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Frank J. Pazzaglia

Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, 18015-3188

Research Interests: Fluvial geomorphology and active tectonics, with applications to the Appalachians, Cascadia, Rockies, Crete, and the Apennines; Quantitative analyses of topography using DEMs.

Professional Preparation:

Bachelor of Science in Geosciences, May 1986 from the Pennsylvania State University, Dr. T.W. Gardner, senior thesis advisor. Senior thesis: Geomorphic indicators of neotectonism of the Osa and Burica Peninsulas, southwest Costa Rica.

Master of Science in Geology, December 1989 from the University of New Mexico, Dr. S.G.Wells, advisor. Thesis title: Tectonic and climatic influences on the evolution of Quaternary depositional landforms along a segmented range-front fault, Sangre de Cristo Mountains, north-central New Mexico.

Doctor of Philosophy in Geosciences, May, 1993 from the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. T.W. Gardner, advisor. Thesis title: Tectonic geomorphology and late Cenozoic geology of the middle U.S. Atlantic passive margin.

NSF Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, 1993-94, Department of Geology and Geophysics, Yale University, Dr. Mark T. Brandon, research collaborator.


Professor, July, 2013 – present.

Professor and Chair, August 2007 – June, 2013 Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA.

Associate Professor, August 1999 – August 2007, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA.

Assistant Professor, August 1994 – July 1999, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Univ. of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.

Relevant Products:

Pazzaglia, F. J. and Gardner, T. W., 1994, Late Cenozoic flexural deformation of the middle U.S. Atlantic passive margin: Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 99, n. B6, p. 12,143-12,157.

Pazzaglia, F. J. and Brandon, M. T., 1996, Macrogeomorphic evolution of the post-Triassic Appalachian Mountains determined by deconvolution of the offshore basin sedimentary record: BR, 8, 255-278.

Pazzaglia, F. J. and Gardner, T. W., 2000, Late Cenozoic large-scale landscape evolution of the U.S. Atlantic passive margin, in Summerfield, M. ed., Geomorphology and Global Tectonics: John Wiley, New York, 283-302.

Wolin, E., Stein, S., Pazzaglia, F. J., Meltzer, A., Kafka, A., and Berti, C., 2012, Mineral, Virginia, earthquake illustrates seismicity of a passive-aggressive margin, GRL, 39, L02305, doi:10.1029/2011GL050310.

Berti, C., Pazzaglia, F. J., Meltzer, A. S., and Harrison, R. J., 2015, Geomorphic evidence for persistent, cumulative deformation of the Virginia Piedmont in the vicinity of the 23 August, 2011 Mineral earthquake: Geological Society of America Special Paper, 509, 000-000.

Other Significant Products:

*Pazzaglia, F. J. and Brandon, M. T., 2001, A Fluvial Record of long-term steady-state uplift and erosion across the Cascadia forearc high, western Washington State: AJS, 301, 385-431.

Pazzaglia, F. J., 1993, Stratigraphy, petrography, and correlation of late Cenozoic middle Atlantic Coastal Plain deposits: Implications for late-stage passive margin geologic evolution, Geol. Soc. of Am. Bull., 105, 1617-1634.

Frankel, K. L., Pazzaglia, F. J., and Vaughn, J. D., 2007, Knickpoint evolution in a vertically bedded substrate and upstream-dipping terraces: GSA Bulletin, 119, p.476-486.

Picotti, V. and Pazzaglia, F. J., 2008, A new active tectonic model for the construction of the Northern Apennines mountain front near Bologna (Italy): Journal of Geophysical Research, 113, doi:10.1029/2007JB005307.

McKeon, R. E., Zeitler, P. K., Pazzaglia, F. J., Idleman, B. D., and Enkelmann, E., 2013, Decay of an old orogen: Inferences about Appalachian landscape evolution from low-temperature thermochronology: Geological Society of America Bulletin, doi: 10.1130/B30808.1.

Synergistic Activities:

Professional Affiliations: American Geophysical Union, Geological Society of America, and New Mexico Geological Society

Editoral Contributions: Associate Editors – Geological Society of America Bulletin, American Journal of Science.

Research Collaborators (last 4 years):

Anastasio, D. (Lehigh); Berti, C. (Lehigh); Brandon, M. T. (Yale University); Bruno, P. P. (INGV-La Spezia); Eppes, M., (UNC-Charlotte); Frankel, K. (GATech, deceased); Gallen, S., (UMich); Gardner, T.W. (Trinity U); Harrison, R. (USGS); Holt, B., (Stony Brook); Idleman, B. (Lehigh); Kodama, K. (Lehigh); Meltzer, A. (Lehigh); Morris D. (Lehigh); Pederson, J., (USU); Picotti, V. (ETH); Rittenour, T., (USU); Smith, D., (DSC); Stein, S. (Northwestern); Wegmann, K. (NC State); Willenbring, J. (UPenn); Willett, S. (ETH); Zeitler, P. (Lehigh).

Pazzaglia’s Advisors:

Wells, S.G. (M.S.); Gardner, T.W. (Ph.D.); Brandon, M.T. (Post-doc, Yale University)

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