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Casey Nixon

Researcher, VISTA Scholar
  • E-mailCasey.Nixon@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 33 98
  • Visitor Address
    Realfagbygget, Allègt. 41
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7803
    5020 Bergen

I am a structural geologist interested in the deformation of the Earth’s upper crust with a particular interest in fault and fracture networks and active tectonics.  My research combines classic structural observations with modern analytical techniques using field studies as well as geophysical and remote sensing datasets (multibeam bathymetry, LiDAR, 2D/3D seismic reflection data, aerial photography, satellite imagery etc.).  Current research themes include: 

  • Growth and development of fault networks;
  • Topological characterisation and fluid flow in fracture and fault networks;
  • Evolution and development of basins and rift systems;
  • Interaction between magmatic and tectonic processes in active rift systems;
  • Seismogenic hazard assessment;
  • Application and use of GIS and Geophysical datasets as a tool for structural geology and tectonics.

Dimmen, V., Rotevatn, R., Peacock, D.C.P., Nixon, C.W., Nærland, K., 2017. Quantifying structural controls on fluid flow: insights from carbonate-hosted fault damage zones on the Maltese Islands. Journal of Structural Geology 101, 43-57.

Peacock, D.C.P., Nixon, C. W., Rotevatn, A., Sanderson, D.J., 2017. Interacting faults. Journal of Structural Geology 97, 1-22. 

Duffy, O.B., Nixon, C. W., Bell, R.E., Jackson, C.A-L., Gawthorpe, R.L., Sanderson, D.J., Whipp, P.S., 2017. Topology of evolving rift fault networks: Single-phase vs multi-phase rifts. Journal of Structural Geology 96, 192-202.

Peacock, D.C.P., Korneva, I., Nixon, C.W., Rotevatn, A. 2017. Changes of scaling relationships in an evolving population: The example of “sedimentary” stylolites. Journal of Structural Geology 96, 118-133.

Peacock, D.C.P., Nixon, C. W., Rotevatn, A., Sanderson, D.J., Zuluaga, L.F., 2016. Glossary of fault and fracture networks. Journal of Structural Geology, 92, 12-29.

Nixon, C.W., McNeill, L.C., Bull, J.M., Bell, R., Gawthorpe, R., Henstock, T., Christodoulou, D., Ford, M., Taylor, B.,Sakellariou, D., Ferentinos, G., Papatheodorou, G., Leeder, M., Collier, R., Goodliffe, A., Sachpazi, M., Kranis, H., 2016. Rapid spatiotemporal variations in rift structure during development of the Corinth Rift, central Greece. Tectonics, 35, 1225-1248.

Morley, C.K. & Nixon, C.W., 2016.Topological characteristics of simple and complex normal fault networks. Journal of Structural Geology, 84, 68-84.

Ayele, A., Ebinger, C.J., van Alstyne, C., Keir, D., Nixon, C.W., Belachew, M., Hammond, J.O.S, 2015. Seismicity and the Tendaho Dam safety, Afar (Ethiopia): risk implications for downstream population. Geol. Soc. London. Spec. Publ., 420.

Sanderson, D.J. & Nixon, C.W., 2015. The use of topology in fracture network characterization. Journal of Structural Geology, 72, 55-66.

McNeill, L.C., Sakellariou, D., Nixon, C.W., 2014. Drilling to resolve the evolution of the Corinth Rift. Eos Transactions. 29, 170.

Nixon, C.W., Sanderson, D.J., Bull, J.M., 2014. Localized vs distributed deformation associated with an active normal fault, Whakatane, New Zealand. Journal of Structural Geology 69, 266-280.

Nixon, C.W., Sanderson, D.J., Dee, S., Bull, J.M., Humphreys, R., Swanson, M., 2014. Fault interactions and reactivation within a normal fault network at Milne Point, Alaska.  AAPG Bulletin. 98(10), 2081-2107.

Nixon, C.W., Sanderson, D.J., Bull, J.M.  2012.  Analysis of a strike-slip fault network using high resolution multibeam bathymetry, offshore NW Devon U.K.. Tectonophysics, 541-543, 69-80.

Nixon, C.W., Sanderson, D.J., Bull, J.M.  2011.  Deformation within a strike-slip fault network at Westward Ho!,Devon U.K.: Domino vs conjugate faulting.  Journal of Structural Geology, 33, 833-843.