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Richard O. Lease

Title: Research Geologist
Address: 4210 University Dr., Anchorage, AK 99508-4626
Phone: (907) 786-7169
Fax: (907) 786-7150

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Education and/or Training

PhD2010University of California, Santa Barbara, CAGeology
A.B.2005Princeton University, Princeton, NJGeosciences

Areas of Specialization and/or Research Interests

Orogen-scale interactions between tectonics, climate, and geodynamics; kinematic and physiographic evolution of mountain ranges; structural and stratigraphic evolution of fold-and-thrust belts and foreland basins; paleotopography; thermochronology; magnetostratigraphy; basin analysis; tectonic geomorphology

Professional Experience

2012 - PresentResearch Geologist, USGS Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska
2011 - 2012Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Tuebingen, Germany

Professional Activities and/or Memberships

American Geophysical Union
Geological Society of America

Significant Recent Publications

Lease, R. O. and T. A. Ehlers. 2013. Incision into the eastern Andean Plateau during Pliocene cooling. Science 341(6147):774-776. doi:10.1126/science.1239132

Eichelberger, N., N. McQuarrie, T. A. Ehlers, E. Enkelmann, J. B. Barnes, and R. O. Lease. 2013. New constraints on the chronology, magnitude, and distribution of deformation within the central Andean orocline. Tectonics. doi: 10.1002/tect.20073

Hough, B., Garzione, C., Wang, Z., and Lease, R.O., in press, Timing and spatial patterns of basin segmentation in NE Tibet, in Horton, B. K., Hoke, G. D., and Nie, J. eds, Towards an improved understanding of uplift mechanisms and the elevation history of the Tibetan Plateau, Geological Society of America Special Paper.

Lease, R.O., in press, Cenozoic mountain-building on the northeastern Tibetan Plateau, in Horton, B. K., Hoke, G. D., and Nie, J. eds, Towards an improved understanding of uplift mechanisms and the elevation history of the Tibetan Plateau, Geological Society of America Special Paper.

McGroder, M.F., Lease, R.O., and Pearson, D.M., in revision, Along-strike variation in structural style and hydrocarbon occurrences, Subandean fold-thrust belt and inner foreland, Colombia to Argentina, Geological Society of America Memoir.

Yuan, D.Y., Ge, W.P., Chen, Z.W., Li, C.Y., Wang Z.C., Zhang, H.P., Zhang, P.Z., Zheng, D.W., Zheng, W.J., Craddock, W.H., Dayem, K.E., Duvall, A.R., Hough, B.G., Lease, R.O., Champagnac, J.D., Burbank, D.W., Clark, M.K., Farley, K.A., Garzione, C.N., Kirby, E., Molnar, P.H., and Roe, G.H., in revision, The growth of northeastern Tibet and its relevance to large-scale continental geodynamics: A review of recent studies, Tectonics.

Liu, J., Zhang, P., Lease, R.O., Zheng, D., Wan, J., Wang, W., and Zhang, H., 2013, Eocene onset and late Miocene acceleration of Cenozoic intracontinental extension in the North Qinling range-Weihe graben: insights from apatite fission track thermochronology, Tectonophysics, v. 584, p. 281-296, doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2012.01.025

Wang, Z., Zhang, P., Garzione, C., Lease, R.O., Zhang, G., Zheng, D., Hough, B., Yuan, D., Li, C., Liu, J., and Wu, Q., 2012, Magnetostratigraphy and depositional history of the Miocene Wushan basin on the NE margin of the Tibetan Plateau, China: Implications for middle Miocene tectonics of the West Qinling fault zone, Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, v. 44, p. 189-202, doi: 10.1016/j.jseaes.2011.06.009

Zhang, H., Craddock, W.H., Lease, R.O., Wang, W., Yuan, D., Zhang, P., Molnar, P., Zheng, D., and Zheng, W., 2012, Magnetostratigraphy of the Neogene Chaka basin and its implications for mountain building processes in the northeastern Tibetan Plateau, Basin Research, v. 24, no. 1, p. 31-50, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2117.2011.00512.x

Lease, R.O., Burbank, D.W., Hough, B., Wang, Z., and Yuan, D., 2012a, Pulsed Miocene range growth in northeastern Tibet: Insights from Xunhua basin magnetostratigraphy and provenance, Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 124, no. 5-6, p. 657-677, doi: 10.1130/B30524.1

Lease, R.O., Burbank, D.W., Zhang, H., and Liu, J., 2012b, Cenozoic shortening budget for the northeastern edge of the Tibetan Plateau: Is lower crustal flow necessary?, Tectonics, v. 31, TC3011, doi: 10.1029/2011TC003066

Hough, B., Garzione, C., Wang, Z., Lease, R.O., Burbank, D., Yuan, D., 2011, Stable isotope evidence for topographic growth and basin segmentation: Implications for the evolution of the NE Tibetan plateau, Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 123, no. 1-2, p. 168-185, doi: 10.1130/B30090.1

Lease, R.O., Burbank, D.W., Clark, M.K., Farley, K.A., Zheng, D., and Zhang, H., 2011, Middle Miocene reorganization of deformation along the northeastern Tibetan Plateau, Geology, v. 39, no. 4, p.359-362, doi: 10.1130/G31356.1

Lease, R.O., McQuarrie, N., Oskin, M.E., Leier, A., 2009, Dextral shear on the Bristol-Granite mountains fault zone: Successful geologic prediction from kinematic compatability of the eastern California shear zone, Journal of Geology, v.117, no.1, p.37-53, doi: 10.1086/593320

Lease, R.O., Burbank, D.W., Gehrels, G.E., Wang, Z., and Yuan, D., 2007, Signatures of mountain building: Detrital zircon U-Pb ages from northeast Tibet, Geology, v. 35, no. 3, p. 239-242, doi: 10.1130/G23057A.1

van der Vink, G.E., Andrews, S.Q., Bilir, L.K., Lease, R.O., Newman-Wise, L., Prat, M.K., and Prescott, A.M., 2005, The Increasing Costs of U.S. Natural Disasters: Geotimes, November 2005.

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