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Ramon Arrowsmith

Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6004
Biography: 

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

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

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

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

Publications: 

A few recent publications (*STUDENT COAUTHOR):

Chen, Z., Scott, T., Bearman, S., Anand, H., Keating, D., Scott, C., Arrowsmith, J R., Das, J., Geomorphological Analysis Using Unpiloted Aircraft Systems, Structure from Motion, and Deep Learning,  2020 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems,peer-reviewed proceedings, submission 2107, accepted, 2020.

Arnous, A., Zeckra, M., Venerdini, A., Alvarado, P., Arrowsmith, J R., Guillemoteau, J., Landgraf, Gutiérrez, A., Strecker, M., Neotectonic activity in the low-strain broken foreland (Santa Bárbara System) of the north-western Argentinean Andes, Lithosphere, in press, 2020.

Marliyani*, G., Clarke, A., Helmi*, H., Arrowsmith, J R., Volcano Morphology as an Indicator of Stress Orientation in Java Volcanic Arc, Indonesia, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, in press, 2020.

Share, P-E., Taborik, P., Stepancikova, P., Stemberk, J., Rockwell, T. K., Wade*, A., Arrowsmith J R., Donnellan, A., Vernon, F. L., Ben-Zion, Y., Characterizing the uppermost 100 m structure of the San Jacinto fault zone southeast of Anza, California, through joint analysis of geologic, topographic, seismic and resistivity data, \Geophysical Journal International, in press, 2020.

Hudnut, K.W., B. Brooks, K. Scharer, J.L. Hernandez, T.E. Dawson, M.E. Oskin, R. Arrowsmith, C. Goulet, K. Blake, M.L. Boggs, S. Bork, C.L. Glennie, J.C. Fernandez-Diaz, A. Singhania, D. Hauser, S. Sorhus, Airborne Lidar and Electro-Optical Imagery Along Surface Ruptures of the 2019 Ridgecrest Earthquake Sequence, Southern California, Seismological Research Letters: Ridgecrest sequence “data mine” special issue, https://doi.org/10.1785/0220190338, 2020.

Crosby, C. J., Arrowsmith, J R., Nandigam, V., Zero to a trillion: Advancing surface process studies with open access to high resolution topography, i} Tarolli, P., and Mudd, S., eds., \emph{The Remote Sensing of Geomorphology}, Elsevier book series Developments in Earth Surface Processes, Volume 23, https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-444-64177-9.00011-4, 2020.

Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
GLG 494Special Topics
GLG 591Seminar
SES 592Research
GLG 598Special Topics
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Summer 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 592Research
SES 595Continuing Registration
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
GLG 451Field Geology I
GLG 591Seminar
SES 592Research
SES 599Thesis
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
GLG 591Seminar
SES 592Research
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 592Research
SES 599Thesis
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
GLG 451Field Geology I
SES 494Special Topics
GLG 591Seminar
SES 592Research
SES 598Special Topics
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 494Special Topics
SES 591Seminar
GLG 591Seminar
SES 592Research
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
GLG 590Reading and Conference
SES 592Research
SES 599Thesis
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
GLG 451Field Geology I
GLG 591Seminar
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
GLG 591Seminar
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 592Research
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
AST 592Research
GLG 592Research
GLG 599Thesis
AST 692Research
SES 692Research
GLG 692Research
SES 792Research
GLG 792Research
AST 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
AST 799Dissertation
GLG 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
GLG 592Research
GLG 599Thesis
SES 692Research
AST 692Research
GLG 692Research
SES 792Research
GLG 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
AST 799Dissertation
GLG 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
GLG 592Research
AST 692Research
GLG 799Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
GLG 451Field Geology I
GLG 591Seminar
AST 592Research
GLG 592Research
GLG 595Continuing Registration
GLG 599Thesis
GLG 692Research
AST 692Research
GLG 792Research
AST 792Research
GLG 799Dissertation
AST 799Dissertation
Honors / Awards: 
  • Arizona State University School of Earth and Space Exploration Undergraduate Professor of the Year (from students) 2013
  • Fellow, Geological Society of America 2009
  • Arizona State University School of Earth and Space Exploration Graduate Professor of the Year (from students) 2008
  • Arizona State University School of Earth and Space Exploration Undergraduate Professor of the Year (from students) 2007
  • Arizona State University Geological Sciences Department Faculty Appreciation award (from students) 2005
  • Arizona State University Geology Department Excellence in Teaching award 1996 (shared with S. Reynolds)
Professional Associations: 
  • American Geophysical Union
  • Geological Society of America
  • Seismological Society of America
Service: 
  • 2020-present Member, US National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for Geosciences (AC-GEO; https://www.nsf.gov/geo/advisory.jsp)
  • 2019-present Second Vice Chair, Management Board, Structural Geology and Tectonics Division of the Geological Society of America
  • 2019-present Chair, Arizona Seismic Safety Advisory Council
  • 2018-present Southern California Earthquake Center Planning Committee member (SAFS)
  • 2015-2016 NASA Strategic planning committee member for the NASA Earth Surface and Interior (ESI) Focus Area
  • 2014-2018 UNAVCO Nominating committee
  • 2007-2017National Earthquake Prediction Evaluation Council (appointed by Director of US Geological Survey)
  • 2011-2016 Southern California Earthquake Center Planning Committee (SoSAFE)
  • 2006-present Arizona Land Subsidence Group member
  • 2008-2014 Committee on Seismology and Geodynamics, a standing committee within the National Research Council's Board on Earth Sciences and Resources
  • 2011-2015 EarthScope Steering Committee chairman
  • 2011-2015 EarthScope National Office Director
  • 2013 Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station Seismic Hazard Review (SSHAC level 3) Resource Expert
  • 2010-2013 Scientific Review Panel, Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast 3