Outstanding Publication Award

Outstanding Publication Award
(Nomination deadline: March 1st)

Please consider nominations for the Structural Geology & Tectonics Division Outstanding Publication Award. This award is given annually for a published work (paper, book, or map) of exceptional distinction that clearly advances the science of structural geology or tectonics.  The Outstanding Publication Award is not limited to members of the Division or the Society, and awardees may be single or multiple authors, with no restrictions as to nationality, citizenship, publisher or publishing agency.  The award may not be given posthumously unless the decision to give the award is made before the death of the awardee(s).  A list of past awardees is provided below.

The nomination process is simple, quick, and enjoyable. The award is important because it serves to recognize exceptional science and creativity while also inspiring others. Participation in the process offers you a chance to revisit and reflect on publications that have had a major impact on your work and (or) teaching.

Please take a few moments to make a short list of exceptional publications. Return to your list and reread your favorites. As you review these favorites, jot down a few notes. Finally, choose one to nominate and write a nomination that supports your choice. Some questions to consider:

  • Why is the publication exceptional?
  • How has the contribution changed your work?
  • What are specific advances made by the publication?
  • How might the work have influenced the work of others?

Nominations include:

(1) A full citation.

(2) Nomination (as short as a paragraph; letters or reviews may also be included).

(3) Name and address of nominator.


Please email nominations or questions to:

Kevin Mahan
Chair - Outstanding Publication Award committee
University of Colorado Boulder


Miranda, E. A., Hirth, G., John, B. E. (2016). Microstructural evidence for the transition from dislocation creepto dislocation-accommodated grain boundary sliding in naturally deformed plagioclase. Journal of Structural Geology, 92, 30-45. doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2016.09.002.



Hansen, L. N., Zimmerman, M. E., & Kohlstedt, D. L. (2011). Grain boundary sliding in San Carlos olivine: Flow law parameters and crystallographic‐preferred orientation. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth116(B8).


Yamato, P., & Brun, J. P. (2017). Metamorphic record of catastrophic pressure drops in subduction zones. Nature Geoscience, 10(1), 46-50.


Dolan, J.F., D.D. Bowman, and C.G. Sammis (2007), Long-range and long-term fault interactions in Southern California, Geology, v. 35, no. 9, p. 855–858, doi: 10.1130/G23789A.1.


Fletcher, John. M., Oskin, Mike. E., and Teran, Orlando. J., 2016, The role of a keystone fault in triggering the complex El Mayor–Cucapah earthquake rupture, Nature Geoscience,v. 9, p. 303–307, doi: 10.1038/ngeo2660.


Jones, C.H., Reeg, H., Zandt, G., Gilbert, H., Owens, T.J., & Stachnik, J. (2014)  P-wave tomography of potential convective downwellings and their source regions, Sierra Nevada, California. Geosphere 10, 505-533. doi:10.1130/GES00961.1. [citation & response]


Yonkee, W.A., & Weil, A.B. (2015) Tectonic evolution of the Sevier and Laramide belts within the North American Cordillera orogenic system. Earth Science Reviews 150, 531-593.


Rowe, C.D., & Griffith, W.A. (2015) Do faults preserve a record of seismic slip: A second opinion. Journal of Structural Geology 78, 1-26. doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2015.06.006. [citation & response]



Stübner, K., Ratschbacher, L., Rutte, D., Stanek, K., Minaev, V., Weisinger, M., Gloaguen, R., & Project TIPAGE members (2013) The giant Shakhdara migmatitic gneiss dome, Pamir, India-Asia collision zone: 1. Geometry and kinematics.  Tectonics 32, 948-979.

Stübner, K., Ratschbacher, L., Weise C., Chow, J., Hofmann, J., Khan, J., Rutte, D., Sperner, B., Pfänder, J.A., Hacker, B.R., Dunkl, I., Tichomirowa, M., Stearns, M.A., & Project TIPAGE members (2013) The giant Shakhdara migmatitic gneiss dome, Pamir, India-Asia collision zone: 1. Timing of dome formation. Tectonics 32, 1-28. [citation & response]


Tarduno, J.A., Duncan, R.A., Scholl, D.W., Cottrell, R.D., Steinberger, B., Thordarson, T., Kerr, B.C., Neal, C.R., Frey, F.A., Torii, M., & Carvallo, C. (2003) The Emperor Seamounts: Southward motion of the Hawaiian Hotspot plume in Earth's mantle. Science 301, 1064-1069. [citation & response]


Hibbard, J.P., van Staal, C.R., Rankin, D.W., & Williams, H. (2006) Lithotectonic Map of the Appalachian Orogen, Canada-United States of America. Geological Survey of Canada, "A" Series Map 2096A, 2 sheets (1:1,500,000), doi: 10.4095/221912. [citation & response]


Yule, D., & Sieh, K. (2003) Complexities of the San Andreas fault near San Gorgonio Pass: Implications for large earthquakes. Journal of Geophysical Research 108(B11), 2548. doi:10.1029/2001JB000451. [citation & response]



Fossen, H., & Tikoff, B. (1993) The deformation matrix for simultaneous simple shearing, pure shearing and volume change, and its application to transpression-transtension tectonics. Journal of Structural Geology 15, 413-422.

Tikoff, B., & Fossen, H. (1993) Simultaneous pure and simple shear; the unifying deformation matrix. Tectonophysics 217, 267-283. [citation & response]


Royden, L.H., Burchfiel, B.C., & van der Hilst, R.D. (2008) The geologic evolution of the Tibetan Plateau. Science 321,1054-1058. [citation & response]


Atwater, B.F. (1987) Evidence for great Holocene earthquakes along the outer coast of Washington State.  Science 236, 942-944. [citation & response]


Thomas, W. (1977) Evolution of Appalachian-Ouachita salients and recesses from reentrants and promontories in the continental margin.  American Journal of Science 277, 1233-1278. [citation & response]


Pollard, D.D. & Fletcher, R.C (2006) Fundamentals of Structural Geology. New York, Cambridge University Press. 512 p. [citation & response]


Dixon, T.H, Miller, M., Farina, F., Wang, H. & Johnson, D. (2000) Present-day motion of the Sierra Nevada block and some tectonic implications for the Basin and Range province, North America Cordillera. Tectonics 19, 1-24. [citation & response]



Beaumont, C., Jamieson, R.A., Nguyen, M.H. & Lee, B. (2001) Himalayan tectonics explained by extrusion of a low-viscosity crustal channel coupled to focused surface denudation. Nature 414, 738-742.

Hodges, K.V., Hurtado J.M. & Whipple, K.X. (2001) Southward extrusion of Tibetan crust and its effect on Himalayan tectonics. Tectonics 20, 799-809. [citation]


Atwater, T. & Stock, J. (1998) Pacific-North America plate tectonics of the Neogene southwestern United States - An update.  International Geology Review 40, 375-402.


Lavé, J. & Avouac, J.P. (2000) Active folding of fluvial terraces across the Siwaliks Hills, Himalayas of central Nepal.  Journal of Geophysical Research 105(B3), 5735-5770. [citation & response]


Catuneanu, O., Beaumont, C. & Waschbusch, P.J. (1997) Interplay of static loads and subduction dynamics in foreland basins: reciprocal stratigraphies and the "missing" peripheral bulge. Geology 25(12), 1087-1090.


Dunlap, W.J., Hirth, G. & Teyssier, C. (1997) Thermomechanical evolution of a ductile duplex. Tectonics 16(6), 983-1000.


Passchier, C.W. & Trouw, R.A.J. (1996) Microtectonics.  289 p. Springer.


Treagus, S. & Lisle, R. (1997) Do principal surfaces of stress and strain always exist. Journal of Structural Geology 19, 997-1010.


Muehlberger, W. (compiler) (1992 & 1996) Tectonic Map of North America. American Association of Petroleum Geologists (two sheets).


Molnar, P., England, P. & Martinod, J. (1993) Mantle dynamics, uplift of the Tibetan Plateau, and the Indian monsoon. Reviews of Geophysics 31, 357-396.


Suppe, J., Chou, G.T. & Hook. S.C. (1992) Rates of folding and faulting determined from growth strata.  In: Thrust Tectonics (edited by K. McClay). Chapman & Hall. London, 105-121. [citation & response]


Wojtal, S. (1989) Measuring displacement gradients and strain in faulted rock. Journal of Structural Geology 11, 669-678. [citation & response]


Armijo, R., Tapponnier, P. & Han, T.  (1989) Late Cenozoic right-lateral strike-slip faulting in southern Tibet. Journal of Geophysical Research 94, 2787-2838.


Worrall, D. & Snelson, S.  (1989) Evolution of the northern Gulf of Mexico, with emphasis on Cenozoic growth faulting and the role of salt.  In: The geology of North America - an overview (edited by Balley, A.W. & Palmer, P.). Geological Society of America Decade of North American Geology A, 91-138.


Hoffman, P. (1988) United plates of America, the birth of a craton: early Proterozoic assembly and growth of Laurentia. Annual Reviews of Earth & Planetary Sciences 16, 543-604.


Pavlis, T. (1986) The role of strain heating in the evolution of megathrusts. Journal of Geophysical Research 91, 6522-6534.


Engebretson, D., Cox, A. & Gordon, R. (1985) Relative motion between oceanic and continental plates in the Pacific basin: Geological Society of America Special Paper 206.


Platt, J.P. (1986) Dynamics of orogenic wedges and the uplift of high-pressure metamorphic rocks. Geological Society of America Bulletin 97, 1037-1053.


Simpson, C. & Schmid, S. (1983)  An evaluation of the criteria to deduce the sense of movement in sheared rocks. Geological Society of America Bulletin 94, 1281-1288.


Boyer, S.E. & Elliott, D. (1982) Thrust systems. Bulletin of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists 66, 1196-1230


Davis, D. Suppe, J. & Dahlen, F.A. (1983) The mechanics of fold-and-thrust belts and accretionary wedges.  Journal of Geophysical Research 88, 10087-10101.


Ramsay, J.G. &  Huber, M. (1983) The techniques of modern structural geology: Volume 1: Strain analysis. 307 p.  Academic Press.


Coney, P.J., Jones, D.L. & Monger, J.W.H. (1980) Cordilleran suspect terranes. Nature 288, 329-333.