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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: gary.axen at

PhD, Harvard University


I am a structural geologist with broad interests in orogenesis, fault mechanics, rock deformation and subsurface interpretation.  My research has included projects in the U.S., Mexico, the European Alps and Iran, with emphases on extensional tectonics, continental collision and both transpression and transtension.



At NMT I teach Structural Geology (ERTH 453), Processes in the Earth's Crust (ERTH 203), Metamorphic Petrology (ERTH 380, no longer--see Chloe Bonamici's page), Field Methods in Earth Science (aka Field Camp, ERTH 480/483), Mechanics of Earthquakes and Faulting (GEOL/GEOP 558), and various specialty graduate courses/seminars.  In coming years I plan to teach a course in Global and North American Tectonics.


Research Interests

My research interests are in fault mechanics, continental tectonics (extensional, convergent, and strike-slip), shear-zone evolution, and thermochronology.  Research into fault mechanics focuses on low-angle normal faults. Past tectonic projects focus on the complex 3-D evolution of oblique rifting and collision. I have served on many graduate student committees in geology, tectonics, petroleum systems, earthquake seismology, hydrology, numerical and analog geodynamic modeling, and economic geology.

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.


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