Geological Society of America

 Structural Geology & Tectonics Division


Outstanding Publication Award (Nomination deadline -- March 1, 2016):



Please consider nominations for the 2016 Division Outstanding Publication Award. This award is given annually for a published work (paper, book, or map) of exceptional distinction that clearly advances the science of structural geology or tectonics.  The Outstanding Publication Award is not limited to members of the Division or the Society, and awardees may be single or multiple authors, with no restrictions as to nationality, citizenship, publisher or publishing agency.  The award may not be given posthumously unless the decision to give the award is made before the death of the awardee(s).  A list of past awardees is provided below.


The nomination process is simple, quick, and enjoyable. The award is important because it serves to recognize exceptional science and creativity while also inspiring others. Participation in the process offers you a chance to revisit and reflect on publications that have had a major impact on your work and (or) teaching.


Please take a few moments to make a short list of exceptional publications. Return to your list and reread your favorites. As you review these favorites, jot down a few notes. Finally, choose one to nominate and write a nomination that supports your choice. Some questions to consider:

• Why is the publication exceptional?

• How has the contribution changed your work?

• What are specific advances made by the publication?

• How might the work have influenced the work of others?


Nominations include:

(1) A full citation.

(2) Nomination (as short as a paragraph; letters or reviews may also be included).

(3) Name and address of nominator.


Mail or e-mail nominations (or questions) to:

  Juliet Crider, Chair - Outstanding Publication Award Committee

  Department of Earth & Space Sciences

  University of Washington

  4000 15th Avenue NE

  Seattle, WA  98195-1310  USA
  Phone: (206) 543-8715

New award plaque initiated in 2010: 8x10 inch solid aluminum


Previous Awardees:

2016: Rowe, C.D., & Griffith, W.A. (2015) Do faults preserve a record of seismic slip: A second opinion. Journal of Structural Geology 78, 1–26. doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2015.06.006.

Stübner, K., Ratschbacher, L., Rutte, D., Stanek, K., Minaev, V., Weisinger, M., Gloaguen, R., & Project TIPAGE members (2013) The giant Shakhdara migmatitic gneiss dome, Pamir, India-Asia collision zone: 1. Geometry and kinematics.  Tectonics 32, 948-979.


Stübner, K., Ratschbacher, L., Weise C., Chow, J., Hofmann, J., Khan, J., Rutte, D., Sperner, B., Pfänder, J.A., Hacker, B.R., Dunkl, I., Tichomirowa, M., Stearns, M.A., & Project TIPAGE members (2013) The giant Shakhdara migmatitic gneiss dome, Pamir, India-Asia collision zone: 1. Timing of dome formation.  Tectonics 32, 1-28.  (click here for citation and response)

Tarduno, J.A., Duncan, R.A., Scholl, D.W., Cottrell, R.D., Steinberger, B., Thordarson, T., Kerr, B.C., Neal, C.R., Frey, F.A., Torii, M., & Carvallo, C. (2003) The Emperor Seamounts: Southward motion of the Hawaiian Hotspot plume in Earth’s mantle. Science 301, 1064-1069. (Click here for citation and response)

Hibbard, J.P., van Staal, C.R., Rankin, D.W., & Williams, H. (2006) Lithotectonic Map of the Appalachian Orogen, Canada-United States of America. Geological Survey of Canada, "A" Series Map 2096A, 2 sheets (1:1,500,000), doi: 10.4095/221912. (Click here for citation and responses)


Yule, D., & Sieh, K. (2003) Complexities of the San Andreas fault near San Gorgonio Pass: Implications for large earthquakes. Journal of Geophysical Research 108(B11), 2548. doi:10.1029/2001JB000451. (Click here for citation and responses)


Fossen, H., & Tikoff, B. (1993) The deformation matrix for simultaneous simple shearing, pure shearing and volume change, and its application to transpression-transtension tectonics. Journal of Structural Geology 15, 413-422. (Click here for citation and responses)


Tikoff, B., & Fossen, H. (1993) Simultaneous pure and simple shear; the unifying deformation matrix. Tectonophysics 217, 267-283.


Royden, L.H., Burchfiel, B.C., & van der Hilst, R.D. (2008) The geologic evolution of the Tibetan Plateau. Science 321,1054-1058. (Click here for citation and response)


Atwater, B.F. (1987) Evidence for great Holocene earthquakes along the outer coast of Washington State.  Science 236, 942-944. (Click here for citation and response)


Thomas, W. (1977) Evolution of Appalachian-Ouachita salients and recesses from reentrants and promontories in the continental margin.  American Journal of Science 277, 1233-1278.  (Click here for citation and response)


Pollard, D.D. & Fletcher, R.C (2006) Fundamentals of Structural Geology. New York, Cambridge University Press. 512 p. (Click here for citation and response)


Dixon, T.H, Miller, M., Farina, F., Wang, H. & Johnson, D. (2000) Present-day motion of the Sierra Nevada block and some tectonic implications for the Basin and Range province, North America Cordillera. Tectonics 19, 1-24. (Click here for citation and response)


Co-Awardees (click here for citation):

Beaumont, C., Jamieson, R.A., Nguyen, M.H. & Lee, B. (2001) Himalayan tectonics explained by extrusion of a low-viscosity crustal channel coupled to focused surface denudation. Nature 414, 738-742.

Hodges, K.V., Hurtado J.M. & Whipple, K.X. (2001) Southward extrusion of Tibetan crust and its effect on Himalayan tectonics. Tectonics 20, 799-809.


Atwater, T. & Stock, J. (1998) Pacific-North America plate tectonics of the Neogene southwestern United States - An update.  International Geology Review 40, 375-402.


Lavé, J. & Avouac, J.P. (2000) Active folding of fluvial terraces across the Siwaliks Hills, Himalayas of central Nepal.  Journal of Geophysical Research 105(B3), 5735-5770. (Click here for citation and response)


Catuneanu, O., Beaumont, C. & Waschbusch, P.J. (1997) Interplay of static loads and subduction dynamics in foreland basins: reciprocal stratigraphies and the "missing" peripheral bulge. Geology 25(12), 1087-1090.


Dunlap, W.J., Hirth, G. & Teyssier, C. (1997) Thermomechanical evolution of a ductile duplex. Tectonics 16(6), 983-1000.


Passchier, C.W. & Trouw, R.A.J. (1996) Microtectonics.  289 p. Springer.


Treagus, S. & Lisle, R. (1997) Do principal surfaces of stress and strain always exist. Journal of Structural Geology 19, 997-1010.


Muehlberger, W. (compiler) (1992 & 1996) Tectonic Map of North America. American Association of Petroleum Geologists (two sheets).


Molnar, P., England, P. & Martinod, J. (1993) Mantle dynamics, uplift of the Tibetan Plateau, and the Indian monsoon. Reviews of Geophysics 31, 357-396.


Suppe, J., Chou, G.T. & Hook. S.C. (1992) Rates of folding and faulting determined from growth strata.  In: Thrust Tectonics (edited by K. McClay). Chapman & Hall. London, 105-121.(Click here for citation and response)


Wojtal, S. (1989) Measuring displacement gradients and strain in faulted rock. Journal of Structural Geology 11, 669-678.[awarded in 1996] (Click here for citation and response)


Armijo, R., Tapponnier, P. & Han, T.  (1989) Late Cenozoic right-lateral strike-slip faulting in southern Tibet. Journal of Geophysical Research 94, 2787-2838.


Worrall, D. & Snelson, S.  (1989) Evolution of the northern Gulf of Mexico, with emphasis on Cenozoic growth faulting and the role of salt.  In: The geology of North America - an overview (edited by Balley, A.W. & Palmer, P.). Geological Society of America Decade of North American Geology A, 91-138.


Hoffman, P. (1988) United plates of America, the birth of a craton: early Proterozoic assembly and growth of Laurentia. Annual Reviews of Earth & Planetary Sciences 16, 543-604.


Pavlis, T. (1986) The role of strain heating in the evolution of megathrusts. Journal of Geophysical Research 91, 6522-6534.


Engebretson, D., Cox, A. & Gordon, R. (1985) Relative motion between oceanic and continental plates in the Pacific basin: Geological Society of America Special Paper 206.


Platt, J.P. (1986) Dynamics of orogenic wedges and the uplift of high-pressure metamorphic rocks. Geological Society of America Bulletin 97, 1037-1053.


Simpson, C. & Schmid, S. (1983)  An evaluation of the criteria to deduce the sense of movement in sheared rocks. Geological Society of America Bulletin 94, 1281-1288.


Boyer, S.E. & Elliott, D. (1982) Thrust systems. Bulletin of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists 66, 1196-1230


Davis, D. Suppe, J. & Dahlen, F.A. (1983) The mechanics of fold-and-thrust belts and accretionary wedges.  Journal of Geophysical Research 88, 10087-10101.


Ramsay, J.G. &  Huber, M. (1983) The techniques of modern structural geology: Volume 1: Strain analysis. 307 p.  Academic Press.


Coney, P.J., Jones, D.L. & Monger, J.W.H. (1980) Cordilleran suspect terranes. Nature 288, 329-333.


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