Department of Geology and Geophysics, Yale University
P.O. Box 208109,
New Haven, CT 06520-8109
Phone 203-432-3135; Fax 203-432-3134

• Tectonic and geomorphic evolution of convergent plate boundaries, including western   North America, Kamchatka, New Zealand, Crete, and Apennines
• Low-temperature deformational processes including faulting and pressure solution
• Exhumation processes, including erosion and tectonic thinning


• U.C. Santa Cruz, Earth Sciences, B.Sc., 1975
• University of Washington, Geological Sciences, M.Sc., 1980; Ph.D., 1984
• Pacific Geoscience Centre, Canada, NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship, LITHOPROBE, 1984-1986


• 2002-pres.    Full Professor, Yale University
• 1996-2001    Associate Professor without term (tenured), Yale University
• 1991-1996    Associate Professor on term, Yale University
• 1986-1991    Assistant Professor on term, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

• 48th Kirk Bryan Award of the Geological Society of America, 2006: awarded to David Montgomery and Mark Brandon, in recognition of their paper: Montgomery, D.R., Brandon, M.T., 2002, Topographic controls on erosion rates in tectonically active mountain ranges: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 201, p. 481-489.
• M.A. Privatim Degree, 2002, Yale University
• 44th Kirk Bryan Award of the Geological Society of America, 2002: awarded to Frank Pazzaglia and Mark Brandon, in recognition of their paper: Pazzaglia, F.J., and Brandon, M.T., 2001, A fluvial record of long-term steady-state uplift and erosion across the Cascadia forearc high, western Washington State: American Journal of Science, v. 301, p. 385-431. (click here for Citation and Acceptance Speech)
• Bradner Havana Scholarship, 1981; David A. Johnston Memorial Scholarship, 1981; Livingston Wernecke Memorial Scholarship, 1980


• Fellow of the Geological Society of America; Member of the American Geophysical Union and International Association of Structural/Tectonic Geologists

• Panel member, National Science Foundation Continental Dynamics Panel, 2006-2009
• Co-editor for Geological Society of America Penrose Series Special Publication, on “Tectonics, Climate, and Landscape Evolution”, published in 2006
• Rapporteur on jury for Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches for Peter van der Beek, Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France, “L’érosion à long terme et l’évolution du relief continental : modélisations numériques et données contraignantes”, Dec 1, 2003.
• GeoEd Advisory Committee, 2003-2004. Study of teaching methods in structural geology
• NSF Committee, New Departures in Structural Geology, 2002-2003
• Co-convener for Penrose Conference in Taiwan on “Tectonics, Climate and Landscape Evolution”, January 13-17, 2003
• Review committee of the Tectonics Program at NSF, 2002
• External reviewer for Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) Collaborative Research Project, proposed for a group of institutions in the Berlin and Postdam area to focus on “Deformation Processes in the Andes Berlin, June, 2001, and October, 2003
• Co-Editor, Geological Society of London Special Publication “Exhumation Processes: Normal Faulting, Ductile Flow, and Erosion”, printed in August, 1999
• Outside Examiner on Ph.D. Committee, Mr. Carlo Sanders, Vrije Universiteit, Netherlands, September, 1998
• Panel member, National Science Foundation, Tectonics Panel, March, 1995; January, 1996-December, 1997.
• Co-convener of Penrose Conference on ‘Exhumation Processes: Normal Faulting, Ductile Flow, and Erosion’, Island of Crete, October, 1996
• NSF Active Tectonics Initiative, Steering Committee, 1994; Coordinating committee, 1995-1996
• Co-editor “Application of Strain: From Microstructure to Orogenic Belts”, Journal of Structural Geology, January, 1994
• Co-convener for Penrose Conference on “Application of Strain: From Microstructure to Orogenic Belts”, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Sept. 9-13, 1992
• MARGINS Initiative National Research Council; Co-Chair, 1989-90


• Associate Editor, American Journal of Science, 1995 to present
• Associate Editor, Geological Society of America Bulletin, 1996-1998, 1999-2001
• Editorial board for Geology, 1987-1989, 1993-1995, 1999-2001

• Director of Postdoctoral Affairs, Dept. of Geology and Geophysics, 2008-2009
• Yale Teaching and the Learning Portal Committee, 2005-2010
• Faculty leader for Association of Yale Alumni trip, “Greenland and the Canadian Arctic”, July 23 to August 5, 2004
• Co-director of Science 198 “Perspectives on Sciences”, September, 1999-May, 2001
• Organized and lead Departmental field trips: Newfoundland, Canada, 1989; California, 1993; European Alps, 1996; Italy, 1998; Greece, 2000; SW United States, 2002
• Director of Graduate Studies, Dept. of Geology and Geophysics, September 1997 to July 1999
• University Committee on Information Technology, September 1997 to June 1998
• Faculty leader for Association of Yale Alumni trip, “Circumnavigation of southern South America”, February 15-28, 1996
• Faculty leader for Association of Yale Alumni trip, “Heli-Hiking in the Canadian Rockies”, July 25-August 1, 1992.
• Coordinator for Mellon Senior Forum at Morse College, September, 1992-1995, 1997 to 1998
• Committee on Teaching in the Residential Colleges, January, 1992-1995
• Executive Fellow and Resident Fellow, Morse College, 1987-1992