:                ArcGIS (analysis and geologic mapping), Generic Mapping Tools, ENVI, Quantum GIS

Thermochron:  Pecube (3D Finite Element thermochronological modeling program), Helium Modeling Package (HeMP).  Developed computational superstructure for Pecube that incorporates structural geological observations and runs thousands of models simultaneously on Amazon’s EC2 servers for rigorous and efficient hypothesis testing and parameter space exploration.

Geodesy:         GIPSY-OASIS, various GPS receiver apps (Trimble, Leica, Ashtech), GMT, Riegl RiScan (LiDAR data collection and management), ROI-PAC (limited experience)

General:           Python, MATLAB, Linux, Picloud (python interface to Amazon cloud)

Leadership and logistics

Lead or co-lead 7 international field campaigns (Nicaragua, Dominica, Tibet (China), Mexico), several domestic field trips, working knowledge of Spanish, 3 summers as whitewater (raft, kayak) and mountain bike guide

Service

2011                Organizer the KU Geology G-Hawker Student Research Symposium

2010-2011       President, KU Geology Club

2010-2011       President, Sigma Gamma Epsilon, Alpha Chapter (KU)

2009-2011       Mentor, KU Geology Undergraduate Mentor Program

2010                Organizer the KU Geology G-Hawker Student Research Symposium

2009                Co-founder and co-chair, KU Geology Undergraduate Mentor Program (undergraduates mentored by graduate students)

2007-2008       Vice President, Sigma Gamma Epsilon (UARK)

2007-2008       Graduate Student Representative (UARK)

2006-2008       Treasurer, Sigma Gamma Epsilon (UARK) 

Academic Affiliations

American Geophysical Union (AGU)

Geological Society of America (GSA)

Sigma Gamma Epsilon (ΣΓΕ) 

Publications

1.     Miocene initiation and acceleration of extension in the South Lunggar rift, western Tibet: Evolution of an active detachment system from structural mapping and (U-Th)/He thermochronology, in press, Richard H Styron, Michael H Taylor, Kurt E Sundell, Daniel F Stockli, Jeffrey A G Oalmann, Andreas Möller, Andrew T McCallister, Deliang Liu, Lin Ding, Tectonics, Tectonics 01/2013; DOI:10.1002/tect.20053

2.      Veloza, G., Styron, R., Taylor, M., Mora, A., 2012, Active Tectonics of the Andes: An open-source archive for active faults in northwestern South America, GSA Today, vol. 22, no. 10, p. 4-10, doi: 10.1130/GSAT-G156A.1.

3.     Taylor, M., Gosse, J., Horton, B., Styron, R., Al Zayer, Y., Yang, G., Caffee, M., in revision, Active shortening along the Andean thrust front, Precordillera, Argentina: Implications for rates of deformation and eastward advance of the Andes, Geophysical Journal International

4.      Styron, R., Taylor, M., Murphy, M., 2011, Oblique convergence, arc-parallel extension, and strike-slip faulting in the High Himalaya, Geosphere, vol. 7, no. 2, 587-596.

5.    Styron, R., Taylor, M., and Okoronkwo, K., 2010, HimaTibetMap-1.0: new ‘web-2.0’ online database of active structures from the Indo-Asian collision, Eos, vol.91 no. 20.

Manuscripts in preparation

1.  Styron, R., Taylor, M., Sundell, K., in prep, Northward propagation of rapid extension in southern Tibet:  A consequence of Indian underthrusting?  Manuscript completed, to be submitted to Geology following publication of underlying datasets

2.   Sundell, K., Styron, R., Taylor, M., Stockli, D., Kapp, P., Liu, D., Ding, L., in prep, Low-temperature thermochronology of the North Lunggar Rift, west-central Tibet, to be submitted to Tectonics [85%]

3.   Styron, R., Kapp., P., Taylor, M., Sundell,, in prep, Digital geologic map of the Lunggar Rift, Tibet, to be submitted to the Geological Society of America Digital Map and Chart Series [85%]

4.   Styron, R., Taylor, M., McCallister, A., in prep., Late Quaternary slip rate on the southeastern Karakoram Fault, Tibet, from cosmogenic 10Be., to be submitted to Geology [50%]

5.  McCallister, A., Taylor, M., Murphy, M., Styron, R., Stockli, D., Pullen, A., Kapp, P., in prep., Late Cenozoic tectonics of the Gurla Mandhata detachment system, southwest Tibet [80%]

Selected Abstracts

1.   Styron, R., Taylor, M., Sundell, K., Stockli, D., McCallister, A., Liu, D., Ding, L., 2011, Variations in extensional style in the Lunggar Rift, Southern Tibet, through a change in extensional driving forces, Eos Trans. AGU, 92 (52), Fall Meet Suppl., T43F-2457.

2.   Sundell, K., Taylor, M., Styron, R., Stockli, D., Kapp, P., Liu, D., Ding, L, 2011, Late Miocene – Pliocene development of the North Lunggar Rift: Implications for the onset of strike-slip faulting and constrictional strain in central Tibet, Eos Trans. AGU, 92 (52), Fall Meet Suppl., T43F, 2458.

3.   Elliott, A., Gold, P., Styron, R., Oskin, M., Taylor, M., Hinojosa-Corona, A., Herrs, A., 2011, Time-series of scarp modification on the 2010 El Mayor-Cucapah earthquake rupture from repeat terrestial LiDAR surveys, Eos Trans. AGU, 92(52) Fall Meet. Suppl., T31B-2351.

4.   Styron, R., Taylor, M., Sundell, K., Stockli, D., McCallister, A., Liu, D., Ding, L.,The South Lunggar Rift, western Tibet: Rates, timing and evolution of an active detachment system from structural mapping and (U-Th)/He thermochronology, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol., 43, paper 52-10.

5.  Styron, R., Taylor, M., Stockli, D., Sundell, K., Liu, D., Ding, L., 2010, Preliminary structural and thermochronological observations from the South Lunggar Rift, western Tibet, Eos Trans. AGU, 91 (52), Fall Meet. Suppl., T43C-2243.

6.   Sundell, K., Taylor, M., Stockli, D., Kapp, P., Styron, R., Liu, D., Ding, L., 2010, Late Miocene – Pliocene rifting in west-central Tibet: Evidence from (U-Th)/He thermochronology of the North Lunggar Rift, Eos Trans. AGU, 91 (52), Fall Meet. Suppl., T43B-2202.

7.  Styron, R., Taylor, M., Sundell, K., Stockli, D., Liu, D., Ding, L., 2010, The South Lunggar Rift: A juvenile detachment in western Tibet?  Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 42, No. 5, p. 619, paper 264-4.

8.  Sundell, K., Taylor, M., Stockli, D., Styron, R., Kapp, P., Liu, D., Ding, L., 2010, Low-temperature thermochronology of the North Lunggar Rift, west-central Tibet, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 42, No. 5, p. 619, paper 285-5.

9.  Styron, R., Taylor, M., and Murphy, M., 2009.  Kinematics of the Himalayan arc from GPS geodesy and structural geology, Eos Trans. AGU, 90(52), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract  T41D-07.

10.  Sundell, K., M. Taylor, Stockli, D., Kapp, P., Styron, R., 2009.  A field test of the rolling hinge model: Example from the Lunggar extensional system, Eos Trans. AGU, 90(52), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract T43C-2112.

11.   Styron, R., Taylor, M., Murphy, M., 2009.  Himalayan orogen-parallel extension from GPS geodesy and structural geology.  The 5th International Symposium on Tibetan Plateau / The 24th Himalaya-Karakorum-Tibet Workshop, Beijing, China. August 11-14, 2009.

12.  Styron, R., Mattioli, G., and Cothren, J., 2007, Rapid Syn-eruptive Ground Deformation During July 2003 Soufriere Hills Volcano Eruption Constrained by Continuous Kinematic GPS, Eos Trans. AGU, 88 (52), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract V24B-01.

13.  Styron, R., Turner, H., James, S., Mattioli, G., and Jansma, P., 2007, Definition and kinematics of the Nicaraguan forearc and stable Caribbean from GPS geodesy, Eos Trans. AGU, 88 (23) Spring Meet. Suppl., Abstract G33A-03.

14.  Turner, H., Mattioli, G., Jansma, P., Styron, R., 2007, Forearc Sliver Translation, a Lack of Arc-Normal Strain Accumulation, and Interplate Thrust Earthquakes: GPS Geodesy in Western Nicaragua, Eos Trans. AGU, 88 (23), Spring Meet. Suppl., G33A-02

15.  Fauria, K., Styron, R.H., James, S., Turner, H.L., Ashlock, A., Cavness, C.L., Collier, X., Feinstein, R., Murphy, R., Staisch, L., Williams, B., DeMets, C., Mattioli, G.S., Jansma, P.E., and J. Cothren, 2007, A revised Caribbean plate motion model: GPS geodetic results from the Dominica NSF-REU site, Eos Trans. AGU, 88 (52), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract G21C-0657.

16.  Staisch, L., Styron, R.H., James, S., Turner, H.L., Ashlock, A., Cavness, C.L., Collier, X., Fauria, K., Feinstein, R., Murphy, R., Williams, B., Mattioli, G.S., Jansma, P.E., and J. Cothren, 2007, Dislocation modeling and comparison with GPS data to assess possible elastic strain accumulation in the Central Lesser Antilles: New constraints from the NSF REU site in Dominica between 2001 and 2007, Eos Trans. AGU, 88 (52), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract G21C-0656.

17.  Murphy, R., James, S., Styron, R.H., Turner, H.L., Ashlock, A., Cavness, C.L., Collier, X., Fauria, K., Feinstein, R., Staisch, L., Williams, B., Mattioli, G.S., Jansma, P.E., and J. Cothren, 2007, Volcanic surface deformation in Dominica from GPS geodesy: Results from the 2007 NSF-REU site, Eos Trans. AGU, 88 (52), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract V11C-0754.

18.  Graham, S., Turner, H.L., Mattioli, G.S., Jansma, P.E., Styron, R.H., Burch, M.J., Carr, B.B., FitzGerald, K., and C. Mansfield, 2007, GPS geodetic constraints on the November 21, 2004 Mw 6.3 earthquake off the northwest coast of Dominica: implications for in situ volatile solubilities and eruptions dynamics, Eos Trans. AGU 88 (23), Jt. Assem. Suppl., G43B-1

19.  Carr, B.B., Mattioli, G.S., Jansma, P., Turner, H., Styron, R., Burch, M.J., Mansfield, C., Graham, S.E., and K. Fitzgerald, 2006, Ongoing Surface Deformation Studies of Dominica, BWI: GPS Results and Interpretations From the 2006 NSF-REU Campaign, Eos Trans. AGU 87 (52), Fall Meet. Suppl., G53A-0867.

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