The Active Tectonics and Seafloor Mapping Lab
The lab has it's roots in the Laboratory of Vern Kulm, now retired. His lab began in the mid 1960's. From the 60's to the 90's Vern's lab was a prolific research center of marine geology and geophysics, putting efforts into investigations in Cascadia, South America, and around the world, with over 90 published papers.
Our lab carries on the tradition of marine geology and geophysics research focused on plate boundaries in general, and subduction zones in particular.
In recent years we have focused on the structure and tectonics of Cascadia, the Northern San Andreas Fault, and Sumatra, as well as developing techniques of submarine paleoseismology using both turbidites and slip rates and fault offsets.
We also are engaged in multibeam and sidescan sonar seafloor mapping for multi-use. The lab conducts habitat research on the US west coast in collaboration with state and federal agencies. We are also keenly interested in improving the quality of shipborne data and at the same time reducing the carbon footprint of research vessels.