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Richard G. Gordon
Professor
W. M. Keck Foundation Professorship in Geophysics
 
e-mail:rgg@rice.edu
 
  • AB, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1975
  • MS, Stanford University, 1977
  • PhD, Stanford University, 1979
 
Primary Department
   Department of Earth, Environmental & Planetary Sciences
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Department Affiliations
 
  • Center for Computational Geophysics
  • Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering
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    Websites
     Earth Science Faculty
     Rice Global Tectonics Web Page
     
    Research Areas
     Global tectonics and tectonophysics, marine geophysics, space geodesy, paleomagnetism
     
    Research Statement
     Quantitative Tectonics: Applications to regional and global tectonics of investigations of the horizontal kinematics of the crust and
    lithosphere inferred mainly from marine-geophysical, paleomagnetic, space geodetic, and earthquake-mechanism data.

    Tectonic applications of space geodesy: Donald Argus and I are studying the motion between the Pacific, North America,
    Eurasian, and Sierra-Nevada plates over the past decade using geodetic data from very long baseline interferometry. One focus
    has been how motion is accommodated across the wide deforming zone in western North America that divides the Pacific from
    the North American plate.

    Plate rigidity and wide plate boundary zones: Using marine geophysical and space geodetic data, students, colleagues and I have
    been placing quantitative limits on plate rigidity and identifying regions of the world where plates deform over very wide zones,
    which we interpret as diffuse plate boundaries. Of particular interest has been the deforming zone in the equatorial Indian Ocean
    east of the Central Indian Ridge and west of Sumatra. Our recent work has expanded to include the motion between the
    Capricorn and Australian plates and the oceanic portions of the Nubian and Somalian plates.

    Tectonic paleomagnetism: With Ben Horner-Johnson, I am analyzing the shapes of sea-surface magnetic anomalies due to
    seafloor spreading. From this information we estimate paleomagnetic poles averaged over small, precisely dated time intervals.
    Goals of this work include testing circum-Pacific plate reconstructions, determining the history of motion of hotspots relative to the
    paleomagnetic axis, and to put bounds on possible persistent quadrupole components of the geomagnetic field in the past.

    Plate motion relative to the hotspots: Current studies include a global model of current plate motion relative to the hotspots (with
    Alice Gripp), a model for the Tertiary and Cretaceous motion of the Pacific plate relative to hotspots, implications for the tectonic
    and volcanic evolution of the Pacific, the quantification of uncertainties of plate motion relative to the hotspots, and tests for motion
    between hotspots.

     
    Teaching Areas
     Introductory geology, structural geology, global tectonics, tectonophysics
     
    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles
     

    Corné Kreemer, Richard G Gordon "Pacific plate deformation from horizontal thermal contraction." Geology , 42 (2014) : 847-850.

     
     

    Emilia A Koivisto, David L Andrews, Richard G Gordon "Tests of fixity of the Indo‐Atlantic hot spots relative to Pacific hot spots." Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 119 (January 2014) : 661-675.

     
     

    Lin Zheng, Richard G Gordon, Corné Kreemer "Absolute plate velocities from seismic anisotropy: Importance of correlated errors." Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 119 (2014) : 7336-7352.

     
     

    Koivisto, E. A., D. L. Andrews, and R. G. Gordon (2014), Tests of fixity of the Indo-Atlantic hot spots relative to Pacific hot spots, J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 119, doi:10.1002/2013JB010413.

     
     

    Zheng, L., R. G. Gordon, and C. Kreemer "Absolute plate velocities from seismic anisotropy: Importance of correlated errors." Submitted

     
     

    Argus, D.F., Gordon, R.G., DeMets, C. "Geologically current motion of 56 plates relative to the no-net-rotation reference frame." Geochemistry,Geophysics, Geosystems ( 2011)

     
     

    Koivisto, E.A., Gordon, R.G., Dyment, J., Arkani-Hamed, J. "The spreading-rate dependence of anomalous skewness of Pacific plate magnetic anomaly 32: Revisited." Lithosphere (2011)

     
     

    Argus, D. F., R. G. Gordon, M. B. Heflin, C. Ma, R. J. Eanes, P. Willis, W. R. Peltier, & S. E. Owen "The angular velocities of the plates and the velocity of Earth’s centre from space geodesy." Geophys. J. Int. (2010)

     
     

    DeMets, D. C., R. G. Gordon, & D. F. Argus "Geologically current plate motions." Geophys. J. Int. (2010)

     
     

    Horner-Johnson, B. C., & R. G. Gordon "True polar wander since 32 Ma B.P.: A Paleomagnetic Investigation of the Skewness of Magnetic Anomaly 12r on the Pacific Plate." J. Geophys. Res. (2010)

     
     

    Ghosh, J. & R. G. Gordon "Constrained Strength Envelopes for Deforming Oceanic Lithosphere with Some Implications for the History of Lithospheric Deformation of the Equatorial Indian Ocean." J. Geophys. Res. (2010) In Revision

     
     

    Koivisto, E. A., R. G. Gordon, J. Dyment, & J. Arkani-Hamed "Revised Chron 32 (71.6 to 73.0 Ma) Palaeomagnetic Pole for the Pacific Plate Incorporating Spreading-Rate-Dependent Anomalous Skewness." Geophys. J. Int. (2010) In Revision

     
     

    Kumar, R. R., & R. G. Gordon "Horizontal Thermal Contraction of Oceanic Lithosphere: The Ultimate Limit to the Rigid Plate Approximation." Journal of Geophysical Research, 114 (2009)

     
     

    Gordon, R. G., D. F. Argus, & J.-Y. Royer "Space geodetic test of kinematic models for the Indo-Australian composite plate." Geology, 36 (2008) : 827-830.

     
     

    Andrews, D. L.; Gordon, R. G. "The uncertainty of finite plate rotation relative to the hotpots: Revised estimate of Cenozoic motion between the Tristan hotspot and Pacific hotspots." Geology (2003) Submitted

     
     

    B. J. Horner-Johnson, Gordon, R. G. "Equatorial Pacific magnetic anomalies identified from vector aeromagnetic data." Geophysical Journal International, 155 (2003) : 547-556.

     
     

    Gripp, A. E. and Gordon, R. G. "Young tracks of hotspots and current plate velocities." Geophysical Journal International, 150 (2002) : 321-361.

     
     

    Lemaux II, J., Gordon, R. G., and J.-Y. Royer "The location of the Nubia-Somalia boundary along the Southwest Indian Ridge." Geology, 30 (2002) : 339-342.

     
     

    Argus, D. F., and R. G. Gordon "Present tectonic motion across the Coast Ranges and San Andreas fault system in central California." Bulletin of the Geological Society of America, 113 (2001) : 1580-1592.

     
     

    DeMets, C., R. G. Gordon, and J.-Y. Royer "New high-resolution estimates of the relative motion between the Indian, Capricorn, and Somalian plates since 20 Ma: Evidence for changes coinciding with the onset of seafloor deformation in the Central Indian basin." Geophysical Journal International (in revisio)

     
     

    Zatman, S., R. G. Gordon, and M. A. Richards "Analytic models for the dynamics of diffuse oceanic plate boundaries." Geophysical Journal International, 145 (2001) : 145-156.

     
     

    Gordon, R. G. "Diffuse oceanic plate boundaries: Strain rates, vertically averaged rheology, and comparisons with narrow plate boundaries and stable plate interiors." in Richards, M. A., R. G. Gordon, and R. D. Van der Hilst (editors), History and Dynamics of Global Plate Motions, Geophysical Monograph 121, American Geophysical Union, Washington, DC (2000) : 143-159.

     
     

    Richards, M. A., R. G. Gordon, and R. D. Van der Hilst "Plate tectonics and mantle convection: thirty years later." in Richards, M. A., R. G. Gordon, and R. D. Van der Hilst (editors), History and Dynamics of Global Plate Motions, Geophysical Monograph 121, American Geophysical Union, Washington, DC (2000) : 1-4.

     
     

    Chu, D., and R. G. Gordon "Evidence for motion between Nubia and Somalia along the Southwest Indian Ridge." Nature, 398 (1999) : 64-67.

     
     

    Kirkwood, B. H., J.-Y. Royer, T. C. Chang, and R. G. Gordon "Statistical tools for estimating and combining finite rotations and their uncertainties." Geophysical Journal International, 137 (1999) : 408-428.

     
     

    Petronotis, K. E., and R. G. Gordon "A Maastrichtian palaeomagnetic pole for the Pacific plate from a skewness analysis of marine magnetic anomaly 32." Geophysical Journal International, 139 (1999) : 227-247.

     
     

    Chu, D., and Gordon, R.G. "Current plate motions across the Red Sea." Geophysical Journal International, 135 (1998) : 313-328.

     
     

    Gordon, R. G. "The plate tectonic approximation: Plate nonrigidity, diffuse plate boundaries, and global plate reconstructions." Annual Reviews of Earth and Planetary Sciences, 26 (1998) : 615-642.

     
     

    R. G. Gordon, C. DeMets, & J.-Y. Royer "Evidence for long-term diffuse deformation of the lithosphere of the equatorial Indian Ocean." Nature, 395 (1998) : 370-374.

     
     Articles
     

    Gordon, R. G. "Lithospheric Deformation in the equatorial Indian Ocean: Timing and Tibet." Geology, 37 (2009) : 287-288.

     
     

    Gordon, R. G. "A tale of a trail." Nature Geoscience, 1 (2008) : 574-575.

     
     Horner-Johnson, B. C., R. G. Gordon, and D. F. Argus, Plate kinematic evidence for the existence of a distinct plate between the Nubian and Somalian plates along the Southwest Indian Ridge, J. Geophys. Res., VOL. 112, B05418, doi:10.1029/2006JB004519, 2007
     
     

    David L. Andrews, Richard G. Gordon and Benjamin C. Horner-Johnson "Uncertainties in plate reconstructions relative to the hotspots; Pacific-hotspot rotations and uncertainties for the past 68 million years." Geophysical Journal International, 166 (2006) : 939-951.

     
     Jean-Yves Royer, Richard G. Gordon, and Benjamin C. Horner-Johnson, Motion of Nubia relative to Antarctica since 11 Ma: Implications for Nubia-Somalia, PacificNorth America, and India-Eurasia motion, Geology; June 2006; v. 34; no. 6; p. 501504.
     
     

    Jellinek, MA, Gordon RG, Zatman, S "Experimental tests of simple models for the dynamics of diffuse oceanic plate boundaries." Geophysical Journal International, 164 (2006) : 624¿632.

     
     

    DeMets C, Gordon R.G., Royer J.Y. "Motion between the Indian, Capricorn and Somalian plates since 20 Ma: implications for the timing and magnitude of distributed lithospheric deformation in the equatorial Indian ocean ." Geophysical Journal International, 161 (2005) : 445-468.

     
     

    Horner-Johnson B.C., Gordon R.G., Cowles S.M., Argus D.F. "The angular velocity of Nubia relative to Somalia and the location of the Nubia-Somalia-Antarctica triple junction." Geophysical Journal International, 162 (2005) : 221-238.

     
     

    Zatman S., Gordon R.G., Mutnuri K. "Dynamics of diffuse oceanic plate boundaries: insensitivity to rheology." Geophysical Journal International, 162 (2005) : 239-248.

     
     

    Gordon, R. G. "The Antarctic connection." Nature, 404 (2000) : 139-140.

     
     Books
     

    Richards, M. A., R. G. Gordon, and R. D. Van der Hilst "History and Dynamics of Global Plate Motions."  (2000) : 398 pp..

     
     Other
     

    Stephen Zatman, Richard G. Gordon, & Kartik Mutnuri "Dynamics of Diffuse Oceanic Plate Boundaries: Insensitivity to Rheology." Geophysical Journal InternationalIn Press

     
    Presentations
     Conference Paper
     

    "Absolute Plate Velocities from Seismic Anisotropy: Importance of Correlated Errors and the Motion of Trenches Relative to the Deep Mantle ." (September 1-4, 2014)

     
     Invited Papers
     

    "New tests of the fixed hotspot approximation." Arizona Geological Society Symposium: Ores and Orogenesis: Circum-Pacific Tectonics, Geologic Evolution, and Ore Deposits, Tucson, AZ. (Sept. 27, 2007)

     
     Invited Talks
     

    Gordon, R.G., (2011), Global Plate Reconstructions, Pacific Plate Apparent Polar Wander, and the Origom of the Bend in the Hawaiian-Emeror Chain (Invited), Abstract T33I-01 presented at 2011 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 5-9 Dec.

     
     

    Co-author.  "GEODVEL, MORVEL, and the velocity of Earth’s center." American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California. (December 14, 2010) With Donald F. Argus, Richard G. Gordon, & Chuck DeMets

     
     

    Presenter.  "True Polar Wander and Hotspot Fixity: A Paleomagnetic Investigation of the Skewness of Magnetic Anomaly 12r (32 Ma B.P.) on the Pacific Plate." American Geophysical Union Meeting of the Americas, Iguassu Falls, Brazil. (August 10, 2010) With Richard G Gordon & Benjamin C. Horner-Johnson

     
     

    "Changes in Plate Motion During Quaternary Time." (Dec. 2009)

     
     

    "Comparison of plate motion determined from space geodesy with that determined from magnetic anomalies and transform azimuths." (December 2009)

     
     

    "Diffuse Oceanic Plate Boundaries, Plate Non-Rigidity, True Polar Wander, and Motion Between Hotspots: Results From Investigations of Marine Magnetic Anomalies." American Geophysical Union Joint Assembly, Toronto. (May 25 2009)

     
     

    co-author.  "MORVEL: A new estimate for geologically recent plate motions ." American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco. (December 17, 2008) With Chuck DeMets & Donald F Argus

     
     

    co-author.  "The Translation and Rotation With Which to Define the North American plate ." American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA. (December 11, 2007) With Donald Argus, W. R. Peltier

     
     

    1st author and speaker.  "Global Strike-Slip Faults:Bounds from Plate Tectonics." American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco. (Dec. 11-15, 2006) With Donald F. Argus

     
     

    invitee and speaker.  "New tests of the fixed hotspot approximation." Houston Gem and Mineral Society, Houston. (April 25, 2006)

     
     

    Presenter and first author.  "Diffuse Oceanic Plate Boundaries, Thin Viscous Sheets of Oceanic Lithosphere, and Late Miocene Changes in Plate Motion and Tectonic Regime." American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco. (2005) With Jean-Yves Royer

     
     

    Presenter and first author.  "Improvements to Estimates of Geologically Instantaneous Global Plate Motions." Dynamic Planet/International Association of Geodesy bi-ennial meeting, Cairns, Australia. (August 2005) With Donald Argus

     
     

    Speaker.  "Plate Motions from Space Geodesy." The Annual Spring Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, Montreal, Canada. (May 17-21, 2004) With Donald F. Argus, Richard G. Gordon, Benjamin Horner-Johnson, Jean-Yves Royer, Mike Heflin, Chopo Ma, Richard Eanes

     
     

    "Kinematics, dynamics, and rheology of diffuse oceanic plate boundaries." Gordon Research Conference: Interior of the Earth, Mt. Holyoke College, Massachusetts. (12 June 2003)

     
     

    "Plate Tectonics." Crafoord Symposium/Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, University of Lund and Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (Stockholm). (9/16/02 in Lund; repeated 9/17/02 in Stockholm)

     
     Keynote Speaker
     

    Presenter.  "Diffuse oceanic plate boundaries and Thin viscous sheet models for deformation of Indo-Australian oceanic lithosphere." GLADE (Geodynamics of the Lithosphere and Deep Earth) Workshop: From grains to global tectonics, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, La Jolla, California. (July 26, 2010) With Richard G Gordon and Greg Houseman

     
     

    speaker.  "Africa-Europe plate motions and deformation from both marine geophysical and space geodetic data." Topo Europe Workshop, El Escorial, Spain. (October 6, 2008)

     
     Lectures
     

    Presenter.  "

    True Polar Wander and Hotspot Fixity: A Paleomagnetic Investigation of the Skewness of Magnetic Anomaly 12r (32 Ma B.P.) on the Pacific Plate

    ." American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California. (December 14, 2010) With Richard G Gordon & Benjamin C. Horner-Johnson

     
     

    Co-author, supervisor of graduate student presenter.  "Current Plate Motion Relative to the Hotspots and to the Mantle." American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California. (December 14, 2010) With Lin Zheng, Richard G. Gordon, Donald F. Argus, Charles DeMets & Corné Kreemer

     
     

    Presenter.  "Current plate motions relative to the hotspots consistent with the MORVEL global set of plate relative angular velocities." European Geosciences Union Annual Meeting, Vienna, Austria. (May 7, 2010) With Lin Zheng, Richard G. Gordon, Donald F. Argus, Corné Kreemer, & Chuck DeMets

     
     

    Presenter.  "Thin viscous sheet models for deformation of Indo-Australian oceanic lithosphere." Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado. (October 31, 2010) With Richard G Gordon & Greg Houseman

     
     

    "Diffuse Oceanic Plate Boundaries, Plate Non-Rigidity, True Polar Wander, and Motion Between Hotspots: Results From Investigations of Marine Magnetic Anomalies." University of Leeds, Leeds (UK). (Nov. 20, 2009)

     
     

    "Thin viscous sheet models for deformation of Indo-Australian oceanic lithosphere." European Geoscience Union General Assembly, Vienna. (Dec. 2009) With Greg Houseman

     
     

    speaker & co-author.  "Evidence for True Polar Wander since mid-Cenozoic time: A Paleomagnetic Investigation of the Skewness of Magnetic Anomaly 12r (32 Ma) Between the Galapagos and Clarion Fracture Zones on the Pacific Plate ." European Geoscience Union Annual Meeting, Vienna. (April 15, 2008) With Benjamin Horner-Johnson

     
     

    co-author.  "GEODVEL: Plate Angular Velocities from four space techniques." Geological Society of America annual meeting, Houston. (October 4, 2008) With Donald F. Argus

     
     

    speaker & 1st author.  "Thin Viscous Sheet Models for Deformation of Indo-Australian Oceanic Lithosphere ." American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco. (December 19, 2008) With Greg Houseman

     
     

    speaker.  "Horizontal thermal contractional strain in oceanic lithosphere: The ultimate limit to the rigid plate hypothesis." Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Denver, CO. (October 31, 2007) With Ravi Kumar

     
     

    co-author.  "GEODVEL: Plate Motions From Space Geodesy ." American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco. (Dec. 11-15, 2006) With D F Argus, Ma, C, Eanes, R J, Heflin, M B, Willis, S, and Willis, P.

     
     

    speaker.  "Horizontal thermal contractional strain of oceanic lithosphere: the ultimate limit to the rigid plate hypothesis." American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco. (Dec. 11-15, 2006) With Ravi R. Kumar, Chad M. Landis

     
     

    co-author.  "Moving beyond NUVEL-1A: The MORVEL estimates of geologically recent global plate motions ." American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco. (Dec. 11-15, 2006) With C DeMets, D F Argus

     
     

    1st author and speaker.  "Non-closure of the geologically instantaneous global plate motion circuit: Implications for plate non-rigidity." European Geophysical Union, Vienna. (April 2-7 2006) With Ravi R. Kumar, Jean-Yves Royer, Donald F. Argus

     
     

    Co-author.  "Does a Fault in the Plate Circuit Ruin Intra-ocean Comparison of Hotspot Tracks." Great Plume Debate, Scotland. (August 2005) With Will Sager

     
     

    Co-author and advisor.  "Horizontal thermal contraction of oceanic lithosphere and implications for the rigid plate approximation." American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco. (December 2005) With Ravi Kumar

     
     

    Speaker, senior author.  "Latitudinal shift of the Hawiian hotspot: Motion relative to other hotspots or true polar wander." European Geophysical Union Meeting, Vieena. (April 2005) With Benjamin C. Horner-Johnson and Ravi R. Kumar

     
     

    Presenter and 1st author.  "New tests of the fixed hotspot approximation." European Geophysical Union Meeting, Vienna. (May 2005) With David L. Andrews, & Benjamin C. Horner-Johnson

     
     

    Convenor, Presenter, and First Author.  "New tests of the fixed hotspot approximation." American Geophysical Union Spring Meeting, New Orleans. (May 2005) With David L. Andrews, Benjamin Horner-Johnson, Ravi R. Kumar

     
     

    Presenter and First Author.  "Non-closure of the geologically instantaneous global plate motion circuit: Implications for plate non-rigidity." American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco. (December 2005) With Jean-Yves Royer, Donald Argus, Ravi Kumar

     
     

    Presenter and Convenor.  "Pacific plate apparent polar wander and latitudinal shift of the Hawaiian hotspot: A brief review and future prospects." American Geophysical Union Spring Meeting, New Orleans. (May 2005)

     
     

    Presenter, Convenor.  "Paleomagnetic poles from the skewness of marine magnetic anomalies." American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco. (December 2005) With Benjamin Horner-Johnson

     
     

    Co-Author.  "Total motion across the East African Rift viewed from the Southwest Indian Ridge ." American Geophysical Union Spring Meeting, New Orleans. (May 2005) With Jean-Yves Royer

     
     

    Speaker.  "Apparent Polar Wander of the Pacific Plate and Pacific Hotspots: Implications for True Polar Wander and Hotspot Fixity." Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Denver, Colorado. (Nov. 5, 2004) With Richard G. Gordon, David Andrews, Benjamin Horner-Johnson, Gary Acton, Katerina Petronotis

     
     

    Speaker.  "Apparent Polar Wander of the Pacific Plate and Pacific Hotspots: Implications for True Polar Wander and Hotspot Fixity." The Annual Spring Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, Montreal, Canada. (May 17-21, 2004) With Richard G. Gordon, David Andrews, Benjamin Horner-Johnson, Gary Acton, Katerina Petronotis

     
     

    Speaker.  "Comparisons between geodetically and geologically estimated plate velocities." College de France, (Jan. 6 2004)

     
     

    Speaker.  "Dynamics of the Diffuse Oceanic Plate Boundaries in the Indo-Australian Composite Plate: (How) are They Related to the India-Eurasia Collision?." Stephen Zatman Memorial Lecture, Washington University, St. Louis. (October 7, 2004)

     
     

    Speaker.  "Global Tectonic Potpourri: (1) Hotspot fixity, (2) True polar wander (the view from the Pacific), (3) Plate non-rigidity (and diffuse oceanic plate boundaries)." Institut du Physique du Globe, (University of Paris 7). (Jan. 9, 2004)

     
     

    Speaker.  "Hotspot reference frame for present plate motion." The Annual Spring Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, Montreal, Canada. (May 17-21, 2004) With Ravi R. Kumar, David L. Andrews, & Richard G. Gordon

     
     

    Speaker.  "Late Miocene Changes in Angular Velocity and Torques on the Indian, Capricorn, and Australian Component Plates, and Speculative Implications for Global Plate Motion Reorganizations." The Annual Spring Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, Montreal, Canada. (May 17-21, 2004) With Richard Gordon, Stephen Zatman, & Kartik Munuri

     
     

    Speaker.  "New Tests of Plate Reconstructions that Assume Fixed Hotspots." presented at the Conference Celebrating the 75th Birthday of Kevin Burke, University of Houston. (Nov. 12-14, 2004)

     
     

    Speaker.  "The torque across the India-Capricorn Diffuse Plate Boundary: The Tibetan Connection." presented at the Conference Celebrating the 75th Birthday of Kevin Burke, University of Houston. (Nov. 12-14, 2004)

     
     

    Speaker.  "Un Pot-pourri de Tectonique du Globe: (1) Les Points Chauds: Fixes ou mobiles, (2) D'e river 'eelle des ples g'eographiques (vue du Pacifique), (3) Non-rigidit'e des Plaques (et fronti'eres diffuses oc'eaniques)"." Institut Universitaire Europe, en de la Mer, Plouzan, (France). (April 29, 2004)

     
     

    Thesis Advisor.  "Diffuse oceanic plate boundaries: Mapping the relationship between angular velocity and torques as a function of assumed rheology." AGU (American Geophysical Union) Fall 2003 Meeting, San Francisco, CA. (12 December 2003) With Kartik Mutnuri

     
     

    Thesis Advisor.  "Revised estimate of the Cenozoic motion between the Tristan da Cunha hotspot and Pacific hotspots." AGU (American Geophysical Union) Fall 2003 Meeting, San Francisco, CA. (9 December 2003) With David Andrews

     
     

    Speaker.  "The Angular Velocity of Nubia Relative to Somalia and the Location of the Nubia-Somalia-Antarctica Triple Junction." AGU (American Geophysical Union) Fall 2003 Meeting, San Francisco, CA. (12 December 2003) With Benjamin C. Horner-Johnson, Sara M. Cowles, and Donald F. Argus

     
     Other
     

    "American Geophysical Union meeting." (December 2014)

     
     

    "European Geosciences Union meeting." (April 27, 2014)

     
     

    "Day Medal citation for Mary Lou Zoback." Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Denver, CO. (October 27, 2007)

     
     

    "Constraints on the Character of Plate Tectonics From the Study of Diffuse Plate Boundaries." American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA. (12/11/2001) With S Zatman

     
     

    "Current Plate Motion Across the Southwest Indian Ridge: Implications for the Diffuse Oceanic Plate Boundary Between Nubia and Somalia ." American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA. (12/10/2001) With B C Horner-Johnson, S M Cowles, D F Argus

     
     

    "Dynamics and rheology of diffuse oceanic plate boundaries." University of California at Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA. (11/9/2001)

     
     

    "Location of the Nubia-Somalia boundary along the Southwest Indian Ridge." Thompson Symposium, Stanford University. (12/08/2001) With James Lemaux II, Jean-Yves Royer

     
     

    "Plate Motions from Space Geodesy." American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting , San Francisco. (12/12/2001) With D. F. Argus, M. Heflin

     
     

    "Present Tectonic Motion across the Coast Ranges and San Andreas Fault System in Central California (with Implications for a Late Miocene Change in the Motion of the Sierran Microplate relative to North America." Thompson Symposium, Stanford University. (11/08/2001) With Donald Argus

     
     

    "Present tectonic motion across the Coast Ranges and San Andreas fault system in central California." U. S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, CA. (11/8/2001)

     
     

    "Rheology and dynamics of diffuse oceanic plate boundaries." U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, CA. (11/8/2001)

     
     

    "Some Recent Results for Geologically Instantaneous Plate Motions." American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA. (12/12/2001)

     
     

    "Diffuse oceanic plate boundaries and the plate tectonic approximation: Strain rates and vertically averaged rheology." Stanford University, Palo Alto, California. (April 20, 2000)

     
     

    "Diffuse oceanic plate boundaries: New results." University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California. (March 21, 2000)

     
     

    "Dynamics and rheology of diffuse oceanic plate boundaries." American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California. (December 19, 2000) With Stephen Zatman, Mark Jellinek

     
     

    "Location of the Nubia-Somalia-Antarctica triple junction and motion between Nubia and Somalia since 20 Ma." American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California. (December 16, 2000) With James Lemaux II, Jean-Yves Royer

     
     

    "Present tectonic motion across the Coast Ranges and San Andreas Fault System in Central California." University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California. (February 3, 2000)

     
     

    "Motion between Nubia and Somalia since chron 5 (11 Ma) from an analysis of magnetic anomaly and fracture zone crossings along the Southwest Indian Ridge." American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA. (December 17, 1999) With James Lemaux, Jean-Yves Royer

     
     

    "Present Tectonic Motion across the Coast Ranges and San Andreas Fault System in Central California." University of California, Santa Barbara. (January 14, 1999)

     
     

    "Present Tectonic Motion Across the Coast Ranges and San Andreas Fault System in Central California." Rice Univesity. (December 1, 1999)

     
     

    "Present Tectonic Motion across the Coast Ranges and San Andreas Fault System in Central California." Jet Propulsion Lab, Cal Tech, Pasadena, CA. (January 11, 1999)

     
     

    "Revised estimate of the angular velocity of India relative to Eurasia." American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA. (December 17, 1999) With Donald Argus, Michael Heflin

     
     

    "The Plate Tectonic Approximation: Plate Nonrigidity and Diffuse Plate Boundaries." University of California, Santa Barbara. (January 13, 1999)

     
     

    "The Plate Tectonic Approximation: Plate Nonrigidity and Diffuse Plate Boundaries." SEMINAIRES "DOMAINES OCEANIQUES", Institut Universitaire Europeen de la Mer, Universite Bretagne Occidentale (Brest). (July 9, 1999)

     
     

    "The Plate Tectonic Approximation: Plate Nonrigidity and Diffuse Plate Boundaries." University of Colorado, Boulder. (March 31, 1999)

     
     

    "The Plate Tectonic Approximation: Plate Nonrigidity and Diffuse Plate Boundaries." Princeton University. (October 18, 1999)

     
     

    ""Changes in motion between the Indian, Capricorn, and Somalian plates since 20 Ma and their relation to the tectonics of the Central Indian Basin and Tibetan Plateau"." Fall AGU, San Francisco. (December 10, 1998) With C. DeMets, J.-Y. Royer

     
     

    "(i) The plate tectonic approximation: Plate nonrigidity and diffuse plate boundaries, (ii) Accommodation of Pacific-North America motion across the western United States.." Two Seminars at the Southern Methodist University Department of Geology & Geophysics, Dallas.

     
     

    "Apparent polar wander of the hotspots: the view from the Pacifici." European Geoophysical Society Meeting, Nice, France. (April 20, 1998)

     
     

    "Cross Ridge Comparisons of Magnetic Anomaly Skewness in the Pacific." Spring AGU Meeting, Boston. (May 26, 1998) With Benjamin Horner-Johnson

     
     

    "Equatorial Pacific Magnetic Anomalies Identified from Vector Aeromagnetic Data." Spring AGU, Boston. (May 26, 1998) With Benjamin Horner-Johnson

     
     

    "Hotspot fixity and apparent polar wander." Fall AGU Meeting, San Francisco. (December 8, 1998)

     
     

    "Pacific-North America motion estimated from GPS, VLBI, SLR, and marine geophysical data, and bounds on plate nonrigidity." Fall AGU, San Francisco. (December 10, 1998) With D. Chu, D. Argus

     
     

    "Present tectonic motion across the Coast Ranges and San Andreas Fault Systems in Central California." Fall AGU Meeting, San Francisco. (Dcember 8, 1998) With Donald F. Argus

     
     

    "The plate tectonic approximation: Plate nonrigidity and diffuse plate motions." Seminar at the University of Arizona Geosciences Department, Tucson, Arizone. (February 6, 1998)

     
     

    "The plate tectonic approximation: Plate nonrigidity and diffuse plate motions." Seminar at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of the California Institute of Technology, Cal Tech. (February 24, 1998)

     
     

    "The plate tectonic approximation: Plate nonrigidity and diffuse plate motions." AGU Annual Meeting, Boston. (May 26, 1998)

     
     

    "The plate tectonic approximation: Plate nonrigidity and diffuse plate motions." Department of Geology and Geophysics Seminar Series, Houston, Texas. (January 21, 1998)

     
     Posters
     

    "Non-Orthogonality of Seafloor Spreading: A New Look at Fast Spreading Centers." American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA. (December 2014) With Tuo Zhang and Richard G. Gordon

     
     

    Stadnik, S., and R.G. Gordon (2013) An Alternative Estimate of the Motion of the Capricorn Plate, Abstract T51F-2535 presented at 2013 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, CA, 9-13 Dec.

     
     

    Zheng, L., R.G. Gordon, and C. Kreemer (2013), Correlated Errors in Seismic Anistropy Data and Implications for Current Absolute Plate Motion, Abstract T51E-2515 presented at tje 2-13 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, CA, 9-13 Dec.

     
     

    Mathews, D.C., L. Zheng, and R.G. Gordon (2013), Do Trenches Advance? Abstract T43D-2682 presented at 2013 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 9-13 Dec.

     
     

    Gordon, R.G., and J.K. Mishra (2013), Horizontal Therman Contraction of Ocean Lithosphere and the Azimuths of Transform Faults, Abstract S51C-2380 presented at 2013 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, CA, 9-13 Dec.

     
     

    Throckmorton, C.R., T. Zhang, and R. G. Gordon (2013) Non-Orthogonality of Seafloor Spreading: A New Global Survey Building on the MORVEL Plate Motion Project, Abstract T51E-2521 presented at 2013 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, CA, 9-13 Dec.

     
     

    Gordon, R.G., J.K. Mishra, (2012), Horizontal Contraction of Oceanic Lithosphere Tested Using Azimuths of Transform Faults, Abstract T33G-2754 presented at 2012 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 3-7 Dec.

     
     

    Boswell, S.M., L. Zheng, R.G. Gordon, and J. Dyment, (2011), Numerican investigations of the spreading-rate dependence of anomalous skewness of marine magnetic anomalies due to seafloor spreading, Abstract T23D-2441 presented at 2011 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 5-9 Dec.

     
     

    Zheng, L., R.G. Gordon, and B.C. Horner-Johnson (2011), Pacific plate apparent polar wander between 67 Ma and 44 Ma determined from the analysis of the skewness of both vector and scalar magnetic anomalies due to seafloor spreading, Abstract T23D-2440 presented at 2011 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 5-9 Dec.

     
     

    Gordon, R.G., and G.A Houseman, (2011), Thin Viscous Sheet Models for Distributed Deformation of Oceanic Lithosphere Accommodating Motion Between the India, Capricorn, and Australia Plates, Abstract T34D-06 presented at 2011 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 5-9 Dec.

     
     

    Mishra, J.K., and R.G. Gordon, (2011), Vertically Integrated Rheology of Deforming Oceanic Lithosphere, Abstract T23D-2447 presented at 2011 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 5-9 Dec.

     
     

    Co-author, supervisor of undergraduate presenter.  "

    Toward Quantifying the Spreading-Rate Dependence of Anomalous Skewness of Marine Magnetic Anomalies due to Seafloor Spreading

    ." American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California. (December 15, 2010) With Steven Boswell, Lin Zheng, Richard G Gordon, & Jerome Dyment

     
     

    Co-author.  "NNR-MORVEL56: No-net-rotation model of geologically current plate motions." International Association of Geodesy Meeting on Reference Frames, Paris, France. (October 4, 2010) With Donald F. Argus,Richard G. Gordon,Charles DeMets,& Lin Zheng

     
     

    Co-author.  " NNR-MORVEL56: No-net-rotation model of geologically current plate motions." American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California. (December 16, 2010) With Donald F. Argus, Richard G. Gordon, Chuck DeMets, & Lin Zheng

     
     

    Co-author.  "Current Plate Motion Relative to the Hotspots and Mantle." International Association of Geodesy Meeting on Reference Frames, Paris, France. (October 4, 2010) With Lin Zheng, Richard G. Gordon, Donald Argus, Charles DeMets

     
     

    Co-author.  "The Effect of Horizontal Thermal Contraction on Oceanic Intraplate Deformation: Examples for the Pacific." European Geosciences Union Annual Meeting, Vienna, Austria. (May 7, 2010) With Corné Kreemer, Richard G. Gordon, Jay Kumar Mishra

     
     

    co-author and advisor.  "Current plate motion relative to hotspots consistent with the MORVEL global set of plate relative velocities." American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco. (Dec. 2009) With Zheng, L., R. G. Gordon, C. DeMets, & D. F. Argus

     
     

    "Do Transform Faults Parallel Plate Motion?." (Dec. 2009)

     
     

    "The Displacement Rate Across the Pacific Plate due to Horizontal Thermal Contraction." (Dec. 2009)

     
     

    co-author & presenter.  "Do transform faults parallel plate motion?." American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco. (December 18, 2008) With Jay K Mishra

     
     

    supervisor & co-author.  "Stresses and Strength of the Lithosphere: Implications of the Distribution of Lithospheric Deformation in the Equatorial Indian Ocean ." American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco. (December 19, 2008) With Jaydip Ghosh, Kartik Mutnuri

     
     

    co-author & supervisor.  "Updated test of fixity of the Iceland hotspot relative to Pacific hotspots ." American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco. (December 18, 2008) With E. Koivisto & D. L. Andrews

     
     

    presenter.  "Evidence for True Polar Wander since mid-Cenozoic time: A Paleomagnetic Investigation of the Skewness of Magnetic Anomaly 12r (32 Ma) Between the Galapagos and Clarion Fracture Zones on the Pacific Plate." American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA. (December 10, 2007) With Benjamin Horner-Johnson

     
     

    supervisor and co-author.  "Updated Pacific Plate Paleomagnetic Pole for Chron 32 (72 Ma), Uncertainties in Pacific-Hotspot Rotations, and Updated Pacific-Hotspot Plate Reconstructions." American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA. (December 10, 2007) With Emilia Koivisto

     
     

    Supervisor and co-author.  "Spreading-rate-dependent anomalous skewness and the estimate of the chron 32 palaeomagnetic pole for the Pacific plate ." American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco. (Dec. 11-15, 2006) With Emilia Koivisto, Jerome Dyment, Jafar Arkani-Hamed

     
     

    Presenter.  "Cretaceous Apparent Polar Wander of North America: Leisurely Stroll, but not Standing Still." American Geophysical Union Spring Meeting, New Orleans. (May 2005) With Gary Acton

     
     

    Presenter.  "Fifty Million Years of Fixed Hotspots: A New Self-Consistent Global Set of Plate Rotations." The Annual Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA. (Dec. 13-17, 2004) With Ravi R. Kumar, David L. Andrews, Richard G. Gordon

     
     

    Presenter.  "Latitudinal Shift of the Hawaiian Hotspot: Motion Relative to other Hotspots or True Polar Wander?." The Annual Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA. (Dec. 13-17, 2004) With Richard G. Gordon & Ben Horner-Johnson

     
     

    "Paleomagnetic Tests of Global Plate Circuits with Fixed and Moving Hotspots." The Annual Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA. (Dec. 13-17, 2004) With David L. Andrews, Richard G. Gordon, & Ben Horner-Johnson

     
     Seminar Speaker
     

    "Thin viscous sheet models for deformation of Indo-Australian oceanic lithosphere ." Peking University, Beijing, China. (06/20/2013)

     
     

    "Thin viscous sheet models for deformation of Indo-Australian oceanic lithosphere ." School of Geodesy and Geomatics, Wuhan University , Wuhan City, China. (06/24/2013)

     
     

    "Current global plate motions: Shrinking plates and transform faults." University of Leeds, Institute of Tectonics, Leeds, UK. (10/15/2013)

     
     

    "Global plate motions, shrinking plates, and the azimuths of transform faults." Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (GUCAS), Beijing, China. (06/20/2013)

     
     

    "Global plate motions, shrinking plates, and the azimuths of transform faults." College of Geophysics and Information Engineering, Chinese University, Beijing, China. (06/26/2013)

     
     

    "Global plate motions, shrinking plates, and the azimuths of transform faults." Institute of Geology and Geophysics of Chinese Academy of Sciences (IGGCAS), Wuhan City, China. (06/25/2013)

     
     

    "Global plate motions, shrinking plates, and the azimuths of transform faults." MIT EAPS seminar, Cambridge, Massachusetts. (03/13/2013)

     
     

    "Global plate motions, shrinking plates, and the azimuths of transform faults." University of Houston, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Science, Houston, TX. (02/15/2013)

     
     

    "Global plate motions, shrinking plates, and the azimuths of transform faults." Institute of Geology and Geophysics of Chinese Academy of Sciences (IGGCAS), Beijing, China. (06/19/2013)

     
     

    "Global plate motions, shrinking plates, and the azimuths of transform faults." School of Geodesy and Geomatics, Wuhan University, Wuhan City, China. (06/24/2013)

     
     

    "Global plate motions, shrinking plates, and the azimuths of transform faults." University of Houston, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Science, Houston, TX. (02/15/2013)

     
     

    "New tests of the fixed hotspot approximation." University of Leeds, Leeds, England. (February 19, 2008)

     
     

    "New tests of the fixed hotspot approximation." University of Florida, Gainesville. (Feb. 22, 2007)

     
     

    "The torque across the India-Capricorn Diffuse Plate Boundary: The Tibetan Connection." University of Leeds, Leeds, England. (July 2005)

     
     Session Chair
     

    "convenor (or co-convenor) and session chair for 5 sessions." American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA. (December 2011)

     
    Editorial Positions
     Associate Editor, Lithosphere. Geological Society of America. (2011 - 2013)

     Associate Editor, Lithosphere. Geological Society of America. (2010 - 2010)

     Associate Editor, Terra Nova. Wiley-Blackwell. (2010 - 2010)

     Associate Editor, Terra Nova. Wiley. (2011 - 2014)

     Associate Editor, Terra Nova. Blackwell (for European Geoscience Union). (2007 - 2007)

     Associate Editor, Terra Nova. Blackwell. (2006 - 2006)

    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     David Andrews, M.A. Revised Estimates of Motion Between Hotspots. (2003) (Thesis Director)

     David L. Andrews, M.S. Revised Estimates and Uncertainties of Motion between Hotspots: Implications for the Global Plate Circuit. (2004) (Thesis Director)

     Catherine Cooper, Ph.D. The Thermal and Mechanical Structure of Stable Continental Lithosphere within a Dynamic Mantle. (2005) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Kartik Mutnuri, M.S. Diffuse Oceanic Plate Boundaries: Kinematic Observations and Dynamic Constraints. (2005) (Thesis Director)

     Ravi Ranjan Kumar, Master of Science Horizontal Thermal Contractional Strain of Oceanic Lithosphere: The Ultimate Limit to the Rigid Plate Hypothesis. (2006) (Thesis Director)

     Kartick Mutnuri, Master of Science Diffuse Oceanic Plate Boundaries; Kinematic Observations and Dynamic Constraints. (2006) (Thesis Director)

     Ravi R. Kumar, MS Horizontal Thermal Contracctional Strain of Oceanic Lithosphere: The Ultimate Limit to the Rigid Plate Hypothesis. (2007) (Thesis Director)

     Emilia Koivisto, Ph.D. Uncertainities in the Motion of the Pacific Plate Relative to the Hotspots over the Past 100 Million Years. (2008) (Thesis Director)

     Jay Mishra, Ph.D. Finite Element Models for Horizontal Thermal Contraction of Oceanic Lithosphere. (2008) (Thesis Director)

     Jaydip Ghosh, Ph.D. Strength Paradox of Oceanic Lithosphere. (2008) (Thesis Director)

     Emilia Koivisto, Ph.D. Uncertainties in the Motion of the Pacific Plate relative to the hotspots over the past 100 Million Years. (2009) (Thesis Director)

     Jaydip Ghosh, Ph.D. Strength Paradox of Oceanic Lithosphere. (2009) (Thesis Director)

     Jay Mishra, Ph.D. Finite Element Models for Horizontal Thermal Contraction of Oceanic Lithosphere. (2010) (Thesis Director)

     Jay Kumar Mishra, Ph.D. Are Transform Faults Parallel to Plate Motion?. (2012) (Thesis Director)

     David Mathews, M.S. 2ND YEAR. (2013) (Thesis Director)

     Lin Zheng, Ph.D. Evaluation of hotspot reference frame: current absolute plate motion from seismic anisotropy and hotspot tracks; and Pacific apparent polar wander from the skewness of magnetic anomaly.. (2013) (Thesis Director)

     Huafeng Liu, Ph.D. Receiver-function Imaging of Crustal Seismic Anisotropy & the base of Lithosphere beneath China. (2013) (Thesis Committee Member)

     David Mathews, M.S. 1ST YEAR. (2013) (Thesis Director)

     David Mathews, M.S. Do Trenches Advance? An Updated Analysis Incorporating Absolute Plate Velocities from Shear Wave Splitting, MORVEL Relative Plate Velocities, and Combined Uncertainties. (2014) (Thesis Director)

     Alexandra Kirshner, Ph.D. The Glacial Retreat History of Pine Island Bay since the Last Glacial Maximum. (2015) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Svetlana Burris, PhD Plate tectonics, lithosphere deformation, and paleo-magnetics: studies in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.. (2017) (Thesis Director)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     2 papers selected in the Top 40 papers in the first 40 years of GRL, Editors of GRL (2014)

     Highly Cited Researcher, ISI/Thomson Scientific (2002)

     Arthur L. Day Medal, Geological Society of America (2002)

     Birch Lecturer, Tectonophysics Section, American Geophysical Union (1998)

     Macelwane Medal, American Geophysical Union (1989)

    Positions Held
     President-Elect - Geomagnetism and Paleomagnetism Section, American Geophysical Union. (2010 - 2012)

     Search Committee Member, Editor in Chief for Reviews of Geophysics. (2014 - 2014)

     President-Elect, Geomagnetism and Paleomagnetism Section, American Geophysical Union. (2010 - 2010)

     President-Elect (followed by President), Geomagnetism and Paleomagnetism Section of the American Geophysical Union. (2009 - 2009)

     Geophysics Program Panelist, NSF. (2009 - 2011)

     Member, Bylaws Task Force, American Geophysical Union. (2013 - 2013)

     Council Member, American Geophysical Union. (2010 - 2014)

     Member, Council Leadership Team (CLT), American Geophysical Union. (2013 - 2014)

     Member, Editor-in-Chief Search Committee, Reviews of Geophysics, American Geophysical Union. (2013 - 2013)

     President, Geomagnetism and Paleomagnetism Section, American Geophysical Union. (2013 - 2014)

     Chair, Geodesy Section Fellows Committee, American Geophysical Union. (2002 - 2002)