Eric C Cowgill

Keywords Earth and Planetary Sciences , Geology ,

Country: United States

Organization:University of California

Department: Department of Earth & Planetary Science


Eric S. Cowgill

Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles (2001)
Structural Geology and TectonicsEarth-Surface Processes

Structural geology and tectonics; primarily interested in understanding regional deformation within active continental collision zones. Emphasis on the evolution of orogen-scale fault systems and their interactions. Current projects include determining the regional kinematics of active deformation within the Arabia-Eurasia collision zone and the tectonic evolution of the northern Tibetan Plateau.
(530) 754-6574

UC Davis W.M. Keck Center for Active Visualization in the Earth Sciences

Recent Publications

Gold, PO, ME Oskin, AJ Elliott, A Hinojosa-Corona, MH Taylor, O Kreylos, ES Cowgill (2013) Coseismic slip variation assessed from terrestrial lidar scans of the El Mayor-Cucapah surface rupture. EARTH AND PLANETARY SCIENCE LETTERS. 366(3013):151-162. DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2013.01.040

Cowgill, E, TS Bernardin, ME Oskin, C Bowles, MB Yıkılmaz, O Kreylos, AJ Elliott, S Bishop, RD Gold, A Morelan, GW Bawden, B Hamann and LH Kellogg (2012) Interactive terrain visualization enables virtual field work during rapid scientific response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake. GEOSPHERE. 8(4):787-804. DOI: 10.1130/GES00687.1

Gold, PO, E Cowgill, O Kreylos and RD Gold (2012) A terrestrial lidar-based workflow for determining three-dimensional slip vectors and associated uncertainties. GEOSPHERE. 8(2):431-442. DOI: 10.1130/GES00714.1



Mumladze T., Forte A., Cowgill E., et al. (2015) Subducted, detached, and torn slabs beneath the Greater Caucasus. GeoResJ, vol: 5, 36–46

Forte A., Cowgill E., (2015) Drainage network reveals patterns and history of active deformation in the eastern Greater Caucasus . Geosphere, vol: 11, 1343-1364

Forte A., Cowgill E., (2010) Late Cenozoic deformation of the Kura fold-thrust belt, southern Greater Caucasus. Geological Society of America Bulletin, vol: 122(3), 465-486

Forte A., Cowgill E., (2014) Transition from a singly- to doubly-vergent wedge in a young orogen: The Greater Caucasus. Tectonics,

Forte A., Cowgill E., (2013) Structural geometries and magnitude of shortening in the eastern Kura fold-thrust belt, Azerbaijan: Implications for the development of the Greater Caucasus Mountains. Tectonics, vol: 32, 688–717

Cowgill E., Forte A., et al. (2016) Relict basin closure and crustal shortening budgets during continental collision: An example from Caucasus sediment provenance. Tectonics, vol: 35, 2918-2947

Sokhadze G., Cowgill E., et al. (2018) Active convergence between the Lesser and Greater Caucasus in Georgia: Constraints on the tectonic evolution of the Lesser–Greater Caucasus continental collision. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, vol: 481, 154–161

Cowgill E., Forte A., Elashvili M., et al. (2012) Orogen-scale structural architecture and potential seismic sources resulting from Cenozoic closure of a relict Mesozoic ocean basin in the Greater Caucasus. AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts,

Boichenko G., Cowgill E., Godoladze T., Sukhishvili L., et al. (2016) A paleoseismic investigation of a frontal foreland thrust in the Greater Caucasus. AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts,