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Allen, Joseph
Chair, Department of Physical Sciences/Professor-Geology
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Division of Science, Mathematics & Health
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Joe Allen completed a B.S. degree in geological sciences from Michigan State University (1988), an M.S. degree in geology from East Carolina University (1990), and a Ph.D. in geological sciences from the University of Kentucky (1994). He completed postdoctoral research in structural geology at the University of Tennessee, and is currently Professor of Geology at Concord University, and Chairman of the Division of Science, Mathematics & Health.

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  • Ph.D. University of Kentucky (1994)
  • M.S. East Carolina University (1990)
  • B.S. Michigan State University (1988)
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My research interests are in structural geology and focus on understanding the origin, evolution, and dynamics of seismicity preserved in exhumed basement faults. This is primarily accomplished through integrated field and microstructural study of the products of frictional melting and progressive wear generated by earthquake rupture and interseismic creep. Related interests include coupled basement-cover deformation in multiply reactivated fault zones and the nature of incompetence. Current field research focuses on Proterozoic shear zones and Paleozoic–Laramide faults in the Colorado Rockies, and pseudotachylytes rooted in the Paleoproterozoic Nagssugtoquidian orogen in SW Greenland.

Selected Publications ( see CV for complete list http://academics.concord.edu/allenj/ ):

Allen, J.L., and Shaw, C.A., 2013, Seismogenic fault-zone processes and heterogeneity recorded by pseudotachylyte: New insights from the Homestake shear zone, Colorado, in, Abbott, L.D., and Hancock, G.S., eds., Exploring 125 Years of GSA Discoveries in the Rocky Mountain Region: Geological Society of America Field Guide 33, in press.

Jones, J.V. III, Shaw, C.A., Allen, J.L., and Housh, T., 2013, U-Pb zircon age constraints on two episodes of Paleoproterozoic magmatism and development of the Grizzly Creek shear zone, White River uplift, western Colorado, U.S.A.: Rocky Mountain Geology, v. 48, no. 1, p. 15–39.

Lee, P.E., Jessup, M.J., Shaw, C.A., Hicks, G.L., and Allen, J.L., 2012, Strain partitioning in the mid-crust of a transpressional shear zone system: Insights from the Homestake and Slide Lake shear zones, central Colorado: Journal of Structural Geology, v. 39, p. 237–252.

Matchen, D.L., Allen, J.L., Peck, R.C., and Mercier, D., 2011, Bedrock geologic map of the Bluestone National Scenic River, Flat Top and Pipestem 7.5’ quadrangles, West Virginia: West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey, Publication OF-1101, Scale 1:24,000, 1 plate.

Allen, J.L., and Shaw, C.A., 2011, Seismogenic structure of a crystalline thrust fault: Fabric anisotropy and coeval pseudotachylyte-mylonitic pseudotachylyte in the Grizzly Creek shear zone, Colorado, in, Fagereng, Å., Toy, V.G., and Rowland, J., eds., Geology of the Earthquake Source: A Volume in Honour of Rick Sibson: Geological Society, London, Special Publication 359, p. 135–151.

Allen, J, and Crick, D., 2010, Using undergraduate research to improve infrastructure: Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly, v. 31, no. 1, p. 31.

Kirkham, R.M., Streufert, R.K., Cappa, J.A., Shaw, C.A., Allen, J.L., and Jones, J.V. III, 2008, Geologic map of the Glenwood Springs quadrangle, Garfield County, Colorado: Colorado Geological Survey Map Series 38, scale 1:24,000, 1 plate, 32 pp.

Allen, J.L., and Shaw, C.A., 2008, Proterozoic geology and Phanerozoic reactivation of the newly recognized Grizzly Creek shear zone, Glenwood Canyon, Colorado, in, Raynolds, R.G., ed., Roaming the Rocky Mountains and Environs: Geological Field Trips: Geological Society of America Field Guide 10, p. 45–61.

Shaw, C.A., and Allen, J.L., 2007, Field rheology and structural evolution of the Homestake shear zone, Colorado: Rocky Mountain Geology, v. 42, no. 1, p. 31–56.

Allen, J.L., 2005, A multi-kilometer pseudotachylyte system as an exhumed record of earthquake rupture geometry at hypocentral depths (Colorado, USA): Tectonophysics, v. 402, no. 1–4, p. 37–54.

Allen, J.L., 2004, Timing, style, and significance of Cambrian through Laramide brittle reactivation along the Proterozoic Homestake shear zone, Colorado mineral belt: Rocky Mountain Geology, v. 39, no. 2, p. 65–84.

Myrow, P.M., Taylor, J.F., Miller, J.F., Ethington, R.L., Ripperdan, R.L., and Allen, J.L., 2003, Fallen arches: Dispelling myths concerning Cambrian and Ordovician paleogeography of the Rocky Mountain region: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 115, no. 6, p. 695–713.

Allen, J.L., O'Hara, K.D., and Moecher, D.P., 2002, Structural geometry and thermal history of pseudotachylyte from the Homestake shear zone, Sawatch Range, Colorado, in, Lageson, D., ed., Science at the Highest Level: Geological Society of America Field Guide 3, p. 17–32.

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