Noel Bartlow

Assistant Professor
Primary office:
Ritchie Hall
University of Kansas
1414 Naismith Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045


Dr. Bartlow joined the University of Kansas in 2020.  Her research focuses on the mechanics of earthquakes and fault slip with a special interest in subduction zones.  She uses techniques from geodesy, especially Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and strainmeters, to study and interpret the behavior of earthquake producing faults. 


Ph.D. Geophysics, Stanford University, 2013

B.S. Physics, Carnegie Mellon University, 2007

Teaching Interests

  • Geophysics
  • Crustal Deformation
  • Inverse Theory
  • Natural Hazards

Research Interests

  • Geodesy
  • Slow slip Events (Slow Earthquakes)
  • Subduction Zones
  • Fault Mechanics

Selected Publications

Walton, M. A. L.,  Staisch, L., Dura, T,  Pearl, J.K., Sherrod, B., Gomberg, J., Engelhart, S., Tréhu, A., Watt, J., Perkins, J., Witter, R.C., Bartlow, N., Goldfinger, C., Kelsey, H., Morey, A., Sahakian, V., Tobin, H., Wang, K., Wells, R., & Wirth, E. (submitted).  Toward an integrative geological and geophysical view of Cascadia subduction zone earthquakes. Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences.

Shaddox, H., Schwartz., S., & Bartlow, N. (submitted). Triggered and Spontaneous Slow Slip Transients on the Anza Segment of the San Jacinto Fault Zone, Southern California.  Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth.

Bartlow, N. M. (2020). A Long‐Term View of Episodic Tremor and Slip in Cascadia. Geophysical Research Letters47(3), e2019GL085303.

Rousset, B., Fu, Y., Bartlow, N., & Bürgmann, R. (2019). Week-long and year-long slow slip and tectonic tremor episodes on the South Central Alaska Megathrust. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth122, 13-392.

Materna, K., Bartlow, N., Wech, A., Williams, C., & Bürgmann, R. (2019). Dynamically triggered changes of plate interface coupling in Southern Cascadia. Geophysical Research Letters46(22), 12890-12899.

Yohler, R., Bartlow, N., Wallace, L. M., & Williams, C. (2019). Time‐Dependent Behavior of a Near‐Trench Slow‐Slip Event at the Hikurangi Subduction Zone. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems20(8), 4292-4304.

Murray, J. R., Bartlow, N., Bock, Y., Brooks, B. A., Foster, J., Freymueller, J., ... & Mann, D. (2019). Regional Global Navigation Satellite System networks for crustal deformation monitoring. Seismological Research Letters91(2A), 552-572.

Hawthorne, J. C., & Bartlow, N. M. (2018). Observing and modeling the spectrum of a slow slip event. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth123(5), 4243-4265.

Wallace, L. M., Kaneko, Y., Hreinsdóttir, S., Hamling, I., Peng, Z., Bartlow, N., D’Anastasio, E. & Fry, B. (2017). Large-scale dynamic triggering of shallow slow slip enhanced by overlying sedimentary wedge. Nature Geoscience10(10), 765-770.

Wallace, L. M., Bartlow, N., Hamling, I., & Fry, B. (2014). Quake clamps down on slow slip. Geophysical Research Letters41(24), 8840-8846.

Wech, A. G., & Bartlow, N. M. (2014). Slip rate and tremor genesis in Cascadia. Geophysical Research Letters41(2), 392-398.

Bartlow, N. M., Wallace, L. M., Beavan, R. J., Bannister, S., & Segall, P. (2014). Time‐dependent modeling of slow slip events and associated seismicity and tremor at the Hikurangi subduction zone, New Zealand. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth119(1), 734-753.

Bartlow, N. M., Lockner, D. A., & Beeler, N. M. (2012). Laboratory triggering of stick‐slip events by oscillatory loading in the presence of pore fluid with implications for physics of tectonic tremor. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth117(B11).

Bartlow, N. M., Miyazaki, S. I., Bradley, A. M., & Segall, P. (2011). Space‐time correlation of slip and tremor during the 2009 Cascadia slow slip event. Geophysical Research Letters38(18).


Selected Grants


Agency: National Science Foundation Marine Geology and Geophysics

Award: $298,389

Period: 06/01/2020 - 05/31/2024

Collaborator: Mark Zumberge, UC San Diego

Project Title: Collaborative Research: Deployment of Seafloor Optical Fiber Strainmeters

for the Detection of Slow Slip Events


Agency: U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Hazards External Grants Program

Award: $51,347

Period: 01/01/2020 - 12/31/2020

Collaborator: Kaj Johnson, Indiana University

Project Title: Bridging the Gap between Locking and ETS in Cascadia using Geodetic Data and Viscoelastic Models: Collaborative Research with Indiana University and University of California - Berkeley



Agency: National Science Foundation GeoPRISMS #1551929

Award: $243,504

Period: 04/01/16 - 03/31/20

Collaborator: Laura Wallace, University of Texas Institute for Geophysics

Project Title: Collaborative Research: Improving models of interseismic locking and slow slip events in Cascadia and New Zealand (with Laura Wallace, University of Texas)


Agency: Southern California Earthquake Center

Award: $30,000

Period: 10/01/2018 - 09/30/2019

Collaborator: Susan Schwartz, UC Santa Cruz

Project Title: 2017 Southern California Earthquake Center proposal: Searching for Transient Aseismic Slip Events on the San Jacinto Fault


Agency: University of Missouri Research Board

Award: $24,000

Period: 06/01/2017 - 05/31/2018

Project Title: Using strain data to study Episodic Tremor and Slip


Selected Awards & Honors

NSF Graduate Research Fellow 2010 - 2013

Gabilan Stanford Graduate Fellow 2009 - 2013

NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes fellowship, New Zealand 2012

Outstanding Student Paper Award, Seismology section, AGU fall meeting 2010

Mellon College of Science Research Honors, Carnegie Mellon University 2007

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Upcoming Colloquium


2/25/21: Dr. Katherine Ryker, Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina

3/25/21: Dr. Jonathan Payne, Professor, Geological Science, Stanford University, Stanford, California.

4/8/21: Dr. Peter Burgess, Professor of Sedimentary Geology and Head of Earth Sciences, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom.

4/29/21: Dr. Hildegard Westphal, Professor, Geoecology & Carbonate Sedimentology and Director of the Center for Marine Environmental Science, Bremen University, Bremen, Germany.

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