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

My research involves the study of topography and how it relates to lithospheric deformation. I look at the evolution of rivers and other landforms because these systems are a sensitive record of vertical movement of the Earth's surface caused by deformation. Sometimes this deformation occurs very deep in the Earth's crust or upper mantle making direct observation an impossible task. In order to study these deep processes, I develop ways of using topography as a proxy for motion at great depths beneath the continents. I use a variety of tools including field geology, GIS modeling, geodynamic modeling, and thermochronology.