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Education


University of California, Santa Barbara, PhD, 2013 

Area of Focus: Tectonics & Geomorphology

Thesis: Neogene tectonic evolution of the NE Pamir margin, NW China

Advisor: Douglas Burbank 


Massachusetts Institute of Technology, BS, 2007

Major: Earth, Atmospheric, & Planetary Science

Thesis: Determining the source and concentrations of lead in chocolates. 

Advisor: Samuel Bowring



Professional Work Experience


ConocoPhillips Postdoctoral Researcher in Salt Tectonics, Institute of Tectonic Studies at the University of Texas El Paso & Colorado School of Mines, Sept 2016 - present


Independent Contract Editor, American Journal Experts, 2016 - present


Senior Geologist, ConocoPhillips,  Gulf of Mexico Exploration, 2014 - 2016


Geologist, ConocoPhillips,  Gulf of Mexico Exploration, 2014 - 2014


Lecturer, University of California Santa Barbara, 2013


Teaching Associate, University of California Santa Barbara, 2013 


GeoCorps Guest Scientist, Yosemite National Park, 2013 

    

Maersk OilGeoscience Intern, Gulf of Mexico Exploration, 2012


Awards, Fellowships, & Grants           

2013    STIA (Summer Teaching Institute for Associates) Certificate

2013    GSA Annual Meeting Travel Grant

2013    GSA Cordilleran Section Meeting Travel Grant

2012    Coast Geological Society Award

2010    California Space Grant Consortium Graduate Fellowship

2009    NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

2009    NSF East Asia & Pacific Summer Institute Fellowship

2008    GSA Graduate Student Research Grant

2008    Preston Cloud Memorial Travel Grant, UCSB

2007    Goetz Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research, MIT

2007    Research Center Ocean Margins (RCOM) Summer Student Fellowship

2006    NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates


Peer-reviewed Publications          

14. Li, T., J. Chen, L. Fang, Z. Chen, J. A. Thompson, & C. Jia (2016). The 2015 Mw 6.4 Pishan earthquake: Seismic hazards of an active blind wedge thrust system at the Western Kunlun Range front, NW Tibetan Plateau, Seismological Research Letters, 87(3), doi: 10.1785/0220150205

13. Jiang, H.C., G. Guo, X. Cai, J. A. Thompson, H. Xu, & N. Zhong (2016). Geochemical evidence of windblown origin of the Late Cenozoic lacustrine sediments in Beijing and implications for weathering and climate change, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, and Palaeoecology, 446, 32-43, doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2016.01.017.

12. Huang, W.L., A. Li, I. Pierce, J. A. Thompson, S. Angster, & L. Zhuang (2015). Late Pleistocene shortening rate on the northern margin of the Yanqi Basin, southeastern Tian Shan, NW China. Journal of Asian Earth Science. doi: 10.1016/j.jseaes.2015.08.024.

11. Li, T., J. Chen, J. A. Thompson, D.W. Burbank, & H. Yang (2015). Hinge-migrated fold scarp model based on an analysis of bed geometry: a study from the Mingyaole Anticline, southern foreland of the Chinese Tian Shan. Journal of Geophysical Research Solid Earth. doi: 10.1002/2015JB012102. 

10. Li, T., J. Chen, J. A. Thompson, D. W. Burbank & X. D. Yang (2015). Active flexural-slip faulting: a study from the Pamir-Tian Shan convergent zone, NW China. Journal of Geophysical Research Solid Earth. doi: 10.1002/2014JB011632.

9. Thompson, J. A., D.W. Burbank, T. Li, J. Chen & B. Bookhagen (2015). Late Miocene northward propagation of the northeast Pamir thrust system, northwest China. Tectonics. doi: 10.1002/2014TC003690 

8. Huang, W.L., X. P. Yang, A. Li, J. A. Thompson 
L. Zhang (2014). Climatically-controlled formation of river terraces in a tectonically active region along the southern piedmont of the Tian Shan, NW China. Geomorphology, 220: 15-29.

7. 
Li, T., J. Chen, J. A. Thompson, D. W. Burbank & X.D. Yang (2013). Quantification of three-dimensional folding using fluvial terraces: A case study from the Mushi anticline, northern margin of the Chinese Pamir. Journal of Geophysical Research Solid Earth. doi: 10.1002/jgrb.50316.

6. Li, T., J. Chen, J. A. Thompson, D. W. Burbank & W. Xiao (2012). Equivalency of geodetic with geologic rates across a contractional orogen: new insights from the Pamir Frontal Thrust. Geophysical Research Letters,  39: L15305, doi: 10.1029/2012GL051782. 

5. Yang, H.L., J. Chen, J. A. Thompson & J.F. Liu (2012). Optical dating of the 12 May 2008, Ms 8.0 Wenchuan earthquake-related sediments: tests of zeroing assumptions. Quaternary Geochronology, 10: 273-279. 


4. Jiang, H.C., X. Mao, H. Xu, J. Thompson, P. Wang & X. Ma (2011).  Last glacial pollen record from Lanzhou (Northwestern China) and possible forcing mechanisms for the MIS 3 climate change in Middle to East Asia. Quaternary Science Reviews, 30 (5-6): 769-781. 

3. Jiang, H.C., X. Mao, H. Xu, J. Thompson & X. Ma (2010). ~4 Ma abrupt coarsening of sediments from Baikal, Chinese Loess Plateau, and South China Sea and implications for the onset of NH glaciation. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 298, 201-209.  

2. Liu, J.F., J. Chen, J. H. Yin, Y. C. Lu, A. Murray, L. C. Chen, J. Thompson & H. L. Yang (2010). OSL and AMS14C Dating of the Penultimate Earthquake at the Leigu Trench along the Beichuan Fault, Longmen Shan, in the Northeast Margin of the Tibetan Plateau. Bulletin of Seismological Society of America, Vol. 100, No. 5B, pp. 2681–2688, doi: 10.1785/0120090297.

1. Jiang, H.C, P. Wang, J. Thompson, Z. Dong & Y. Lu (2009). Last glacial climate instability documented by coarse-grained sediments within the loess sequence, at Fanjiaping, Lanzhou, China. Quaternary Research, 72(1): 91-102.  


Manuscripts  (in revision/review, submitted, or in prep)


(in revision) Thompson, J. A., J. Chen, H.L. Yang, T. Li, B. Bookhagen, & D. W. BurbankCoarse- versus fine-grain OSL and cosmogenic 10Be depth profile dating of fluvial terraces on the northeast Pamir margin, northwest China. 


(in review) Thompson Jobe, J. A., T. Li, J. Chen, D. W. Burbank, & A. Bufe. Quaternary tectonic evolution of the Pamir-Tian Shan collision zone, NW China. 

(in review) Bufe, A., D. W. Burbank, L. Liu, B.Bookhagen, J. Chen, J. Tangh, J. A. Thompson Jobe, T. Li, & H. Yang. Variations of lateral bedrock erosion rates control planation of uplifting folds in the foreland of the Tian Shan, NW China.

(in review) Bufe, A., D. P. S. Bekaert, E. Hussain, B. Bookhagen, D. W. Burbank, J. A. Thompson Jobe, J. Chen, T. Li, L. Liu, W. Gan. Temporal changes in rock-uplift rates of folds in the foreland of the Tian Shan from geodetic and geologic data.

(in review) Li, T., J. Chen, J. A. Thompson Jobe, & D. W. Burbank. Controlling factors of active flexural-slip faulting: a study from the Pamir-Tian Shan convergent zone, NW China

(in prep) Thompson Jobe, J. A., D. W. Burbank, B. Bookhagen,  J. Chen & T. Li.  Applications of 26Al/10Be burial dating and magnetostratigraphy to active deformation within sedimentary basins: field examples from the western Tarim Basin, NW China.


(in prep) Thompson Jobe, J. A.,  A. Wickert, B. Bookhagen, D. W. Burbank & D. Scherler. Highly variable glacial-surface velocities and frontal terminus positions from 1983-2010 on Mount Shasta, Northern California. 


(in prep) Stock, G. M., J. A. Thompson Jobe, D. H. Rood & G. Balco. Cosmogenic beryllium-10 exposure dating of probable earthquake-triggered rock avalanche deposits in Yosemite Valley, California.



Non-Peer Reviewed Publications (Theses, Reports)

3. Thompson, J. A. & C. Merriman (2014). Geoarchaeological Investigations of Alluvial Terraces along the Rio Blanco, Southern Belize. In The Uxbenka Archaeological Project: Report of the 2013 Field Season. Report prepared for the Institute of Archaeology, National Institute of Culture and History, Belize. Prufer, K. M., A. E. Thompson, and V. A. Aquino, editors. 


2. Thompson, J. A. (2013). Neogene tectonic evolution of the NE Pamir margin, NW China. PhD Dissertation, UC Santa Barbara. 


1. Thompson, J. A. (2007). Determining the concentrations and source of lead in chocolates. BS Thesis, MIT.



Conference Abstracts & Presentations

31. Bufe, A., D. W. Burbank, L. Liu, J. Chen, C. Paola, B. Bookhagen, & J. A. Thompson Jobe (2017). Variations in lateral erosion rates control fluvial planation and strath terrace formation on uplifting folds: Evidence from both the field and sandbox experiments. Abstract submitted to EGU 2017 in Vienna, Austria, April 2017. 

30. Thompson, J. A., T. Li, & J. Chen (2017). The role of evaporites, foreland basin fill, and inherited crustal weaknesses on structural styles in the Pamir and Tian Shan forelands, western Tarim Basin, NW China. Abstract to be presented as an Oral presentation at the 2017 AAPG ACE meeting in Houston, Texas, April 2017. 

29. Meredith, C., C. Merriman, J. A. Thompson Jobe, & K. Prufer (2017). Geomorphic and isotopic indicators of anthropogenic change from Holocene-length alluvial deposits in the Rio Blano watershed. Abstract to be presented at the 82nd Annual SAA Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 29 Mar- 2 Apr 2017. 

28. Thompson, J. A., K. Giles, M. Rowan, & T. E. Hearon IV (2016). Reinterpretation of Halokinetic Features in the Ancestral Rocky Mountains Paradox Salt Basin, Utah and Colorado. Abstract T51D-2954 presented at 2016 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, Calif., 12-16 Dec. 2016.

27. Thompson, J. A., B. Bookhagen, D. W. Burbank, J. Chen, & T. Li (2016). 26Al /10Be Cosmogenic Burial Dating and Magnetostratigraphy of Growth Strata in the Western Tarim Foreland Basin, NW China. Poster presented at the 2016 AAPG ACE meeting in Calgary, Canada, June 2016.

26. Bufe, N. A., C. Paola, D. W. Burbank, & J. A. Thompson (2016). Experimental evidence for climatically controlled changes between lateral erosion and incision of actively uplifting folds. Abstract EGU2016-2137 presented at 2016 Spring EGU meeting. 

25. Thompson, J. A., J. Chen, H.L. Yang, T. Li, B. Bookhagen, D. W. Burbank & N. A. Bufe (2015). OSL and Cosmogenic 10Be Dating of Fluvial Terraces on the Northeast Pamir Margin, Northwest China. Abstract PP11A-2211 presented at 2015 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, Calif., 14-18 Dec. 2015. 

24.  Li, T., J. Chen, J. A. Thompson, D. W. Burbank & X. D. Yang (2015). Active flexural-slip faulting: a study from the Pamir-Tian Shan convergent zone, NW China. EGU 2015 Meeting. 

23. Thompson, J. A., C. Merriman, K. Prufer, C. Meredith & M. Walsh (2015). Human-climate-landscape interactions within the Rio Blanco Basin, Southern Belize. 2015 SAA Annual Meeting, San Francisco, Calif., 15-19 Apr. 2015. 

22. Thompson, J.A., D. W. Burbank, T. Li, J. Chen, B. Bookhagen, N. A. Bufe & H. L. Yang (2014). Late Quaternary deformation rates in the Pamir-Tian Shan collision zone. Abstract T32B-04 presented at 2014 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, Calif., 15-19 Dec. 2014. 

21. N. A. Bufe, D. W. Burbank, L. Langtao, J. Chen, T. Li & J. A. Thompson (2014). Constraints on timing and rates of strath terrace formation on actively uplifting anticlines in the foreland of the Chinese Tian Shan. Abstract EP34B-04 presented at 2014 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, Calif., 15-19 Dec. 2014.

20. Langtao, L., J. Chen, A. Bufe, D W. Burbank, T. Li & J. A. Thompson (2014). Detrital zircon U-Pb provenance study in Cenozoic strata of the Pamir-Tian Shan collision zone. Abstract EP53A-3639 presented at 2014 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, Calif., 15-19 Dec. 2014.

19. Prufer, K.M., C. Merriman, C. Meredith, M. Walsh & J. Thompson (2014). Pre-Ceramic People of Southern Belize:  Preliminary Studies of Early Human Adaptation in the Maya Lowlands, Belize Archaeology Symposium: Archaeological Investigations in the Eastern Lowlands.

18. Thompson, J. A., G. M. Stock, D. Rood & K. L. Frankel (2013). Cosmogenic beryllium-10 exposure dating of probable coseismic rock avalanches in Yosemite Valley, California. Abstract NH14A-07 presented at 2013 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, Calif., 9-13 Dec. 2013.

17. Li, T., J. Chen, J. A. Thompson & D. W. Burbank (2013). Deformation characteristics, geometry, and kinematics of active fold scarps: a case study from the Mingyaole anticline, southern foreland of the Chinese Tian Shan. Abstract T13D-2566 presented at 2013 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, Calif., 9-13 Dec. 2013.

16. Stock, G. M., J. A. Thompson, D. Rood & K. Frankel (2013). Cosmogenic beryllium-10 exposure dating of probable coseismic rock avalanches in Yosemite Valley, California. GSA Abstracts with Programs 45 (7).

15. Thompson, J.A., D. W. Burbank, T. Li, J. Chen & B. Bookhagen (2013). Neogene tectonic evolution of the NE Pamir margin, NW China. GSA Abstracts with Programs 45 (7).

14. Thompson, J.A.,  B. Bookhagen, D. W. Burbank, J. Chen & T. Li (2013). 26Al /10Be burial dating and magnetostratigraphy within sedimentary basins: field examples of active deformation in the western Tarim Basin, NW China.  GSA Abstracts with Programs 45 (7). 

13. Thompson, J. A., G. M. Stock, K. L. Frankel & D. Rood (2013). Cosmogenic exposure age dating of rock avalanches in Yosemite Valley, CA. GSA Cordilleran Section Meeting, May 20-22, 2013

12. Thompson, J. A., T. Li, B. Bookhagen, D. W. Burbank & J. Chen (2012). Applications of 26Al/10Be burial dating and magnetostratigraphy to active deformation within sedimentary basins: field examples from the western Tarim Basin, NW China. Abstract T32B-03 presented at 2012 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, Calif., 3-7 Dec. 2012. 

11. Thompson, J. A., D.W. Burbank, J. Chen, T. Li & B. Bookhagen (2012). Late Miocene northward propagation of the NE Pamir Thrust System, NW China. Poster presented at the AAPG Student Expo, Houston, TX, Sept 17-18, 2012. 

10. Thompson, J. A., J. Chen, T. Li, H.L. Yang, D.W. Burbank & C.S. Wang (2012). OSL dating of fluvial terraces in NW China: comparison of grain sizes. 8th New World Luminescence Dating Workshop. Sept 6-9, 2012. Oral presentation. 

9. Thompson, J. A., D.W. Burbank, J. Chen, T. Li & B. Bookhagen (2011). Late Miocene northward propagation of the NE Pamir Thrust System, NW China. Abstract T43F-2445 presented at 2011 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 5-9 Dec. 2011

8. Li, T., J. Chen, D. W. Burbank, J. A. Thompson & W. Xiao (2011). Concentrated and uniform shortening along the Pamir Front Thrust, northern margin of the Chinese Pamir, since ~0.35 Myr. Abstract T43F-2444 presented at 2011 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 5-9 Dec. 2011

7. Thompson, J. A., D.W. Burbank, J. Chen & T. Li (2010). Deposition and deformation of an intermontane basin, NW China. Abstract T43C-2235 presented at 2010 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 13-17 Dec. 2010

6. Li, T., J. Chen, D.M. Huang, J. A. Thompson, P.W. Xiao, D. Z. Yuan & D.W. Burbank (2010). Quaternary deformation of the Mushi thrust-related fold, northeastern margin of the Pamir. Abstract T51A-2007 presented at 2010 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 13-17 Dec. 2010

5. Thompson, J. A., D.W. Burbank, J. Chen & T. Li (2009). Late Cenozoic deformation in the Western Tarim Basin, NW China. Eos Trans. AGU, 90(52), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract T43B-2070.

4. Jiang, H.C, P. Wang, J. Thompson, Z. Dong & Y. Lu (2009). Last glacial climate instability documented by coarse-grained sediments within the loess sequence, at Fanjiaping, Lanzhou, China. Eos Trans. AGU, 90(52), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract PP13C-1428.

3. Thompson, J., B. Bookhagen, D. W. Burbank & D. Scherler (2009). Monitoring glacier velocities on Mt. Shasta using ASTER and SPOT satellite imagery. Poster presentation at Fall 2009 KISS Workshop at Caltech.

2. Thompson, J., B. Bookhagen, D. W. Burbank & D. Scherler (2008). Remotely-Sensed Glacial Velocities: Mt. Shasta Advance vs. Sierra Nevada Retreat. Eos Trans. AGU, 89(53), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract C23A-0587

1. Thompson, J. & V. B. Ernstsen (2007). Spatial variation of bed material grain size over a large dune in the Jade Bay tidal channel, German Wadden Sea. Eos Trans. AGU, 88(52), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract H51I-0894.

 

Teaching Experience   

University of California, Santa Barbara

Lecturer

Fall 2013                    Earth 6, Mtns, Boots & Backpacks: Intro to Field Geology for non-majors

Teaching Associate

Summer 2013            Earth 20, Geological Catastrophes

Teaching Assistant

Fall 2012                    Earth 104A, Field Methods I

Spring 2012               Earth 20, Geologic Catastrophes

Spring 2009               GS 176, GIS Applications to Geology

Winter 2009                GS 103, Structural Geology

Summer 2008             GS 118, Geology Summer Field Camp

Spring 2008                GS 104B, Field Methods II

Winter 2008                GS 103, Structural Geology

Fall 2007                     GS 4, Intro to Oceanography

Fall 2007                     GS 6, Mtns, Boots & Backpacks: Intro to Field Geology for non-Majors

Fall 2007 – 2013         GS 2, Intro to Geology, Volunteer TA for weekend local field trips.


Outreach & Service Activities 

Reviewer for Earth and Planetary Science Letters, JGR-Solid Earth, Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, and Tectonics

MIT Educational Counselor

NSF Panel & Ad Hoc Reviewer

AGU OSPA and AAPG Judge

2016                    Convener, Asian Tectonics: From Continental Collision to Subduction, Fall AGU Meeting

2014                    ESWN Opportunities Beyond Academia Panelist 

2013                    Convener, GSA Cordilleran Section Meeting, Geomorphology & Quaternary Geology 

2012 - 2013         UCSB Earth Science Alumni Career Panel Planning Committee

2010-2011            Co-organizer of weekly colloquium series, UCSB 

2008-2011            Women in Science & Engineering, UCSB


Professional Affiliations 

American Geophysical Union Member

Geological Society of America Member

Association for Women Geoscientists Member

American Association of Petroleum Geologists Member

Earth Science Women's Network Member