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Molnar, Peter Hale Distinguished Professor

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Research

research overview

  • My research addresses how mountain ranges are built and how they and other larger-scale crustal movements affect climate on geological time scales. For the first, my focus is largely on high terrain in Asia (Himalaya, Tibet, Tien Shan, etc.) but also smaller features like the Southern Alps of New Zealand. For the second, two questions motivate me: (1) how the growth of the Tibetan Plateau has affected global regional climate like the Indian monsoon, and (2) processes like the closing of the Indonesian Seaway and growth of islands there may have transformed an equable global climate to one with recurring ice ages ~3 million years ago.

keywords

  • Mountain ranges, high plateaus, crustal structure, upper mantle structure, seismic anisotropy, plate tectonics, active faulting, earthquakes, GPS geodesy, Quaternary geology, geophysical fluid mechanics, Rayleigh-Taylor instability, non-Newtonian viscosity, paleoclimate, paleoceanography, stable isotopes, El Nino, ice ages, monsoons,Great American Biotic Interchange

Publications

selected publications

Teaching

courses taught

  • GEOL 6950 Master's Thesis (Spring 2019)
  • GEOL 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Spring 2019)
  • FYSM 1000 First Year Seminar (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 6950 Master's Thesis (Spring 2018)
  • GEOL 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Spring 2018)

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