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Spatial distributions of crustal deformation and fault zone morphology divulge the behavior and evolution of fault zones on timescales ranging from seconds to millions of years.

STGL members study how landforms reflect the rates and modes of erosive processes over time, ranging from tectonically active mountain belts to quiescent regions responding to base-level adjustment.

We know that natural hazards impact people and human enterprises.  But how do we get individuals to take action to protect themselves?  Members of our group have studied what causes people to prepare for large earthquakes, and how to communicate with them in ways that motivate them to act.


In the Stanford Tectonic Geomorphology Lab our research centers on exploring interactions between tectonic, geomorphic, and geochemical processes at scales ranging from individual landforms to entire mountain belts. Check out our research page for more information.

Prospective Students

Interested in becoming a part of the STGL? Contact us at and see the Geological Sciences graduate admissions page for further information.

Recent Publications

Encouraging Earthquake-Resistant Construction: A Randomized Controlled Trial in Nepal

Sanquini, Anne M., Sundar M. Thapaliya, Michele M. Wood, Michael Baiocchi, and George E. Hilley. 2016. “Encouraging Earthquake-Resistant Construction: A Randomized Controlled Trial in Nepal.” EARTHQUAKE SPECTRA 32 (4). EARTHQUAKE ENGINEERING RESEARCH INST: 1975–88.

DOI: 10.1193/102015EQS156M

Benchmarking analogue models of brittle thrust wedges

Schreurs, Guido, Susanne JH Buiter, Jennifer Boutelier, Caroline Burberry, Jean-Paul Callot, et al. 2016. “Benchmarking Analogue Models of Brittle Thrust Wedges.” JOURNAL OF STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY 92. PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD: 116–39.

DOI: 10.1016/j.jsg.2016.03.005

Rate-weakening friction characterizes both slow sliding and catastrophic failure of landslides

Handwerger, Alexander L., Alan W. Rempel, Rob M. Skarbek, Joshua J. Roering, and George E. Hilley. 2016. “Rate-Weakening Friction Characterizes Both Slow Sliding and Catastrophic Failure of Landslides.” PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 113 (37). NATL ACAD SCIENCES: 10281–86.

DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1607009113