Ramon Arrowsmith

ASU Tempe Campus, School of Earth and Space Exploration
Office 773, ISTB4 - BLDG75
781 E Terrace Road
TEMPE
Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
6004

Biography

Ramon Arrowsmith has been at Arizona State University since 1995 where he teaches field geology, structural geology, geomorphology, and computers in earth and space exploration. He has more than 20 years experience studying the earthquake geology, paleoseismology, and geomorphology of fault zones and publishing about their history of activity and hazards. He is cofounder and co-PI of the OpenTopography effort—a portal to the largest collection of freely available high resolution topography data (http://www.opentopography.org/).

He has lead many short courses, workshops, and visioning activities emphasizing high resolution topographic data and tectonic geomorphology. He and his students research on active faulting, earthquake geology, tectonic geomorphology, and the geologic framework for human origins. He has held a number of administrative positions in the ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) including associate chair (of Geological Sciences Department), associate directors of graduate studies and of pperations, and is currently the deputy director of SESE.

Education

  • Ph.D. Geological and Environmental Sciences, Stanford University, 1995, supervised by David D. Pollard. Dissertation title: ``Coupled Tectonic Deformation and Geomorphic Degradation along the San Andreas Fault System.''
  • B.S. Geology and Spanish (Summa Cum Laude), Whittier College, 1989, supervised by Dallas D. Rhodes. Senior Thesis: ``Geomorphic Responses in Ephemeral Channels to Strike-slip Faulting along the San Andreas Fault, Carrizo Plain, San Luis Obispo County, California.''

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Research Interests

I am interested in in earthquake geology, paleoseismology, and geomorphology of fault zones and publishing about their history of activity and hazards. I am cofounder and coPI of the OpenTopography efforta portal to the largest collection of freely available high resolution topography data (http://www.opentopography.org/). My students and i do research on active faulting, earthquake geology, tectonic geomorphology, and the geologic framework for human origins.
 

Research Group

http://activetectonics.la.asu.edu/index.html

Publications

A few recent publications (*STUDENT COAUTHOR):

  • 2017 Campisano, C. J., Cohen, A. S., Arrowsmith, J R., Asrat, A., Behrensmeyer, A. K., Brown, E. T., Deino, A. L., Deocampo, D. M., Feibel, C. S., Kingston, J. D., Lamb, H. F., Lowenstein, T. K., Noren, A., Olago, D., Owen, B., Pelletier, J. D., Potts, R., Reed, K. E., Renaut, R. W., Russell, J. M., Russell, J. L., Schaebitz, F., Stone, J. R., Trauth, M. H., Wynn, J. G.,  The Hominin Sites and Paleolakes Drilling Project: Acquiring High-Resolution Paleoclimate Records from the East African Rift System and Their Implications for Understanding the Environmental Context of Hominin Evolution, PaleoAnthropology: 1-43.
  • 2017 Gold, R. D., Cowgill, E., Arrowsmith, J R., Friedrich, A. M., Pulsed strain release on the Altyn Tagh fault, northwest China, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 459, p. 291-300, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2016.11.024.
  • 2016 Arrowsmith, J R., Crosby*, C. J., Korjenkov, A. M., Mamyrov, E., Povolotskaya, I., Guralnik, B., Landgraf, A., Surface rupture of the 1911 Kebin (Chon-Kemin) earthquake, Northern Tien Shan, Kyrgyzstan. In: Landgraf, A., Kuebler, S., Hintersberger, E. and Stein, S. (eds) Seismicity, Fault Rupture and Earthquake Hazards in Slowly Deforming Regions. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 432. http://doi.org/10.1144/SP432.10
  • 2015 DiMaggio*, E. N., Campisano, C. J., Rowan, J., Dupont-Nivet, G., Deino, A. L., Bibi, F., Lewis, M. E., Souron, A., Garello, D., Werdelin, L., Reed, K., E., Arrowsmith, J R., Late Pliocene Fossiliferous Sedimentary Record and the Environmental Context of early Homo from Afar, Ethiopia, Science, VOL 347 ISSUE 6228, 10.1126/science.aaa1415.
  • 2014 Umhoefer, P. J., Maloney, S., Arrowsmith, J R., Martinez-Gutierrez, G., Kent, G., Driscoll, N., Harding, A., Kaufman, D., Rittenour, T., Late Quaternary faulting history of the Carrizal and related faults, La Paz region, Baja California Sur, Mexico, Geosphere, DOI: 10.1130/GES00924.1, v. 10, no. 14.
  • 2013 Busch*, M., Arrowsmith J R., Umhoefer, P., Coyan*, J., Kent, G., Driscoll, N., Martinez Gutierrez,  G., Geometry, segmentation, and Quaternary slip behavior of the San Juan de los Planes and Saltito fault zones, Baja California Sur, Mexico: Characterization of rift-margin normal faults, Geosphere,  v. 9, p. 426-443, doi:10.1130/GES00806.1.
  • 2011 Toke*, N. A. Arrowsmith, J R., Rymer, M. J., Landgraf, A., Haddad*, D. E., Busch*, M. M., Coyan*, J., Hannah, A., Late Holocene slip rate of the San Andreas Fault and its accommodation by creep and M6 earthquakes at Parkfield, Geology, v. 39, no. 3, p. 243-246, doi: 10.1130/G31498.1.
  • 2009 Arrowsmith, J R., and Zielke*, O., Tectonic geomorphology of the San Andreas Fault zone from high resolution topography: an example from the Cholame segment,  Geomorphology; special issue on high resolution topography, doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2009.01.002.
  • 2008 Hilley, G. E., and Arrowsmith J R., Geomorphic response to uplift along the Dragon's Back pressure ridge, Carrizo Plain, California, Geology, v. 36; no. 5; p. 367-370; doi: 10.1130/G24517A.1.
  • 2005 Thiede, R. C., Arrowsmith, J R., Bookhagen, B., McWilliams, M. O., Sobel, E. R., Strecker, M. R., From tectonically to ``erosionally'' controlled development of the Himalayan orogen, Geology, 33, p. 689-692, doi: 10.1130/G21483.1.

 

Courses

Summer 2018
Course Number Course Title
SES 592 Research
SES 599 Thesis
SES 692 Research
SES 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
GLG 451 Field Geology I
GLG 591 Seminar
SES 692 Research
SES 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
GLG 591 Seminar
SES 692 Research
SES 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course Number Course Title
SES 592 Research
SES 692 Research
SES 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
AST 592 Research
GLG 592 Research
GLG 599 Thesis
AST 692 Research
SES 692 Research
GLG 692 Research
SES 792 Research
GLG 792 Research
AST 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation
AST 799 Dissertation
GLG 799 Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
GLG 592 Research
GLG 599 Thesis
SES 692 Research
AST 692 Research
GLG 692 Research
SES 792 Research
GLG 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation
AST 799 Dissertation
GLG 799 Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course Number Course Title
GLG 592 Research
AST 692 Research
GLG 799 Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
GLG 451 Field Geology I
GLG 591 Seminar
AST 592 Research
GLG 592 Research
GLG 595 Continuing Registration
GLG 599 Thesis
GLG 692 Research
AST 692 Research
GLG 792 Research
AST 792 Research
GLG 799 Dissertation
AST 799 Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
GLG 410 Computers in Geology
GLG 592 Research
GLG 598 Special Topics
GLG 599 Thesis
AST 692 Research
GLG 692 Research
GLG 792 Research
GLG 799 Dissertation
AST 799 Dissertation
Summer 2015
Course Number Course Title
GLG 592 Research
GLG 599 Thesis
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
GLG 451 Field Geology I
GLG 591 Seminar
AST 592 Research
GLG 592 Research
GLG 599 Thesis
GLG 692 Research
AST 692 Research
GLG 792 Research
AST 792 Research
GLG 799 Dissertation
AST 799 Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
GLG 591 Seminar
Spring 2014
Course Number Course Title
GLG 451 Field Geology I
GLG 591 Seminar
Fall 2013
Course Number Course Title
GLG 310 Structural Geology
GLG 591 Seminar

Honors/Awards

  • Arizona State University School of Earth and Space Exploration Undergraduate Professor of the Year (from students) 2013
  • Fellow, Geological Society of America 2009
  • Arizona State University School of Earth and Space Exploration Graduate Professor of the Year (from students) 2008
  • Arizona State University School of Earth and Space Exploration Undergraduate Professor of the Year (from students) 2007
  • Arizona State University Geological Sciences Department Faculty Appreciation award (from students) 2005
  • Arizona State University Geology Department Excellence in Teaching award 1996 (shared with S. Reynolds)

Professional Associations

<ul> <li>American Geophysical Union</li> <li>Geological Society of America</li> <li>Seismological Society of America</li> </ul>

Service

  • 2015-2016 NASA Strategic planning committee member for the NASA Earth Surface and Interior (ESI) Focus Area
  • 2014-present UNAVCO Nominating committee
  • 2007-present National Earthquake Prediction Evaluation Council (appointed by Director of US Geological Survey)
  • 2011-2016 Southern California Earthquake Center Planning Committee (SoSAFE)
  • 2006-present Arizona Land Subsidence Group member
  • 2008-2014 Committee on Seismology and Geodynamics, a standing committee within the National Research Council's Board on Earth Sciences and Resources
  • 2011-2015 EarthScope Steering Committee chairman
  • 2011-2015 EarthScope National Office Director
  • 2013 Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station Seismic Hazard Review (SSHAC level 3) Resource Expert
  • 2010-2013 Scientific Review Panel, Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast 3