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Gary Axen
Professor of Geology
Dept. of Earth & Environmental Science
New Mexico Tech
Socorro, NM 87801

Office: MSEC 344
Phone: (575) 835-5178
Fax: (575) 835-6436
Email: gaxen at

PhD, Harvard University


I am new to New Mexico Tech--I moved from UCLA in July, 2005. Tech is a fantastic place to do research because of the breadth of excellent colleagues and analytical facilities. New Mexico is a great place to teach and learn geology because of the broad variety of rock types and long tectonic history. Socorro is a wonderful place to live, with many recreational opportunities, an excellent climate, a quiet lifestyle, and an active local music scene.

Structural Geology (Earth 353); Metamorphic Petrology (Earth 319); Field Methods in Earth Science (Earth 480/482); Mechanics of Earthquakes and Faulting (Geol/Geophys 558).

Research Interests
I am a structural geologist with research interests in fault mechanics, continental tectonics (extensional, convergent, and strike-slip), shear-zone evolution, and thermochronology. My research into fault mechanics focuses on low-angle normal faults. Recent tectonic projects focus on the complex 3-D evolution of oblique rifting and collision. Studies in low-angle normal fault terrains have led to projects to advance thermochronologic methods.

My research, and that of my students, typically includes diverse approaches: geologic mapping, structural/mechanical analysis, sedimentology, metamorphic petrology, geo- and thermochronology, fluid-inclusion analysis, numerical modeling, and paleomagnetism.

Created: ( Tuesday, 19 April 2011 14:39 )
Last Updated: ( Wednesday, 15 April 2015 16:38 )