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Richard O. Lease

Title: Research Geologist
Address: 4210 University Dr., Anchorage, AK 99508-4626
Phone: (907) 786-7169
Fax: (907) 786-7401

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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


Total pubs: 20

Witter, R. C., K. Scharer, C. DuRoss, A. M. Bender, P. J. Haeussler, R. O. Lease, and G. W. Page. 2017. Evidence for Prehistoric Earthquakes on the Southern Fairweather Fault in Trenches across the 1958 Surface Rupture, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska. Seismological Research Letters 88(2B):531. doi:10.1785/0220170035 [Details] [Full Publication]

Bender, A. M., R. O. Lease, L. B. Corbett, and P. R. Bierman. 2017. Transient bedrock incision of the Fortymile River in eastern Alaska and Yukon, Canada: Slow response to Yukon River headwater capture?. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs 49(6).. [Details]

Lease, R. O., P. J. Haeussler, and P. B. O'Sullivan. 2016. Changing exhumation patterns during Cenozoic growth and glaciation of the Alaska Range: Insights from detrital thermochronology and geochronology. Tectonics 35. doi:10.1002/2015TC004067 [Details] [Full Publication]

Lease, R. O., T. A. Ehlers, and E. Enkelmann. 2016. Large along-strike variations in the onset of Subandean exhumation: Implications for Central Andean orogenic growth. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 451:62-76. doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2016.07.004 [Details] [Full Publication]

McGroder, M. F., R. O. Lease, and D. M. Pearson. 2015. Along-strike variation in structural style and hydrocarbon occurrences, Subandean fold-thrust belt and inner foreland, Colombia to Argentina. Pages 79-113 in DeCelles, P. G., Ducea, M. N., Carrapa, B., and Kapp, P. A., (eds.). Geodynamics of a Cordilleran Orogenic System: The Central Andes of Argentina and Northern Chile. Geological Society of America Memoir 212 doi:10.1130/2015.1212(05) [Details] [Full Publication]

Lease, R. O. 2014. Cenozoic mountain-building on the northeastern Tibetan Plateau. In Nie, J., Horton, B. K., and Hoke, G. D., (eds.). Towards an improved understanding of uplift mechanisms and the elevation history of the Tibetan Plateau. Geological Society of America Special Paper 507 doi:10.1130/2014.2507(06) [Details] [Full Publication]

Hough, B., C. N. Garzione, Z. C. Wang, and R. O. Lease. 2014. Timing and spatial patterns of basin segmentation and climate change in NE Tibet. In Nie, J., Horton, B. K., and Hoke, G. D., (eds.). Towards an improved understanding of uplift mechanisms and the elevation history of the Tibetan Plateau. Geological Society of America Special Paper 507 doi:10.1130/2014.2507(07) [Details] [Full Publication]

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 32(5):1432-1453. doi:10.1002/tect.20073 [Details] [Full Publication]

Liu, J., P. Z. Zhang, R. O. Lease, D. Zhang, J. Wan, W. Wang, and H. P. Zhang. 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 584:281-296. doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2012.01.025 [Details] [Full Publication]

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 [Details] [Full Publication]

Yuan, D. Y., W. P. Ge, Z. W. Chen, C. Y. Li, Z. C. Wang, H. P. Zhang, P. Z. Zhang, D. W. Zheng, W. J. Zheng, W. H. Craddock, K. E. Dayem, A. R. Duvall, B. G. Hough, R. O. Lease, J. D. Champagnac, D. W. Burbank, M. K. Clark, K. A. Farley, C. N. Garzione, E. Kirby, P. H. Molnar, and G. H. Roe. 2013. The growth of northeastern Tibet and its relevance to large-scale continental geodynamics: A review of recent studies. Tectonics 32(5):1358-1370. doi:10.1002/tect.20081 [Details] [Full Publication]

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

Lease, R. O., D. W. Burbank, B. Hough, Z. C. Wang, and D. Y. Yuan. 2012a. Pulsed Miocene range growth in northeastern Tibet: Insights from Xunhua basin magnetostratigraphy and provenance. Journal of Geology 124(5-6):657-677. doi:10.1130/B30524.1 [Details] [Full Publication]

Wang, Z. C., P. Z. Zhang, C. N. Garzione, R. O. Lease, G. Zhang, D. W. Zheng, B. Hough, D. Y. Yuan, C. Li, J. Liu, and Q. Wu. 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 44:189-202. doi:10.1016/j.jseaes.2011.06.009 [Details] [Full Publication]

Zhang, H. P., W. H. Craddock, R. O. Lease, W. Wang, D. Y. Yuan, P. Z. Zhang, P. H. Molnar, D. W. Zheng, and W. J. Zheng. 2012. Magnetostratigraphy of the Neogene Chaka basin and its implications for mountain building processes in the northeastern Tibetan Plateau. Basin Research 24(1):31-50. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2117.2011.00512.x [Details] [Full Publication]

Hough, B., C. N. Garzione, Z. C. Wang, R. O. Lease, D. W. Burbank, and D. Y. Yuan. 2011. Stable isotope evidence for topographic growth and basin segmentation: Implications for the evolution of the NE Tibetan plateau. Geological Society of America Bulletin 123(1-2):168-185. doi:10.1130/B30090.1 [Details] [Full Publication]

Lease, R. O., D. W. Burbank, M. K. Clark, K. A. Farley, D. W. Zheng, and H. P. Zhang. 2011. Middle Miocene reorganization of deformation along the northeastern Tibetan Plateau. Geology 39(4):359-362. doi:10.1130/G31356.1 [Details] [Full Publication]

Lease, R. O., N. McQuarrie, M. E. Oskin, and A. Leier. 2009. Quantifying Dextral Shear on the Bristol-Granite Mountains Fault Zone: Successful Geologic Prediction from Kinematic Compatibility of the Eastern California Shear Zone. Journal of Geology 117(1):37-53. doi:10.1086/593320 [Details] [Full Publication]

Lease, R. O., D. W. Burbank, G. E. Gehrels, Z. C. Wang, and D. Y. Yuan. 2007. Signatures of mountain building: Detrital zircon U-Pb ages from northeast Tibet. Geology 35(3):239-242. doi:10.1130/G23057A.1 [Details] [Full Publication]

van der Vink, G. E., S. Q. Andrews, L. K. Bilir, R. O. Lease, L. Newman-Wise, M. K. Prat, and A. M. Prescott. 2005. The Increasing Costs of U.S. Natural Disasters. Geotimes. Retrieved from [Details] [Full Publication]

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