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Dickson Cunningham

 

Associate Professor

Eastern Connecticut State University

 

In the Helan Shan, China, 2013

 

Teaching in Anglesey, Wales, 2012

Hi, welcome to my new webpage.  After 18 years working in the UK at the University of Leicester, I decided to come home to the US.   I grew up in the northeast not far from eastern Connecticut, but since college, have lived in Arizona, Texas, Brazil and England.   Returning to New England after so many years away is truly soul satisfying and I am delighted to be at Eastern Connecticut State University which is Connecticut’s only public liberal arts institution and a rising star in Connecticut’s higher education sector.  I am a firm believer in Eastern’s liberal arts mission and feel fortunate to have joined an institution that is forward looking and confident in its future.  We have a great student body, talented faculty and an administration that is strongly supportive of all members of the university community.  The Department of Environmental Earth Science is a relatively small, but dynamic department that has doubled its number of permanent faculty in the last 2 years and now has teaching and research expertise in stratigraphy/sedimentology, geomorphology, structure/tectonics, petrology, Quaternary and coastal geology, energy geoscience, hydrogeology and GIS and remote sensing.  Eastern Connecticut is rural and scenic and underlain by high-grade metamorphic basement which is a veritable playground for structural geologists.  Photos of some of the amazing geology within 20 miles of campus are presented on the linked page ‘Connecticut Geology Photos’.

I teach structural geology/tectonics, mineralogy, igneous and metamorphic petrology, introductory geology courses and a domestic/international field course which in 2014 will take place in Arizona.

I have active research projects in central Asia where I have worked 15 of the last 20 summers.  In recent years, my field research has switched from Mongolia to western China.  I also am involved in an international research project in Idaho and am developing projects with undergraduate researchers in Connecticut.  Please see reference list below for some of my/our recent contributions.

 

EDUCATION

NATO Research Fellow, University of Leicester, England, 1994-1995.  Tectonic history of the Altai Range, Mongolia.  Supervisor: Brian F. Windley.

NSF Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1993-1994.  Structural geology of the eastern Brazilian Shield.  Supervisor: Stephen Marshak. Academic vistor at the Universidade Federale de Ouro Preto, Brazil working with Fernando Alkmim.

Ph.D.     University of Texas at Austin, May, 1993.  Dissertation: Geological investigations at the southern tip of the Americas: The development of the Patagonian Orocline and uplift of the Cordillera Darwin metamorphic complex, southernmost Chile.  Advisors: Ian W.D. Dalziel (Main Supervisor), Paul Mann, Sharon Mosher, James Austin.   Awards: Mobil Graduate Fellowship (1992), Ewing/Worzel Graduate Research Fellowship (1990), Antarctic Service Medal (1990),  Standard Oil Production Fund Fellowship (1987).

M.S.       University of Arizona,  1986.  Thesis: Superposed thrusting in the northwest Granite Wash Mountains, La Paz County, Arizona.  Advisors: Peter J. Coney (Main Supervisor), George Davis, Steve Reynolds.

A.B.       Dartmouth College, 1982, Graduated with Distinction, Advisor: Noye M. Johnson.

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE – ACADEMIC

2102-  Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Earth Science, Eastern Connecticut St. University

2004-2012  Senior Lecturer, Department of Geology, University of Leicester, England

1996-2004  Lecturer, Department of Geology, University of Leicester, England

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE – INDUSTRY

2010   Research collaboration with Petro Matad Ltd, regional tectonics and oil exploration, Mongolia

2004-06   Research collaboration with Ivanhoe Mines Ltd, copper-gold exploration, Mongolia

1983-87   Chief Geologist and Proposal Coordinator for Arizona Superconducting Supercollider Project, Tucson, Arizona.

1982  Exploration Geologist, Engelhard Corp., talc exploration project, N. Vermont.

1981  Exploration Geologist, Superior Mining Co., copper exploration project, N. Maine.

 

TEACHING

2012-  Eastern Connecticut State University: structural geology, dynamic earth, introduction to geology, earth science laboratory, mineralogy and igneous and metamorphic petrology, Arizona field course.

1994-2012: University of Leicester: global tectonics, structural geology, photogeology remote sensing and GIS, mineral deposit evaluation, tutorials, basic field skills and mapping training in Arran, Scotland and Betic Cordillera, Spain.  Advanced structural mapping training in Anglesey, Wales.  Field trip co-leader to Swiss and Austrian Alps,  Tenerife, Canary Islands.

1987-1991: University of Texas at Austin: teaching assistant for courses in field geology, introductory geology, geology for engineers, economic geology.

1981: Dartmouth College: teaching assistant: Earth history and planetary geology.

 

CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS 

Mountain building processes, active tectonics, intracontinental deformation in Central Asia, transpressional fault systems and associated basins, restraining bend development, geology of Mongolia and western China, crustal evolution of the Central Asian Orogenic Belt, tectonic history of eastern Connecticut, New England pegmatites, kinematic analysis of rheomorphic ignimbrites and tectonic evolution of southern Snake River Plain region, Idaho, remote sensing methods applied to tectonics research, geological and environmental applications of airborne LiDAR, neotectonics and earthquake hazards in the Julian Alps, structural setting of mineral deposits, structural and geomorphological evolution of the Brazilian Highlands.

 

MAJOR PUBLICATIONS (list below excludes abstracts and conference proceedings; h-index = 26, total citations ≈ 2150 )

Cunningham, D., 2014, Late Cenozoic crustal reactivation and mountain building in the Gobi Corridor region of the Central Asian Orogenic Belt, in Kroener, A., (ed.) Geology of the Central Asian Orogenic Belt, E. Schweitzerbart Science Publishers,  Stuttgart, Germany, accepted, in press.

Yuan, R.; Deng, Q., Cunningham, D., Xu, C., Xu, X., and Chang, C., 2013; Density Distribution of Landslides Triggered by the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake and their Relationships to Peak Ground Acceleration, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, Vol. 103, No. 4, doi:10.1785/0120110233

Jin, Z., Cunningham, D., 2013, Polyphase Transpressional Development of a NNE-Striking Basement-Cored Anticline in the Xining Basin, northeastern Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, Geological Magazine, doi:10.1017/S0016756812000866

Cunningham, D., 2013, Mountain building processes in intracontinental oblique deformation belts: Lessons from the Gobi Corridor, Central Asia, Journal of Structural Geology, Vol. 46, 255-282.

Rippington, S., Cunningham, D., England, R., Hendricks, B., 2013, The crustal assembly of southern Mongolia: New structural, lithological and geochronological data from the Nemegt and Altan Ranges, Gondwana Research, Vol. 23, No. 4, 1535-1553

Jin, Z., Cunningham, D., 2012, Kilometer-scale refolded folds caused by strike-slip reversal and intraplate shortening in the Beishan region, China, Tectonics, Vol. 31, Issue 3, DOI: 10.1029/2011TC003050.

Ma, F-.S., Deng, Q.-H., Cunningham, D., Yuan, R.-M., Zhao, H.-J., 2012, Vertical shaft collapse at the Jinchuan Nickel Mine, Gansu Province, China: Analysis of contributing factors and causal mechanisms, Environmental Earth Sciences, Vol. 69, 21-28

Grebby, S., Cunningham, D., Naden, J., Tansey, K., 2011, Application of airborne LiDAR data and airborne multispectral imagery to structural mapping of the upper section of the Troodos ophiolite, Cyprus, International Journal of Earth Sciences, DOI 10.1007/s00531-011-0742-3

Grebby, S., Naden, J., Cunningham, D., and Tansey, K., 2011, Integrating airborne multispectral imagery and airborne LiDAR data for enhanced lithological mapping in vegetated terrain, Remote Sensing of Environment, 115, 214-226.

Piccardi, L., Sani, F., Moratti, G., Cunningham, D., Vittori, E., 2010, Present-day geodynamics of the Circum-Adriatic region: An overview, Journal of Geodynamics, doi:10.1016/j.jog.2010.09.002.

Jin, Z., Cunningham, D., Hongyi, C., 2010, Sedimentary characteristics of Cenozoic strata in central-southern Ningxia, NW China: Implications for the evolution of the NE Qinghai–Tibetan Plateau, Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 39, 740-759.

Cunningham, D., 2010, Tectonic Setting and Structural Evolution of the Late Cenozoic Gobi Altai Orogen, in Kusky, T.M., Zhai, M.G., and Xiao, W.J., (eds), The Evolving Continents: Understanding Processes of Continental Growth and Stabilization, Geological Society, London, Special Publication, V. 338, 361-387.

Blight, J.H.S., Crowley, Q.G., Petterson, M.G., Cunningham, D., 2010, Granites of the southern Mongolia Carboniferous arc: New geochronological and geochemical constraints, Lithos, 116, 35-52.

Blight, J.H.S., Petterson, M.G., Crowley, Q.G., Cunningham, D., 2010, The Oyut Ulaan Volcanic Group: Stratigraphy, magmatic evolution and timing in the Carboniferous arc of southeast Mongolia, Journal of the Geological Society, 167, p.491-509.

Grebby, S., Cunningham, D., Naden, J., Tansey, K., 2009, Lithological mapping of the Troodos ophiolite, Cyprus, using airborne LiDAR topographic data, Remote Sensing of Environment, 114, 713-724.

Cunningham, D., Davies, S., McLean, D., 2009, Exhumation of a Cretaceous rift complex within a Late Cenozoic restraining bend, southern Mongolia: Implications for the crustal evolution of the Gobi Altai region, Journal of the Geological Society, Vol. 166, 321-333.

Maher, B.A., Mutch, T.J., Cunningham, D., 2009, Magnetic and geochemical characteristics of Gobi Desert surface sediments: Implications for provenance of the Chinese Loess Plateau, Geology, v. 37, p. 279-282.

Roberts, N., Cunningham, D., 2008, Automated alluvial fan discrimination, Quaternary fault identification, and the distribution of tectonically reactivated crust in the Gobi Altai region, southern Mongolia, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 29, No. 23, 6957-6969.

Kastelic, V., Vrabec, M., Cunningham, D., Gosar, A., 2008, Neo-Alpine structural evolution and present-day tectonic activity of the eastern Southern Alps: The case of the Ravne Fault, NW Slovenia, Journal of Structural Geology, 30, 963-975.

van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Straathof, G.B., Kuiper, K.F., Cunningham, D., Wijbrans, J., 2008, No vertical axis rotations during Neogene transpressional orogeny in the NE Gobi Altai: coinciding Mongolian and Eurasian early Cretaceous apparent polar wander paths, Geophysical Journal International, 173, 105-126.

Rippington, S., Cunningham, D., England, R., 2008, Structure and petrology of the Altun Uul  ophiolite: New evidence for a Devonian-Carboniferous suture in the Gobi-Altai, southern Mongolia, Journal of Geological Society, London , Vol 165, 711-723.

Blight, J., Cunningham, Petterson. M., 2008, Crustal evolution of the Saykhandulaan Inlier, Mongolia:  Implications for Palaeozoic arc magmatism, polyphase deformation and terrane accretion in the Southeast Gobi Mineral Belt, Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 32, 142-164.

Cunningham, W. D. and Mann, P. (eds), 2007, Tectonics of Strike-Slip Restraining and Releasing Bends,  Geological Society, London,  Special Publications, 29.

Cunningham, W. D., and Mann, P., 2007, Tectonics of Strike-Slip Restraining and Releasing Bends in Cunningham, W. D. and Mann, P., (eds), Tectonics of Strike-Slip Restraining and Releasing Bends, Geological  Society, London Special Publications, 290, 1-12.

Cunningham, D., 2007Structural and Topographic Characteristics of Restraining Bend Mountain Ranges of the Altai, Gobi Altai and easternmost Tien Shan, in Cunningham, W. D. and Mann, P., (eds), Tectonics of Strike-Slip Restraining and Releasing Bends, Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 290, 219-237.

Cunningham, D. Grebby, S., Tansey, K., Gosar, A., and Kastelic, V., 2007,  Multi-Disciplinary Investigations of Active Faults in the Julian Alps,  Slovenia, Acta Geodynamica et Geomaterialia, Vol. 4, No. 1 (145), 2007.

Cunningham, D. Grebby, S., Tansey, K., Gosar, A., and Kastelic, V., 2006, Application of airborne LiDAR to mapping seismogenic faults in forested mountainous terrain, southeastern Alps,  Slovenia, Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 33, L20308, doi: 10.10/29/2006GL027014.

Howard, J., Cunningham, D., Davies, S., 2006, Competing processes of clastic deposition and compartmentalised inversion in an actively evolving transpressional basin, western Mongolia Journal of the Geological Society, London, 163, 657–670.

Dijkstra, A., Brouwer, F., Cunningham, D., Buchan, C., Badarch, G., & P. Mason, 2006, Late Neoproterozoic proto-arc ocean crust in the Dariv Range, Western Mongolia: a supra-subduction zone end-member ophiolite Journal of the Geological Society, London, , 163,  2006, 363–373.

Cunningham, Dickson, 2005, Active intracontinental transpressional mountain building in the Mongolian Altai: Defining a new class of orogen, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 240,  436-444.

Cunningham, Dickson, Owen, L.A, Snee, L, and Li Jiliang, 2003, Structural framework of a major intracontinental orogenic termination zone: the easternmost Tien Shan, China, Journal of Geological Society London,160, 4, 575-590.

Cunningham, W. Dickson, Davies, Sarah J., and G. Badarch, 2003, Crustal Architecture and Active Growth of the Sutai Range, Western Mongolia: A Major Intracontinental, Intraplate Restraining Bend, Journal of Geodynamics, 36, 169-191

Cunningham, D., Dijkstra, A., Howard, J. Quarles, A. and Badarch, G. , 2003, Active intraplate strike-slip faulting and transpressional uplift in the Mongolian Altai, from: Storti, F., Holdsworth, R.E. & Salvini, F. (eds), Intraplate Strike-slip Deformation Belts, Geological Society,London, Special Publications, 210, 65-87.

Howard, J., Cunningham, D, Davies, S., Dijkstra, A., and G. Badarch, 2003, Stratigraphic and structural evolution of the Dzereg Basin, Mongolia, Basin Research, 15, 45-72.

Badarch, G. Cunningham, D., and Windley, B., 2002, A new terrane subdivision for Mongolia: Implications for the Phanerozoic crustal growth of Central Asia, Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 21, p.87-110

Buchan, C., Pfander, J., Kroner, A., Brewer, T., Tomurtogoo, O., Tomurhuu, D., Cunningham, D., and B. Windley, 2002, Timing of accretion and collisional deformation in the Central Asian Orogenic Belt: implications of granite geochronology in the Bayankhongor Ophiolite Zone, Chemical Geology, 192, 23-45.

Buchan, C.,Cunningham, W.D., Windley, B.F., and D. Tomurhuu, 2001, Structural and lithological characterisitics of the Bayankhongor ophiolite zone, central Mongolia, Journal of the Geological Society of London, vol. 158, p.445-460.

Cunningham, W. Dickson, 2001, Cenozoic normal faulting and regional doming in the southern Hangay region, Central Mongolia: Implications for the origin of the Baikal Rift Province, Tectonophysics, Vol. 331/4, p.389-411.

Windley, B.F., Badarch, G., Cunningham, W.D., Kröner, A., Buchan, C., Tomurtogoo, O., Salnikova, E.B., 2001. Subduction-Accretion history of the Central Asian orogenic belt: constraints fromMongolia. In: Sklyarov, E.V., (ed.), Assembly and breakup of Rodinia supercontinent: evidence from south Siberia, Guidebook and IGCP-440 Workshop Volume,Irkutsk, 198-201.

Brueckner, H.K., Cunningham, W.D., Alkmim, F.F., and S. Marshak, 2000, Tectonic Implications of Precambrian Sm-Nd Dates from the Southern São Francisco Craton and adjacent Araçuaí and Coastal Mobile Belts, Brazil, Precambrian Research, 99, 255-269.

Owen, L.A., Cunningham, W.D., Windley, B.F., Badamgarov, J. and Dorjnamjaa, D., 1999, The landscape evolution of Nemegt Uul: A late Cenozoic transpressional uplift in the Gobi Altai, southern Mongolia, Geological Society of London Special Publication on Uplift, Erosion and Stability, 162, 201-218.

Owen, L.A., Cunningham, W.D., Richards, B., Rhodes, E., Windley, B.F., Dorjnamjaa, D. and Badamgarav, J., 1999, Timing of formation of forebegs in the northeastern Gobi Altai, Mongolia: Implications for estimating mountain uplift rates and earthquake recurrence intervals, Journal of Geological Society of London, 156, p.457-464.

Badamgarav, J., Badarch, G, Bat-Ireedui, Ya, Gerel, O., Dorjnmajaa, D, Cunningham, D., Windley, B., Buchan, C., 1998, Geotectonic map of Mongolia, Mongolian Academy of Sciences, Paleontological Center, 1:2,500, 000.

Cunningham, W. Dickson, 1998, Lithospheric controls on Late Cenozoic construction of the Mongolian Altai, Tectonics, Vol. 17, No. 6, 891-902.

Cunningham, W.D., Alkmim, F.F. and S. Marshak, 1998, A structural transect across the Coastal Mobile Belt in the Brazilian Highlands (Latitude 20°S) The roots of a Precambrian transpressional orogen, Precambrian Research, 92, 251-272.

Owen, L.A., Richards, B., Rhodes, E., Cunningham, W.D., Windley, B.F., Badamgarav, J. and D. Dorjnamjaa, 1998, Relic permafrost structures and periglacial landforms in the Gobi of Mongolia, Journal of Quaternary Science, 13, (6), 539-547.

Cunningham, W. Dickson, Windley, Brian F., Owen, L.A., Barry, T., Dorjnamjaa, D., Badamgarav, G. Saandar, M., 1997, Geometry and style of partitioned deformation within a late Cenozoic transpressional zone in the eastern Gobi Altai Mountains, Mongolia, Tectonophysics, 277, 285-306.

Owen, L.A., Windley, B.F., Cunningham, W.D., Badamgarov, J. and Dorjnamjaa, D., 1997, Quaternary alluvial fans in the Gobi Desert, southern Mongolia: Evidence for neotectonics and climate change, Journal of Quaternary Science, 12 (3), 239-252.

Cunningham, W. Dickson, Marshak, Stephen and Alkmim, Fernando A., 1996, Structural style of basin inversion at mid-crustal levels: Two transects in the internal zone of the Brasiliano Araçuai Belt, Minas Gerais, Brazil, Precambrian Research, 77, p. 1-15..

Cunningham, W. Dickson, Windley, Brian F., Dorjnamjaa, D., Badamgarov, G. Saandar, M., 1996, Late Cenozoic transpression in southwestern Mongolia and the Gobi Altai-Tien Shan connection, Earth and Planetary  Sciences, Vol. 140, No. 1-4, p. 67-82.

Reynolds, S. J., Spencer, J.E., Laubach, S.E., Peacock, S.S., Richard, S.M., and Cunningham, W.D., 1996, Geologic setting of mineral deposits of the Granite Wash Mountains, La Paz County, West-Central Arizona, in: Rehrig, W.A., Heidrick, T.L. and Frost, E.G., eds., Low-angle  tectonic features of the southwestern United States and their influences on mineral resources:  Society of Exploration Geologists, Guidebook Series v. 25 p. 141-155.

Cunningham, W. Dickson, Windley, Brian F., Dorjnamjaa, D., Badamgarov, G. Saandar, M., A., 1996, A structural transect across the Mongolian Altai: active transpressional mountain building in central Asia, Tectonics, Vol. 15, No. 1, p. 142-156.

Cunningham, W. Dickson, 1995, Orogenesis at the southern tip of the Americas: The structural evolution of the Cordillera Darwin metamorphic complex, southernmost Chile, Tectonophysics, Vol. 244, No. 4, 197-229.

Cunningham, W. Dickson, Dalziel, Ian W.D., Lee, Tung-yi and Lawver, L.A., 1995, Southernmost South America-Antarctic Peninsula relative plate motions since 84 Ma: Implications for the tectonic evolution of the Scotia Arc region, Journal of Geophysical  Research, v. 100, no. B5,  p. 8257-8266.

Cunningham, W. Dickson, 1994, Uplifted ophiolitic rocks on Isla Gordon, southernmost Chile: Implications for the closure history of the Rocas Verdes marginal basin and the tectonic evolution of the Beagle Channel region, Journal of South American Earth Sciences, Vol. 7 no. 2, p. 135-148

Cunningham, W. Dickson, 1993, Strike-slip faults in the southernmost Andes and the development of the Patagonian Orocline, Tectonics, V. 12, No. 1, p. 169-186..

Cunningham, W.D., 1993, Geological investigations at the southern tip of the Americas: The development of the Patagonian Orocline and uplift of the Cordillera Darwin metamorphic complex, southernmost Chile: Austin, University of Texas at Austin Ph.D. Dissertation, 261p.

Cunningham, W. Dickson, Klepeis, Keith A., Gose, Wulf A. and Dalziel, Ian W. D., 1991, The Patagonian Orocline: New Paleomagnetic Data from the Andean Magmatic Arc in Tierra del Fuego, Chile.  Journal of Geophysical Research. Vol. 96, No. B10, P. 16,061-16,067.

Reynolds, S. J., Spencer, J. E., Laubach, S. E., Cunningham, W. D., and Richard, S. M., 1991, Geologic map and sections of the Granite Wash Mountains, West-Central Arizona, Arizona Geological Survey Map M-30, 1:24:000.

Reynolds, S.J., J.E. Spencer, S.E. Laubach, D. Cunningham, and S.M. Richard, 1989, Geologic Map, Geologic Evolution, and Mineral Deposits of the Granite Wash Mountains, West-Central Arizona, Arizona Bureau of Geology and Mineral Technology OFR-89-4, 51 p., scale 1:24,000.

Cunningham, D. DeWitt, E., Haxel, G., Reynolds, S.J., and Spencer, J. E., 1987, Geologic Map of the Maricopa Mountains, central Arizona: Arizona Bureau of Geology and Mineral Technology OFR 87-4, scale 1:62,500.

Cunningham, W. D. 1987, Arizona and the Superconducting Super Collider: Fieldnotes V. 17, no. 1, p.1-15.

Reynolds, S. J., Spencer, J. E., Laubach, S. E., Cunningham, W. D., and Richard, S. M., 1987, Geologic map of the Granite Wash and Western Harcuvar Mountains, west central Arizona: Arizona Bureau of Geology and Mineral Technology OFR 87-33, scale 1:24,000.

Sternberg, B. K., Sutter, T. C., and Cunningham, W. D., 1986, Report on gravity surveys for the Sierrita Desertron (SSC) Site, Laboratory for Advanced Subsurface Imaging Report 86-2, University of Arizona.

Cunningham, W. D., 1986, Geologic map of the northwest Granite Wash Mountains, and geologic cross sections to accompany geologic map of the northwest Granite Wash Mountains, La Paz County, Arizona, Arizona Bureau of Geology and Mineral Technology Miscellaneous Map MM-86-B, 2 maps, scale 1:10,000.

Cunningham, W. D., 1986, Superposed thrusting in the northern Granite Wash Mountains, La Paz County, Arizona: Tucson, University of Arizona, M.S. Thesis, 112 p.

 

GRANT AWARDS  (approximately $1.65 million to date as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator)

2013      AAUP Travel Award: AGU Annual Meeting ($1000)

2012      AAUP Travel Award: GSA Annual Meeting ($1000)

2012       AAUP Faculty Development Award: Investigating processes of continental interior tectonic reactivation: The enigmatic Helan Shan of north China ($750)

2010       Royal Society International Travel Grant: Active fault systems and earthquake hazards in the Tibetan foreland region near Dunhuang, NW China (£2239; PI)

2010       NERC Field Spectroscopy Facility: A Spectro-radiometric study of the North Troodos Ophiolite, Cyprus (£8,490 in kind; PI)

2010       NERC Airborne Remote Sensing Facility: Investigation of the lithological and structural architecture of the Northern Troodos Mountains, Cyprus (£98,567 in kind; PI)

2009       NERC Standard Grant: Scales and Frequencies of Snake River Type Super-Eruptions of the Yellowstone Hot-Spot Track, USA (£558,421, Co-I)

2008       Royal Society International Incoming Fellowship: Strike-Slip Fault Systems and Active Tectonics of the Bei Shan, NW China (£12,830; PI)

2006       NERC (BGS), PhD studentship supplement (£3000)

2004       NERC ARSF Grant, LIDAR mapping of seismogenic faults, Slovenia (£20,000, in kind; PI)

2003       NERC CONNECT B Grant, Transpressional Basin Evolution, Mongolia (£180,093; PI)

2003       NERC Geophysical Equipment Pool: Refraction/wide-angle reflection profiling of polydeformed intracontinental transpressional basins, southern Mongolia (in kind)

2003       Industrial Grant, Crustal Geophysics, Mongolia (£191,291; PI)

2001       NERC NIGL Award: Palaeozoic accretion in western Mongolia  (in kind)

2003       Royal Society Research Grant 23901: Earthquake Geology, NW Slovenia (£3570; PI)

2001       Royal Society Research Grant 22077: Evolution of Restraining Bends, Mongolia(£4349; PI)

2001       Royal Society Conference grant to attend GSA Conference (£534)

2001       Leicester Geology Department research grant for work in Mongolia (£600; PI)

2000       Leicester Geology Department research grant for work in Mongolia (£300; PI)

2000       Royal Society IGCP grant to attend continental rifts workshop (£520)

1999       European Commission Marie Curie Individual Fellowship (£68,383; PI)

1999       Royal Society IGCP grant to attend continental rifts workshop (£770)

1998       National Geographic Society Research Grant 6308-98, “Geological Evolution of the  Mongolian High Altai”, (£10,870; PI)

1998       Royal Society Research Grant 19174: Origin of Hangay Dome, Mongolia (£3717; PI)

1997       Royal Society Conference grant to attend GSA Penrose Conference (£500)

1997       Royal Society IGCP grant to attend continental rifts workshop (£400)

1996       Leicester Geology Department research grant for work in Mongolia (£750; PI)

1993       National Science Foundation NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Science #9353701: Structural  Investigations of the Altai Range, Western Mongolia (£28,900; PI).

1993       National Science Foundation International Programs Grant #9301292: Structural Geology of  the Eastern Brazilian Shield (£21,850; PI).

 

FIRST AUTHORED PRESENTATIONS MADE AT PROFESSIONAL MEETINGS

(non-first-authored talks/posters not included here, but total more than 80 additional presentations)

AGU Annual Meeting, San Francisco, 2013, Late Cenozoic topographic uplift of mountainous regions north of Tibet, Central Asia

GSA-GSC Roof of the World Meeting, Chengdu, China, 2013,  (talk),  Major Fault Systems and Mountain Building Processes in the Gobi Corridor and north Tibetan Foreland, NW China and S Mongolia

GSA Annual Meeting, Charlotte, NC, 2012 (invited talk): Mountain building processes in intracontinental oblique deformation belts: Lessons from the Gobi Corridor, Central Asia

EGU Annual Meeting, Vienna, 2012 (talk), Title: Major Fault Systems and Mountain Building Processes in the Tibetan Foreland and Beishan Region, NW China

EGU Annual Meeting, Vienna, 2012 (poster), Title: Mountain building processes in intraplate, intracontinental oblique deformation belts: Lessons from the Gobi Altai, Mongolia

Geological Society of London Conference on “The coupling between tectonics and surface processes”, 2011 (invited talk): The  modern landscape expression of Late Cenozoic oblique deformation in the Tibetan foreland, Beishan and Gobi Altai regions of Central Asia

AOGS Annual Meeting, Taipei, Taiwan, 2011 (invited talk): Major Fault Systems and Mountain Building Processes in the Tibetan Foreland and Beishan Region, NW China

AOGS Annual Meeting, Taipei, Taiwan, 2011 (talk): Tectonic setting and structural evolution of the Late Cenozoic Gobi Altai Orogen

TSG Annual Meeting, Birmingham, 2010  (talk), Title: Late Cenozoic reactivation of polydeformed basement in the Chinese Beishan region north of Tibet

AGU Annual Meeting, San Francisco, 2009 (talk), Title: Tectonic setting and structural evolution of the Late Cenozoic Gobi Altai Orogen, Mongolia

SNET XII Conference, Ouro Preto, Brazil, 2009 (keynote talk), Title: Intracontinental strike-slip faulting and transpressional mountain building: Examples from Central Asia

TSG Annual Meeting, Keele, 2009 (talk), Title: Exhumation of a Cretaceous rift complex within a Late Cenozoic restraining bend, southern Mongolia: Implications for the crustal evolution of the Gobi Altai region

EGU Annual Meeting, Vienna, 2007 (poster), Title: Application of LiDAR to mapping seismogenic faults in forested mountainous terrain, Julian Alps, NW Slovenia

EGU Annual Meeting, Vienna, 2007 (talk), Title: Intracontinental Transpressional Mountain Building and Coupled Basin Development in the Gobi Altai Region, Mongolia

TSG Annual Meeting, Glasgow, 2007 (talk), Title: Application of LiDAR to mapping seismogenic faults in forested mountainous terrain, Julian Alps, NW Slovenia

GRSG Annual Conference: Remote Sensing of Earth Resources, London, 2006 (talk), Title: LiDAR mapping of faults in forested mountainous terrain, Julian Alps, NW Slovenia

COST-Action 625 Workshop on Active Faults, Florence, 2006 (talk), Title: Application of LiDAR to mapping seismogenic faults in forested mountainous terrain, Julian Alps, NW Slovenia

EGU Meeting, Vienna (talk), 2006 (talk), Title: Structural and topographic characteristics of restraining bend mountain ranges in the Altai, Gobi Altai and easternmost Tien Shan

COST-Action 625 Workshop on Active Faults (talk), Wroclaw, Poland 2005 (invited talk), Title: Investigations into Active Faulting, Earthquake Hazards and Crustal Structure, NW Slovenia

Geological Society of London Conference on the Tectonics of Strike-Slip Restraining and Releasing Bends in Continental and Oceanic Settings London, 2005 (talk), Title: Mountain building processes in intracontinental intraplate transpressional mountain belts: Lessons from the Altai, Gobi Altai, and easternmost Tien Shan

EGU Meeting, Vienna, 2005 (talk) Title: Mountain building processes in intracontinental intraplate transpressional mountain belts: Lessons from the Altai and Gobi Altai, Mongolia

TSG Annual Meeting, Plymouth, 2004  (talk) Title: Mountain Building Processes in Intracontinental Intraplate Transpressional Mountain Belts: Lessons from the Altai and Gobi Altai, Mongolia

AGU Annual Meeting, San Francisco, 2004  (talk) Title: Processes of Active Intraplate Deformation in the Mongolian Altai and Gobi Altai

COST-Action 625 Workshop on Active Faults, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2003 (invited talk) Title: Active deformation in NW Slovenia

EGS-AGU-EUG Joint Assembly, Nice, 2003  (talk) Title: Active Faulting and Intracontinental Deformation in the Mongolian Altai

TSG Annual Meeting, Liverpool, 2003  (talk) Title: Restraining Bends, Flower Structure Coalescence, and Transpressional Duplexing in the Mongolian Altai

COST-Action 625 Workshop on Active Faults, Camerino, Italy, 2002 (talk) Title: Criteria for identifying active range bounding faults and documenting their kinematic nature: examples from Mongolia and western China

GSA Cordillera Section Meeting, Los Angeles 2001, (talk) Title: Crustal Architecture of the Northwestern Mongolian Altai

TSG Annual Meeting, Leeds, 2001 (talk), Title: Cenozoic Transpressional Reactivation of the Mongolian High Altai

AGU Annual Meeting, San Francisco, 2000 (poster), Title: Crustal Architecture of the Northwestern Mongolian Altai

IGCP 400 Conference on Continental Rifting, Dead Sea,Israel, 2000 (talk), Title: Lithospheric Controls on the development of intraplate rifts and depressions in Central Asia: Extrusion revisited

Geoscience 2000, Manchester, England, 2000 (talk), Title: Mechanisms of Late Cenozoic mountain building in the easternmost Tien Shan, Mongolian Altai and Hangay Dome

TSG Annual Meeting, Manchester, England, 2000 (talk), Title: Late Cenozoic extension in the southern Hangay Dome region, Mongolia: Implications for the evolution of the Baikal Rift Province

IGCP 400 Conference on Continental Rifting, Irkutsk, Russia, 1999 (talk), Title: Late Cenozoic extension in the southern Hangay Dome Region, Mongolia: Implications for the evolution of the Baikal Rift Province

EUG Strasbourg, France, 1999 (talk), Title: Intracontinental crustal doming and regional extension in Central Mongolia: Structural evidence for an active plume beneath Central Asia

GSA Penrose Conference on Tectonics of Continental Interiors, Cedar City, Utah, 1997 (talk), Title: Lithospheric controls on Late Cenozoic construction of the Mongolian Altai

EUG Strasbourg, 1997 (talk), Title: Cenozoic Development of the Mongolian Altai

TSG Transpression Conference, London, 1997 (talk), Title: Late Cenozoic Transpressional Mountain Building in the Mongolian Altai

GSA fall meeting, New Orleans, 1995, (talk), Title: Intracontinental mountain building in western Mongolia: the late Cenozoic transpressional uplift of the Altai.

GSA fall meeting, Seattle, 1994, (talk), Title: Proterozoic-Present tectonism in the Araçuai Belt along the eastern margin of the São Francisco Craton, Brazilian Highlands: the mid-to lower crustal roots of a polyphase orogen.

AGU fall meeting, San Francisco, 1992, (talk), Title: Quantification of southern South America-Antarctic Peninsula relative motion since 90 Ma: Implications for Scotia Arc tectonics.

AGU Chapman Conference on Tectonics and Topography, Snowbird, Utah, 1992 (poster), Title: Strike-slip faulting in the southernmost Andes and the development of the Patagonian Orocline.

GSA fall meeting, San Diego, 1991 (talk), Title: Strike-slip faulting in the southernmost Andes and the development of the Patagonian Orocline.

GSA Penrose Conference on Transpression, Bellingham,WA, 1990 (poster), Title: New evidence for strike-slip faulting in Cordillera Darwin, southernmost Chile: Implications for southern Andean orogenesis and the development of the Patagonian Orocline.

AGU spring meeting, Baltimore, 1990 (poster), Title: The Patagonian Orocline: New Paleomagnetic Data from the Andean Magmatic Arc in Tierra Del Fuego.

 

SENIOR PROJECTS/THESES, MGEOL, PHD AND POSTDOCTORAL PROJECT SUPERVISION

At Eastern Connecticut State University (2013 – ):

Kevin Mokoski (2014-15), Structural architecture of the Valley Falls and Bolton Notch staurolite schist belt, Vernon-Bolton, CT

Ujjwal Davda (2014), Polyphase evolution of agmatitic and migmatitic gneiss complexes in coastal exposures of New London County, CT

Mackenzie Fannon, (2103-14), Geological characteristics and kinematic history of super-eruption derived ignimbrite units along the Yellowstone hot spot track, Brown’s Bench, southern Idaho

Anthony Sylvester, (2103-14), Lithological characteristics and kinematic history of a major ignimbrite sequence, Shoshone Hills, southern Idaho

Daniel Grondin, (2103-14), Rheomorphic folds in super-hot ignimbrites from the southern Snake River Plain, Idaho

Matthew Gonsalves, (2103-14), Structural and Petrological Analysis of the Soapstone Mtn Metagabbro Complex, Somers, CT

Catherine Carr, (2103-14), Gem-Producing Pegmatites of the Haddam and Glastonbury Districts, CT

At The University of Leicester (1996-2012):

Jason Ramsdale: (M.Geol. thesis, 2012), The effect of sea level rise on coastal Vietnam: A quantitative approach

Callum Ginbey: (M.Geol. thesis, 2012), Structural and lithological setting of the Paguanta Mineral District, northern Chile

Ade Bland: (M.Geol. thesis, 2012), Deformation of the Yamana Plutonic Suite, Cordillera Darwin, Chile

Alex Robbins: (M.Geol. thesis, 2012), Structural Analysis of bedrock joints in Charnwood Forest, Leicestershire

Tim Merrick (M.Geol. thesis, 2012), A remote sensing investigation of glacial retreat in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru

William Swinnerton (M.Geol. thesis, 2012), The effects of sea level rise and coastal flooding on the Greater London Area

Rowan Vernon (Ph.D.,  U. of Leicester, 2011-14),  Mountain Building Processes in the Tibetan Foreland: The Precambrian-Recent Evolution of the Dunhuang Block, NW China

Emmanuel Arhin (Ph.D.,  U. of Leicester, 2010-13), Use of regolith geochemistry and remote sensing to delineate potential gold targets in savanna regions of Ghana

Liam McDonnell: (M.Geol. thesis, 2011), The distribution of tectonically reactivated crust in the Dunhuang region, N China as revealed by satellite imagery and digital topographic data

Isabella Gredzinski: (M.Geol. thesis, 2011), The distribution of tectonically reactivated crust in the Beishan, N China as revealed by satellite imagery and digital topographic data

Howard Daley: (M.Geol. thesis, 2011), Investigation of the three-dimensional architecture and structural and stratigraphic evolution of the Shargyn Basin, western Mongolia

Andrew Bedford: (M.Geol. thesis, 2011), Peneplain remnants in the Cenozoic mountain ranges of Central Asia: Topographic characteristics and tectonic implications

Jamie Walker: (M.Geol. thesis, 2011), Structural and Lithological Controls on the Geomorphology and Geological Evolution of Leicestershire as Revealed by High-Resolution Digital Topographic Data

Anthony Webster: (M.Geol. thesis, 2011), Structural Evolution and Active Faulting of the Junggar Gate, NW China

Michael Williams (M.Geol. thesis, 2010), Fluvial fans and transpressional basins of western Mongolia

Daniel Wagstaff (M.Geol. thesis, 2010), The structural significance of D3 kink bands in the deformed metasediments at Rhoscolyn, Holy Island, Anglesey

Sarah Owen: (Ph.D., U. of Leicester, 2009-12), Geological origins of sugar loaf peaks in eastern Brazil and their environmental importance as refugia for Atlantic rain forest preservation.  University of Leicester University of the Year Scholarship

Dr Zhang Jin: (2008-9), Royal Society Postdoctoral Fellow: Active Tectonics of the Beishan, China

Andy McCluskey: (M.Geol. thesis, 2009), The Swithland Slates of NW Leicestershire: Structure, metamorphism, and historical importance as an economic resource

Abigail Hackston: (M.Geol. thesis, 2009), The Active Tectonics of the Stanovoy Belt, Eastern Siberia

Sarah Owen: (M.Geol. thesis, 2009), Glacial Lake Outburst Flood Hazards in Northern Tibet and the Easternmost Tien Shan

Scott Dempsey: (M.Geol. thesis, 2008), Igneous Geochemistry of Mesozoic Lavas in the Northern Gobi Altai, Mongolia: A product of Continental Rifting, a Mantle Plume, or both?

Thomas Roworth: (M.Geol. thesis, 2008), Active Deformation and Geological Evolution of the Tarbagatay Range, Western China

Stephen Grebby, (Ph.D., U. of Leicester, 2007-2010) Application of airborne LIDAR to fault mapping,  structural analysis, and identification of fracture controlled mineralisation, Slovenia and Cyprus.  NERC CASE

Douwe van Hinsbergen, NERC Postdoctoral Fellow: Mesozoic-Cenozoic Basin Evolution, Gobi Altai, Mongolia

Abdullah Bamousa, (Ph.D., U. of Leicester, 2004-2007), Structural evolution of the Carmel Head thrust system, Anglesey, Wales

Nick Roberts: (M.Geol. thesis, 2006), Application of Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) Digital Elevation Data to Understanding Processes of Intracontinental Mountain Building and Basin Evolution, Mongolia

Kay Phillips (M.Geol. thesis, 2004), Petrography of a Devonian Sedimentary Succession from Omni Hayrhan Uula, Mongolian Altai

Natasha Lee (M.Geol. thesis, 2004), Metamorphic geology and U-Pb dating of granite emplacement, Mongolian Altai.

Stephen Rippington (Ph.D., U. of Leicester, 2003-2007) The structural geology of the Nemegt Range, Mongolia: Implications for the development of hydrocarbon traps adjacent to restraining bends and within transpressionally inverted rift basins. NERC CASE

Vanja Kastelic (Ph.D., U.of Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2003-2008) Structural evolution and seismotectonic character of the Ravne Fault, NW Slovenia. 

James Blight (Ph.D., U. of Leicester, 2002-2006) Batholith hosted porphyry copper deposits of the Gobi Desert, Mongolia: Towards a predictive model. NERC CASE

Arjan Dijkstra, Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, 2000-2003, Basement geology of the Mongolian Altai

James Howard (Ph.D., U. of Leicester, 2000-2003) Basin evolution in the Mongolian Altai

Robert Ganis (Ph.D., U. of Leicester, 2001-2003) Biostratigraphic controls on the emplacement history of the Hamburg Klippe, Pennsylvania

Kathryn Moores (M.Geol. thesis, 2003) U-Pb dating of Mongolian Altai granitoids: Timing constraints on basement deformation and crustal assembly

David Clifford (M.Geol. thesis, 2003) The intermediate and felsic volcanic rocks of Tugal Nuur, western Mongolia: Geochemical characteristics and tectonic significance

Neil Ford (M.Geol. thesis, 2002) Remote sensing study of the Beishan, China

James Blight (M.Geol. thesis, 2002) Geology of the Tolbo Nuur Iron Skarn Deposit, western Mongolia

Michael Cottam (M.Geol. thesis, 2000) Active tectonics and geomorphology of the southern Caucasus region, Georgia, a remote sensing analysis.

James Duggleby (M.Geol. thesis, 2000) Alluvial basins in the Mongolian Gobi Desert: their remote sensing expression, basin geology, hydrogeology and agricultural potential. 

Michael Rose (BSc. Dissertation, 2000) Landslides in the Castleton/Edale region, Peak District.

Craig Buchan (Ph.D., U. of Leicester, 1997-2001) Mongolian ophiolites: Their role in the Palaeozoic crustal growth of Central Asia. NERC supported

Stephen Donnegan (MSc. U. of Leicester, 1998) An investigation into potential tectonic activity within the Gobi Altai Mountains of Mongolia using Landsat MSS and SIR-C.

Lucy Porritt (BSc. Dissertation, 1999) An assessment of gold occurrences in southern Mongolia involving Landsat image interpretations

Joe Rydell (BSc. Dissertation, 1999): A RADAR image interpretation of the Sub-Andean petroleum  basins of northern South America

Thomas Wiggins (BSc. Dissertation, 1999): Geological investigation of the Black Ven near Lyme Regis, Dorset: Active mass wasting and implications for future coastal hazards

Ben Kennedy (BSc. Dissertation, 1997) A remote sensing study of the geology and current tectonic activity of the Bayangobi  region, Central Mongolia.

 

PH.D.s EXAMINED (non-supervisees)

Chris Wilcox, 2011, Eruptive, Magmatic and Structural Evolution of a Large Explosive Caldera Volcano: Los Humeros, Central Mexico,  University of Leicester

Vanja Kastelic, 2008, Seismotectonic Research of the Ravne Fault and the 1998 and 2004 Earthquakes in the Upper Posočje, Slovenia, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Timothy Kinnaird, 2008, Tectonic and sedimentology response to diachronous continental collision in the easternmost Mediterranean, Cyprus, University of Edinburgh

Graham Andrews, 2006, Emplacement and deformation of high-temperature tuffs: a structural analysis of the Grey’s landing ignimbrite, Snake River plain, Idaho, University of Leicester

Andrew Mason, 2003, The South Harris Igneous Complex, University ofLeicester

Annette McGrath, 1999, Structural and Geochemical Evolution of an Extensional Metamorphic Core Complex, Paros, Greece, University of Leicester.

 

CONFERENCES ORGANIZED/SYMPOSIA CONVENED

2014      GSA Structural Geology/Tectonics Symposium: Contrasting Styles of Phanerozoic Intracontinental Tectonics: North America vs. Asia

2012       EGU Continental Transform Symposium,Vienna

2012       EGU Transpressional Deformation Symposium,Vienna

2009       EGU Airborne and Terrestrial Laser Scanning and geomorphology: possibilities, problems, and solutions, Symposium, Vienna.

2007       EGU Active Tectonics of Circum-Adriatic Region Symposium,Vienna

2006      EGU Mountain Building Processes Symposium,Vienna

2005       3-Day Conference on “The Tectonics of Restraining Bend and Releasing Bends in Continental and Oceanic Settings”, Burlington House London, main organizer with Paul Mann

2005       EGU Indo-Eurasia Collision Symposium,Vienna

2002       TSG Annual Meeting, Leicester, UK, main organizer

2000      Central Asia tectonics symposium, Geosciences 2000, Manchester

1997       Leicester Visiting Speaker Seminar Programme

1995       GSA Global Tectonics symposium, New Orleans

 

OTHER INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

2006-2013 Editorial Board for Journal of Asian Earth Sciences

1999-2013 Editorial Board for Tectonophysics

2010 Journal of Geodynamics, Guest Editor

2007 Special Publication Editor, Geological Society

2011-13 EGU Tectonics and Structural Geology Committee, Leader of strike-slip tectonics theme

2002-7   European Commission COST-Action 625: Active Faults: Analysis, Processes and Monitoring, served as UK representative on Management Committee

1997-0   IGCP 420 participant, Crustal growth in the Phanerozoic: evidence from east-central Asia

1997       IGCP 400 participant, Geodynamics of Continental Rifting

2009-2012, Appointed Visiting Examiner to Earth Sciences Sub-Board of Examiners, Royal Holloway, University of London

2011 Tectonic Studies Group, Geological Society of London Panel Judge for best student mapping project and poster session

2003-2006 Treasurer to Tectonic Studies Group, Geological Society of London

    

MAJOR ADMINISTRATIVE ROLES

At Eastern Connecticut State University

ECSU EES Faculty Senator, 2014-

ECSU Department Representative and Chair of ASRCE Committee 2014-2015

ECSU Summer Curriculum Development Committee, 2014 -

ECSU Department Representative for ASRCE Committee 2012-2013

ECSU Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Advisory Council, 2013 – ongoing

ECSU Interdepartmental Education Task Force, winter-spring, 2013-2014

ECSU Faculty Development Committee, 2013 – ongoing

ECSU Honorary Degree Committee, 2013 – ongoing

ECSU Department Library Point Person 2012 – ongoing

ECSU Tenure-Track Search Committee, 2012-2013

Previously, at the University of Leicester, UK:

Departmental Teaching Director 2009-2012

University Academic Committee, 2009-2012

Departmental Examination Officer 2006-2009

Departmental Research Director 2003-2005

Founder and Leader of Orogenic Processes Research Group

Departmental Admissions Tutor, 1997-2001

Departmental Careers Tutor, 1996-2000

Departmental Postgraduate Tutor, 1996-2000

Member of Department Learning and Teaching Committee, Research Committee, Fieldwork Committee, Safety Committee, Computer Committee, University Widening Participation Programme Committee

Department Safety Officer on field trips.

           

CONTACT INFORMATION

Department of Environmental Earth Science
Eastern Connecticut State University
83 Windham Street
Willimantic, CT  06238
Tel: 860-465-4321
Dept. Office: 860-465-4317
Fax: 860-465-5213
E-mail: cunninghamw@easternct.edu

 

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