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Sean F. Gallen, Ph.D
Research Scientist
Geological Institute, ETH-Zurich, 
NO E 31, Sonneggstrasse 5, 
8092 Zurich, Switzerland 
Email: sean.gallen(at)erdw.ethz.ch; Phone: +41 44 632 03 61
I am a geologist interested in the fields of tectonics and geomorphology. Most of my research involves the development of topography in active and ancient mountain belts. To understand how topography evolves on a range time-scales (centuries to millions of years), I combine field studies, geochronology, geographic information systems (GIS), and numerical modeling.

Some of my current and past research projects include:

  • Evaluating the role of earthquakes in orogen-scale denudation
  • The tectonic geomorphology, paleoseismology and geodynamics of the Hellenic subduction zone
  • Late Cenozoic topographic evolution of the southern Appalachians
  • Tertiary terrane translations in the Northern Cordillera


2000-2004    The University of Vermont           BA          Geology/Political Science
2006-2008    Western Washington University    MS          Geology
2009-2013    North Carolina State University    PhD         Earth Science