Dr. Michael Halford Taylor

Michael Taylor
  • Professor

Contact Info

Office Phone:
Department Phone:
Lindley Hall, room #114


Ph.D. in Geology, University of California, Los Angeles, 2004


I am a field geologist. My research focus lies in understanding the processes associated with deformation of the continental lithosphere, and is firmly grounded in the acquisition of field-based observational data. Because orogenic belts span vast areas, remote sensing is also required to fully portray the behavior of an actively deforming mountain range. The integration of field observations, structural analysis, geochronology, remote sensing, and space geodesy to quantify fault system behavior over various time scales comprises the core of my research.

Research interests:

  • Geometry, kinematics, and earthquake potential for active fault systems
  • Mechanics of continental deformation with emphasis on the Himalaya, Tibet, and the Andes


Teaching interests:

  • Structural Geology
  • Field Mapping
  • Neotectonics
  • Tibet
  • Himalaya

Selected Publications

<div class="fp-publications fp-container"><div class="aca-article">Saylor, J., Copeland, P., Hoxey, A., Fan, S., Murphy, M., Whipp, D., Taylor, M., Stockli, D. (2022). Megathrust Heterogeneity, Crustal Accretion, and a Topographic Embayment in the Western Nepal Himalaya: Insights From the Inversion of Thermochronological Data. Tectonics - Volume 41. <a href="https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1029/2021TC007071">https://doi.org/h…;


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