Laura Webb

Laura Webb

Laura Webb Associate Professor

  • Ph.D., Stanford University, 1999
  • C.V.
Area of expertise

Tectonics and Thermochronology

Contact Information
Email: Laura Webb
Phone: (802) 656--8136

Office Hours: by appointment
Delehanty Hall, Room 217

Website: Laura's website

Teaching and Research

I am a field-oriented geologist that employs tools of structural geology, petrology and thermochronology to investigate rates and mechanisms of tectonic processes. My current collaborations include the study of the strike-slip history of the East Gobi Fault Zone in southeastern Mongolia where we are evaluating the timing and kinematics of intraplate deformation and basin formation in southeastern Mongolia. The results of this research are relevant to testing end-member models of continental block extrusion and continuum shortening during Asia’s history of collisions from Mesozoic–Recent. I am also active in a collaborative research project in eastern Papua New Guinea where we are evaluating the exhumation of world’s youngest known ultrahigh-pressure terrane in the context of the larger scale Australian–Pacific plate boundary evolution.

I teach courses in geochronology, petrology, microstructural analysis and tectonics. In the classroom and in practice, my students and I integrate analytical data with observations made at microscopic to continental scales to try and understand how rocks and regions evolve in space and time and the tectonic processes that shape them.

Selected Publications

Webb, L.E., Baldwin, S.L. and Fitzgerald, P.G., 2014, The Early–Middle Miocene subduction complex of the Louisiade Archipelago, southern margin of the Woodlark Rift. Geophysics, Geochemistry, Geosystems, doi: 10.1002/2014GC005500.

Baldwin, S.L., Fitzgerald, P.G., and Webb, L.E., 2012, Tectonics of the New Guinea region, Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences, v. 40, p. 495-520, doi: 10.1146/annurev-earth-040809-15254.

Webb, L.E., Johnson, C.L., and Minjin, C., 2010, Late Triassic sinistral shear in the East Gobi Fault Zone, Mongolia, Tectonophysics, v. 495, p. 246-255, doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2010.09.033.

Webb, L.E., Baldwin, S.L., Little, T.A., and Fitzgerald, P.G., 2008, Can microplate rotation drive subduction inversion? Geology, v. 36, p. 823–826.

Webb, L.E., and Johnson, C.L., 2006, Tertiary strike-slip faulting in southeastern Mongolia and implications for Asian tectonics, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 241, p. 323–335.


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