Jon Lewis

  • Jon Lewis in TaiwanProfessor


    • BS, University of Vermont—Geology
    • MS, University of Tennessee—Geology
    • PhD, University of Connecticut—Geology
    • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California at Davis—Neotectonics

    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:

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

    Selected Publications

    ( Full CV in PDF format)

    (*indicates students) 


    • 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 Nankai  subduction 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.