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Phaedra Upton

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School of Earth and Climate Sciences
5790 Bryand Global Sciences Center
Room 225
University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469-5790

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I am now based at GNS Science , Dunedin, New Zealand but plan to return to UMaine now and then.  When in Orono I can be found in the Geodynamic modelling laboratory.

My research focuses on process and mechanics.  I am interested in the geodynamic responses of collisional orogens to far field tectonic boundary conditions, surface boundary conditions and the extent to which rheological parameters can influence that response.  I also study crustal fluid flow, heat transfer and the coupling between these and deformation.

Some of the projects I’m working on are:

I approach these questions using three-dimensional numerical modelling, constrained by geophysical, geochemical, and field observations.  It is important to ground models in the physical world and so I try to get out into the field with my colleagues whenever possible.

Currently I have projects based in the New Zealand (Southern Alps, Hikurangi Margin and the Waipaoa sedimentary system), South East Alaska and Taiwan.  All regions of active deformation which are also subjected to vigorous surface processes.

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School of Earth and Climate Sciences
5790 Bryand Global Sciences Center
Orono, ME 04469-5790
Phone: (207) 581-2152 | Fax: (207) 581-2202E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469