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Mueller, Karl Jules Professor

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Research

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  • Professor Mueller's research is primarily focused on the study and analysis of actively deforming structures and earthquakes. He uses a variety of techniques that blend field geology with analysis of young sedimentary deposits, geomorphology and geophysics. Aimed at understanding how earthquakes act to build geologic structures and the boundary conditions that control coupled deformation and erosion, projects have taken him to Taiwan, Japan, Baja California, Italy the American Midcontinent and the Southwest USA. His work also seeks to understand how erosion drives stresses in the upper crust and how this affects active flow of ultraweak rock salt in the Paradox Basin of Utah. Professor Mueller has also worked to define how blind thrust faults grow early in the history of Mars and Mercury in response to secular cooling and how they might inform the evolution of the brittle to ductile transition and heat flow on these planets.

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  • Erosional forcing of upper crustal strain, Seismotectonics of fold and thrust belts and transtentional fault systems, Origins of coastal uplift in Southern CA and Baja, Earthquake hazards, Ancient compressive structures and crustal rheology on Mars and Mercury

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Teaching

courses taught

  • GEOL 4721 Field Methods in Active Tectonics (Spring 2019)
  • GEOL 5844 Independent Study-Structure/Tectonics (Spring 2019)
  • GEOL 6940 Master's Degree Candidate (Spring 2019)
  • GEOL 6950 Master's Thesis (Spring 2019)
  • GEOL 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Spring 2019)
  • GEOL 4712 Structural Field Geology (Fall 2018)
  • GEOL 4844 Independent Study-Structure/Tectonics (Fall 2018)
  • GEOL 5700 Geological Topics Seminar (Fall 2018)
  • GEOL 5844 Independent Study-Structure/Tectonics (Fall 2018)
  • GEOL 6940 Master's Degree Candidate (Fall 2018)
  • GEOL 6950 Master's Thesis (Fall 2018)
  • GEOL 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Fall 2018)
  • GEOL 6940 Master's Degree Candidate (Summer 2018)
  • GEOL 6950 Master's Thesis (Summer 2018)
  • GEOL 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Summer 2018)
  • GEOL 4721 Field Methods in Active Tectonics (Spring 2018)
  • GEOL 5844 Independent Study-Structure/Tectonics (Spring 2018)
  • GEOL 6940 Master's Degree Candidate (Spring 2018)
  • GEOL 6950 Master's Thesis (Spring 2018)
  • GEOL 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Spring 2018)

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