Jon Lewis

Jon Lewis in TaiwanProfessor


  • BS, University of VermontGeology
  • MS, University of TennesseeGeology
  • PhD, University of ConnecticutGeology
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California at DavisNeotectonics

Courses Taught:

GEOS 101/102 Dynamic Earth
GEOS 310 Environmental Geology
GEOS 302 Structural Geology
GEOS 303 Field Geology
GEOS 362 Plate Tectonics
GEOS 470 Research Methods in the Geosciences

Professional Interests:

Structural geology, earthquake geology, plate boundary deformation, neotectonics

Professional Development:

Featured in Article on Dual Career Couples, Preparing for an Academic Career

Current Projects:

  • Taiwanthe neotectonics of arc-continent collision constrained by modeling outcrop-scale faults and earthquakes (NSF Award #1650157)
  • STEMSEAS - STEM Student Experiences Aboard Ships
  • Costa Ricacontemporary crustal deformation constrained by tectonic geomorphology, geochronology and earthquake modeling
  • SW Japancontrols on Great Earthquakes: Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP), Nankai Trough Seismogenic Zone Experiment (NantroSEIZE) ( IUP Magazine Article)

Selected Publications

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  • Hashimoto, Y., Stipp, M., Lewis, J. C., and Wuttke, F., 2019, Paleo-stress orientations and magnitudes from triaxial testing and stress inversion analysis in Nankai accretionary prism sediments: Progress in Earth and Planetary Science, v. 6, no. 1, p. 3.
  • Kodama, K., Byrne, T., Lewis, J. C., Hibbard, J. P., Sato, M., and Koyano, T., 2018, Emplacement of a layered mafic intrusion in the Shimanto accretionary complex of southwest Japan: Evidence from paleomagnetic and magnetic fabric analysis in Geology and Tectonics of Subduction Zones: A Tribute to Gaku Kimura, eds Byrne, T., Underwood, M. B., III, Fisher, D., McNeill, L., Saffer, D., Ujiie, K., and Yamaguchi, A., eds., Volume 534, Geological Society of America, p. 0.
  • Cooper, S. K., and J. C. Lewis (2017), STEMSEAS: A Vehicle for the US Academic Fleet to Serve Undergraduates from Diverse Backgrounds, Oceanography, 30,
  • Montero, W., J. C. Lewis, and M. C. Araya (2017), The Guanacaste Volcanic Arc Sliver of Northwestern Costa Rica, Scientific Reports, 7(1), 1797, doi:10.1038/s41598-017-01593-8
  • Lin, W., T. B. Byrne, M. Kinoshita, L. C. McNeill, C. Chang, J. C.Lewis ,Y.Yamamoto, D. M. Saffer, J. Casey Moore, H.-Y. Wu, T. Tsuji, Y. Yamada, M. Conin, S. Saito, T. Ito, H. J. Tobin, G. Kimura, K. Kanagawa, J. Ashi, M. B. Underwood, and T. Kanamatsu, (in press), Distribution of stress state in the Nankaisubduction zone, southwest Japan and a comparison with Japan Trench:Tectonophysics.
  • Lewis, J. C. , D. J. O'Hara*, and R.-J. Rau, Seismogenic strain across the transition from fore-arc slivering to collision in southern Taiwan, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 120(6), 2015JB011906, doi:10.1002/2015JB011906.
  • Lewis, J. C., T. B. Byrne and K. Kanagawa, Evidence for mechanical decoupling of the upper plate at the Nankai subduction zone: Constraints from core-scale faults a NantroSEIZE Sites C0001 and C0002, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., v. 14 (3), doi:10.1029/2012GC00440
  • Montero, Walter P., J. C. Lewis , J. S. Marshall, S. Kruse and P. Wetmore, Neotectonic faulting and forearc sliver motion along the Atirro-Rio Sucio fault system, Costa Rica, Central America, Geological Society of America Bulletin, v 125 (5/6), p. 857-876, doi:10.113-/B30471.
  • Mirakian, D. C., J. M. Crespi, T. B. Byrne, C. Huang, W. B. Ouimet and J. C. Lewis , Tectonic implications of nonparallel topographic and structural curvature in the higher elevations of an active collision zone, Taiwan, Lithosphere v. 5, no. 1, p 49-66, doi:10.1130/L232.1
  • Byrne, T. B., W. Lin, A. Tsutsumi, Y. Yamamoto, J. C. Lewis , K. Kanagawa, Y. Kitamura, A. Yamaguchi and G. Kimura, Anelastic strain recovery reveal extension across SW Japan subduction zone, Geophysical Research Letters v. 36, L23310, doi:10.1029/2009GL040749.
  • Lewis, J. C. , A. C. Boozer*, A. Lopez and W. Montero, Collision versus sliver motion at the Middle America subduction zone: constraints from background seismicity in central Costa Rica, Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, v. 9 (7), Q07S06 doi:10.1029/2007GC001711.
  • Lewis, J. C. , Fine-scale partitioning of contemporary strain in the southern Walker Lane: Implications for accommodating divergent strike-slip motion, Journal of Structural Geology, v. 29, p. 1201-1215, doi:10.1016/j.jsg.2007.02.015
  • Lewis, J. C., R. J. Twiss, C. J. Pluhar and F. C. Monastero, Multiple constraints on divergent strike-slip deformation along the eastern margin of the Sierran microplate, SE California, in: Exhumation Associated with Continental Strike-Slip Systems , eds: Till, A. B., S. M. Roeske, J. C. Sample, and D. A. Foster, Geological Society of America Special Paper 434.
  • Pluhar, C. J., R. S. Coe, J. C. Lewis , F. C. Monastero and J. M. G. Glen, Fault block kinematics at a releasing stepover of the Eastern California shear zone: Partitioningof rotation style in and around the Coso geothermal area and nascent metamorphiccore complex, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 250, p. 134-163,doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2006.07.034.