Dr. Noel M Bartlow

Noel Bartlow
  • Assistant Professor
  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • Geology

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Please see my website at https://www.bartlowcrustaldef.com/

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


PhD in Geophysics, Stanford University, 2013
BS in Physics, Carnegie Mellon University, 2007


Research interests:

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


Teaching interests:

  • Geophysics
  • Crustal Deformation
  • Inverse Theory
  • Natural Hazards

Selected Publications

Murray, J. R., Bartlow, N., Bock, Y., Brooks, B. A., Foster, J., Freymueller, J., Hammond, W. C., Hodgkinson, K., Johanson, I., Lopez-Venegas, A., Mann, D., Mattioli, G. S., Melbourne, T., Mencin, D., Montgomery-Brown, E., Murray, M. H., Smalley, R., & Thomas, V. (2020). Regional Global Navigation Satellite System Networks for Crustal Deformation Monitoring [Journal Articles]. SEISMOLOGICAL RESEARCH LETTERS, 91(2), 552–572. https://doi.org/10.1785/0220190113
Bartlow, N. M. (2020). A long-term view of Episodic Tremor and Slip in Cascadia [Journal Articles]. Geophys. Res. Lett. Published.
Rousset, B. Y., Bartlow, N. M., & Bürgmann, R. (2019). Weeks-long and years-long slow slip and tectonic tremor episodes on the south-central Alaska megathrust [Journal Articles]. J. Geophys. Res. Published.
Materna, K., Bartlow, N. M., Wech, A., Williams, C., & Bürgmann, R. (2019). Dynamically Triggered Changes of Plate Interface Coupling in Southern Cascadia [Journal Articles]. Geophys. Res. Lett. Published. https://doi.org/10.1029/2019GL084395
Yohler, R., Bartlow, N. M., Wallace, L. M., & Williams, C. (2019). Time-Dependent Behavior of a Near Trench Slow Slip Event at the Hikurangi Subduction Zone [Journal Articles]. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 20. https://doi.org/10.1029/2019GC008229
Hawthorne, J. C., & Bartlow, N. M. (2018). Observing and modeling the spectrum of a slow slip event [Journal Articles]. J. Geophys. Res. Published. https://doi.org/10.1029/2017JB015124
Wallace, L. M., Kaneko, Y., Hreinsdottir, 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 [Journal Articles]. NATURE GEOSCIENCE, 10(10), 765-+. https://doi.org/10.1038/NGEO3021
Wallace, L. M., Bartlow, N., Hamling, I., & Fry, B. (2014). Quake clamps down on slow slip [Journal Articles]. GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS, 41(24), 8840–8846. https://doi.org/10.1002/2014GL062367
Wech, A. G., & Bartlow, N. M. (2014). Slip rate and tremor genesis in Cascadia [Journal Articles]. GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS, 41(2), 392–398. https://doi.org/10.1002/2013GL058607
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 Articles]. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-SOLID EARTH, 119(1), 734–753. https://doi.org/10.1002/2013JB010609
Bartlow, N. M., Lockner, D., & 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<br>tremor [Journal Articles]. J. Geophys. Res. Published. https://doi.org/10.1029/2012JB009452
Bartlow, N. M., Miyazaki, S., Bradley, A. M., & Segall, P. (2011). Space-time correlation of slip and tremor during the 2009 Cascadia slow slip event [Journal Articles]. GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS, 38. https://doi.org/10.1029/2011GL048714

Awards & Honors

Gabilan Stanford Graduate Fellow
2009 - 2013
NSF Graduate Research Fellow (GRFP)
2010 - 2013
NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes fellowship, New Zealand
Outstanding Student Paper Award
Seismology section, AGU fall meeting
Mellon College of Science Research Honors
Carnegie Mellon University

Grants & Other Funded Activity

Collaborative Research: Deployment of Seafloor Optical Fiber Strainmeters for the Detection of Slow Slip Events. OCE-2003489. National Science Foundation. $298389.00. (6/1/2020 - 5/31/2024). Federal. Status: Funded
Bridging the Gap between Locking and ETS in Cascadia using Geodetic Data and Viscoelastic Models: Collaborative Research with Indiana University and University
. G20AP00016. U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Hazards External Grants Program
. $51347.00. (1/1/2020 - 12/31/2021). Federal. Status: Funded
Collaborative Research: Improving models of interseismic locking and slow slip events in Cascadia and New Zealand. NSF Division of Ocean Sciences # 1551929. National Science Foundation. $243504.00. (4/1/2016 - 3/31/2020). Federal. Status: Funded. Co-Investigator is Laura Wallace from the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics
2017 Southern California Earthquake Center proposal: Searching for Transient Aseismic Slip Events on the San Jacinto Fault. Southern California Earthquake Center. $30000.00. (10/1/2018 - 9/30/2019). Federal. Status: Funded. With Susan Schwartz, UC Santa Cruz.