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Brett M. Carpenter

Brett Carpenter

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., 2012, Geosciences, Pennsylvania State University
M.S., 2007, Geosciences, Pennsylvania State University
B.S. ed., 2005, Earth & Space Science, Physics, Mansfield University of Pennsylvania

Office: SEC 826

Areas of Interest

Structural Geology, Experimental Rock Mechanics, Induced Seismicity, Remote Sensing, Scientific Drilling


My research interests focus on how fault structure and small-scale processes affect large scale fault and crustal behavior. I am particularly interested in the behavior of earth materials at shallow to central crustal conditions, where destructive earthquakes originate and propagate. This research has applications to natural hazards forecast and preparation, energy development, and carbon sequestration. My primary research method is combining structural observations from outcrops and boreholes with laboratory experiments to determine the mechanical, hydrologic, and acoustic properties of different Earth materials, many of them collected from faults worldwide.

Curriculum Vitae

Courses Taught

GEOL 1114: Introduction to Physical Geology for Science and Engineering Majors
GEOL 1104/1114: Introduction to Physical Geology – Field Intensive
GEOL 3003: Structural Geology and Stratigraphy for Petroleum Engineers 
GEOL 3114: Structural Geology
GEOL/GPHY 5970: Fractures, Faults and Earthquakes
GEOL 5970: Structural Geology Seminar

Selected Publications

Google Scholar

*Student or Postdoc Manuscript

Zoet, L.K., M Ikari, R.B. Alley, C. Marone, S. Anandakrishnan, B.M. Carpenter and M. Scuderi (2020), A framework for glacial stick-slip seismicity, Geophys Res. Lett., 47, doi:10.1029/2020GL088964.

*Firkins, M., F. Kolawole, K.J. Marfurt, and B.M. Carpenter (2020), Attribute assisted characterization of basement faulting and the associated sedimentary sequence deformation in north-central Oklahoma, Interpretation, 8, doi:10.1190/INT-2020-0053.1.

*Kibikas, W., A. Ghassemi, and B.M. Carpenter (2020), Mechanical strength and physical properties of Oklahoma’s igneous basement, Tectonophys. 777, doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2020.228336.

*Chen, Xf., B.M. Carpenter, and Z. Reches (2020), Asperity failure control of stick-slip along brittle faults, Pure Appl. Geophys. 177, doi:10.1007/s00024-020-02434-y.

*Kolawole, F., C. Johnston, J.C. Chang, K. Marfurt, D.A. Lockner, Z. Reches, and B.M. Carpenter (2019), The susceptibility of Oklahoma’s basement to seismic reactivation, Nature Geosc., 12, doi:10.1038/s41561-019-0440-5.