Marin K. Clark

Associate Professor
Associate Chair for Graduate Studies
Ph. D. MIT 2003

Fields of Study
Geomorphology, geodynamics, tectonics, and thermochronology

2015 Mw 7.8 Nepal Earthquake Response

On April 25, 2015, a Mw 7.8 earthquake in Nepal generated over 1g ground accelerations across the highest relief terrain on Earth. Intense ground shaking and steep terrain mean high landslide potential. Large landslides in steep valleys also have the potential to dam rivers, which creates flooding upstream and possible flooding downstream if the dam is breached. See the link below for a landslide rapid response analysis for this earthquake event. This information will help prioritize early scientific efforts that aid the rescue and recovery efforts by federal agencies. 

Website - Landslide hazard analysis of the Nepal earthquake
Marin Clark, Nathan Niemi and Sean Gallen

Mailing Address
Earth & Environmental Sciences
University of Michigan
2534 C. C. Little Building
1100 N. University Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1005

Physical Address

Office - 1020 C. C. Little Building
Lab - 1026 C. C. Little Building

734.615.0484 (office)
734.763.4690 (fax)

Research Interests

I study how plate tectonics and erosion systems interact to build and shape high topography over geologic timescales. I use a variety of approaches including field geology and geomorphology, low-temperature thermochronometry, structural geology and modeling. I also research natural hazards related to coseismic landsliding.